Human Services

FOSTER LOVE MINISTRIES

Building Families, Fostering Love

BRUNSWICK, GA   |  http://www.fosterloveministries.com

Mission

Collaboratively working with foster and birth families to facilitate birth families being restored geographically, internally (healing the internal traumas that disrupted the family unit), and achieving permanency through a framework of God’s love.

Ruling year info

2018

Owner/Exec. Director

Marci Bourland

Main address

4429 NEW JESUP HWY

BRUNSWICK, GA 31520 USA

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EIN

82-4458152

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Foster Care (P32)

Single Organization Support (F11)

Religion Related, Spiritual Development N.E.C. (X99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Georgia is experiencing an explosive increase in its foster care population due to the Opioid epidemic and Coastal Georgia is feeling its effects too. There are approximately 170 children in Glynn County foster care but sadly fewer than 30 foster homes to serve those children and families in crisis. This means that on any given day, there are more than 100+ Glynn County children placed in foster homes outside of their local community all across the state of Georgia! This makes reunification of children and their birth parents much less likely and is a deterrent for maintaining strong, healthy family bonds.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Foster Care

FLM recruits, trains and licenses foster families through local church communities to provide Christian homes for children placed in foster care through the Department of Family and Children’s Services. FLM matches children and sibling groups ages 0-18 yrs. old with suitable foster homes to provide temporary care while their birth parents complete their case plan to reunite the family. FLM also provides various assessments, home study services and therapeutic counseling services to promote family health and stability for the purposes of reuniting families as quickly as possible.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Caregivers

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

FLM is partnering with local churches to solve our communities’ foster care crisis. With more than 200 churches in Glynn County, if 1 family in every church said “Yes” to fostering a child in need, we would have more foster homes available than children in need of a home! Our goal is to recruit, train and license foster homes to care for the needs of local children entering into foster care in partnership with area churches so that children are not further traumatized and displaced from their local community and the natural family and relational supports.

FLM is recruiting 20 initial church partnerships to raise awareness of the foster care problem and to serve those church families answering the call to foster local children in need. FLM trains and licenses foster homes to co-parent and form mentoring relationships with birth parents in anticipation of family reunifications. FLM provides assessments, home study and counseling and other wrap-around services to children and their birth parents to aid in successful family reunifications.

FLM is a licensed child placing agency through the state of Georgia and has established several local church partnerships and is developing new ones. FLM provides awareness campaigns to churches and community partners and offers training to volunteers, foster and respite parents. FLM partners with several regional DFCS county offices to provide contract services to families engaged in child-welfare services.

FLM is able to monitor and track how many families and churches are served through its awareness campaigns, in addition to tracking foster care outcome indicators such as how many foster homes are available to serve children locally as well as program discharge statistics such as the number of children reunited with birth parents, the number of children who achieve permanency with a relative placement or those who achieve permanency through adoption.

FLM was licensed as a Christian Child Placing agency in May 2019 and is developing its base of funding streams in order to fully staff all its programs. FLM has provided training for 8 new families within the past 2 months. Three of these families have completed 24-hours of additional instructional training and are completing final steps to become licensed foster parents. FLM is currently hiring staff to provide more services to families through wrap-around, assessment, and counseling services.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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FOSTER LOVE MINISTRIES

Board of directors
as of 11/24/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Tony Bailey

Caroline Schofield

Attorney of Law

Katherine Oswald

Dept. of Family & Children's Services

Allan Cox

Coastal GA Community College

Kendall Shaw

Gilead Worship Center

Emily Hoffman

Certified Public Accountant

Keywords

Foster Care, Children, Youth, Birth Parents, Foster Parents, Recruiting, Training, License Foster Parents, Christian Foster Care, Christian Ministry, Foster, Love, Foster Love, NTEE codes: A01, A02, A11, A23, A70, A99, F01, F02, F99, I143, I172, O001, O002, O011, P01, P02, P11, P30, P31, P32, P99, X01, X02, X11, X20, X21, X22, X99