The more than 400,000 children in foster care throughout the United States are drastically underserved and their outcomes reflect that reality: high rates of incarceration, mental health challenges, teenage pregnancy, unemployment, and an exponentially increased probability of being trafficked or homeless. In San Diego alone, more than 5,100 pass through the foster care system annually, with 40 percent of children under the age of five. Infants in foster care in San Diego are shuffled to an average of three homes before the age of one.
Because God cares deeply for these most vulnerable of children, Hope for San Diego equips families to foster and adopt, support these families, and connect volunteers with the needs of the foster care system. Hope for San Diego raises awareness about the connection between the broken foster care system and tragic outcomes for vulnerable youth.
Learn More – View the recording of our Foster Care Forum featuring panels of adoptive and foster parents, and representatives from local organizations that facilitate caring for vulnerable children at all different levels of commitment.
Foster Care Forum Part 1 - Agency Panel
Foster Care Forum Part 2 - Parent Panel
Outfits for boys and girls (0-3 months), Enfamil formula, baby wash, lotion, and shampoo. Items can be delivered to Redeemer Church (1831 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA, 92024) labeled Hope for San Diego.
Participate in a support group
Hope for San Diego honors and affirms parents who care for vulnerable children in their home through foster care and adoption. In order to care for these families and encourage their ministry to children, we are in the process of creating a network of physical, spiritual, and emotional support. This is also an ideal first step if you are interested in fostering or adopting a child. If you would like to be a part of this network or learn more please submit the form here.
Provide babysitting or respite care for foster families
Foster families are often stretched to capacity and need help and support to manage all the needs of the children in their care. Babysitters can care for a child in foster care for up to eight hours after completing a brief training and background check. Individuals and families are also needed to provide respite care for foster families. This requires a more extensive training and evaluation process. If you are interested in exploring how you can support foster families, please complete the form here.
Become a CASA
Consider becoming a CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate. Once a CASA volunteer accepts a case, they are officially appointed by a Juvenile Court judge, authorizing them to become involved in the child’s case and gain access to their records. As the Juvenile Court’s eyes and ears for children in foster care, these volunteer advocates speak up on their child’s behalf and help them through what is often a confusing and scary time. The first step is filling out an application and attending an information session. If you’re interested in learning more, please submit the form here.