Our Project Goals
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. Our goal is to find locations throughout Jefferson County, MO where these visits can take place. We will be looking for churches, schools, and businesses throughout the county who can support our endeavors by offering space we can use for evening and weekend visits. We also hope to recruit volunteers to supervise these visits, and we especially hope to recruit college students who must complete volunteer or field experience hours as part of their degree program requirements.
One project goal All For Family would like to accomplish is to help with home repairs needed to help more families become licensed foster parents, to help foster families be able to keep siblings groups together, and to step in 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 has a goal of setting up 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.
Toy/Educational Lending Library
All For Family would like to begin a toy/educational lending library to serve foster and underprivileged families. We are actively seeking funding to make this mission possible, as well as a space to house the library.