All For Family at a Glance
A Bit of Background
All For Family is a nonprofit that was founded to help fulfill several unmet needs pertaining to foster children, foster families, and bio families. Our mission is to make a positive difference in our community, and especially in the lives of hundreds of children and families.
How We Plan to Make a Difference
Acitive Program: Supervised Family Visits
At All For Family, we recognize how important it is for foster children to maintain family connections. For many bio parents, if they are approved for more than one hour supervised visits per week with their children, they often must provide their own supervisor, but may lack the resources to do so. Please see our "Programs" section to read more about how we are actively working to address this need.
With the help of skilled volunteers, other area resources, and donated materials, All For Family networks to help with home repairs needed for more families to become licensed foster parents, foster families who need change something in their home to keep siblings together, and when home repairs are the only reason a child may not be able to return home to their bio family.
Indoor Playground/Youth Area
One tragic aspect of foster care is the reality that siblings are often separated from one another. To help maintain sibling bonds and connections, All For Family is actively working to raise funds to establish an indoor playground/youth area, free for foster children/youth, in Jefferson County, MO appropriate for multiple age groups. This space could also serve as a safe youth hangout area where teens can help support other teens.
Future Goal: In-Home Behavioral Support
Although not every child in foster care has significant behavioral issues, every child in foster care has experienced some form of trauma. Some children, though, in trying to cope with this trauma and the confusion of their situation, do display difficult behaviors. In order to help prevent such children from being moved from their foster homes, All For Family, with adequate support and funding, has a goal of providing In-Home Behavioral Support and resource information to Foster and Kinship Families.
Future Goal: Transitional Living for Teens
One very large vision All For Family has is to make it possible where no teen ever has to be homeless. In Jefferson County, MO, there are reportedly 75+ homeless teens, and those are the just the ones accounted for. There are also numerous youth aging out of foster care with little support to help guide them into adulthood and independence. All For Family has a goal of setting up transitional living to help teens access the resources they need, and learn necessary skills to be successful, independent adults.
"We can change the world one thought at a time, one child at a time, one family at a time, one community at a time..."