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To provide each child in foster care with life long connections that only a family can offer. Core beliefs inherent in this approach are:
- every child has a family;
- loneliness can be devastating and particularly felt by foster children;
- meaningful connections to family help a child develop a sense of belonging;
- the single most identified factor contributing to positive outcomes for children involves meaningful connections and lifelong relationships with family.
Reconnecting Children with Families is a partnership with Washington County Commission on Children and Families, the Wraparound Initiative, and DHS. We are working together to build support systems for foster youth to enable their future success. Most teens age out of the foster care system at the age of 18. Many have nowhere to go and no one to turn to. They are less likely to succeed as productive members of society due to their lack of support. Our teams work together to find relatives who have lost contact with the youth. Through the Reconnecting Children with Families program, often over 50 relatives per child are found. Some of these relatives offer a place for the youth to go on holidays. They may take them to family reunions, help them get through college, even become a permanent placement. Teens also report a deeper understanding of who they are and a greater sense of belonging. This is an exciting new program that has found success around the country. We are making history with our forward strides to build support for foster youth. Consider joining our team.
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