INTERVENING THROUGH CARE COMMUNITIES
Promise686 doesn’t decide whether a child goes into the child welfare system…that’s up to the state. However, we know when the state does intervene, it’s time for the Church to intervene. Did you know there are over 400,000 children in the U.S. foster care system and over 300,00 churches in America? That means, if every church could raise up one foster family, we’d have enough homes for these vulnerable children.
But fostering is a tough job. Without support, it can feel nearly impossible to continue. In fact, the national average of families who continue fostering after their first year is about 50%, but when supported by a Promise686 Family Advocacy Ministry and its Care Communities, 90% continue fostering into a second year.
That’s why we’re on a mission to mobilize churches to create this much-needed support for foster families. Our network is made up of over 1,000 churches & FAMs nationwide, each providing the support of Care Communities to roughly 1800 families in need.
CONNECTING CHILDREN WITH FAMILIES THROUGH ADOPTION GRANTS
Since we began in 2007, Promise686 has awarded over $3.5 million, helping over 400 children and families connect for a lifetime. In 2021, we awarded over $200,860 in adoption grants.
PREVENTING FOSTER CARE BY PRESERVING FAMILIES
Promise686 implements CarePortal in Georgia, a tool to help churches care for vulnerable children by meeting the needs of families in crisis. CarePortal is a technological platform that provides entry-level opportunities to connect a network of caring people in churches to the physical needs of families in their community, and has already served over 115,600 children.
This network can provide preventative support for struggling families before foster care is a necessity. In 2020, we launched CarePortal in two new counties including, DeKalb and Fulton. As of February 2022, CarePortal had created $1,432,931 in Georgia economic impact.
TRAINING CHURCH ADVOCATES
In 2021, the Promise686 staff worked with our partners to train 437 new leaders across the nation through 16 Virtual Clinics. These Clinics equip individuals to create and lead successful FAMs within their local church.
“After the clinic, I’m now inspired and determined to get my church involved. The material, training, and support offered by your organization make this a no-brainer decision.” – Advocate in California
SERVING VULNERABLE CHILDREN NATIONWIDE
Because of our generous donors, we’re able to continue mobilizing churches across the country. While we currently serve 313 Georgia churches, we work with 37 affiliates in 27 states to serve over 1,000 churches nationwide.
This group of churches and affiliates is called The Promise Network and we work together to implement Family Advocacy Ministries (FAMs).
Not quite sure how to get involved? Following one of the steps below is a no-commitment, easy way to explore whether partnering with Promise686 could be a good fit.