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Join me as Cultivating Families' Founder, CEO, and Board Member

by Amy Bezecny

Supporting: Companion Planting for Cultivating Families

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Some of you may be hearing about us for the first time because we are “breaking new ground” to make a positive difference for children in foster care. Many of you have supported us through financial contributions, participating in our courses and projects, or simply encouraging us along the way. We've all worked together, promoting and encouraging healthy foster care and successful adoptions so that no child is left to navigate life alone. Now, through our 2020 Companion Planting Campaign, we all have an opportunity to do more for local area children, families, and communities of faith.  

  

I love that Cultivating Families grew organically from one church’s adoption ministry to my fellowship and then to our nonprofit organization. We have our challenges as a young 501c3 organization. Yet, one thing remains constant. Our work, equipping communities of faith to care for children from foster care, is making a positive difference in our community.  

  

Throughout 2019, 1871 volunteers served 1591 children and families totaling 3,462 individual encounters. This is double from last year! Digging deeper, 0ur 2019 numbers reveal:   

  •  4 children placed in homes of participants in our activities  

  •  58 foster/adoptive parents supported by care groups and parent classes  

  •  2 parents in the process to foster/adopt  

  •  12 congregations actively engaged in helping foster and adoptive families.   

Beyond numbers, we also gather great feedback:  

"We’ve noticed our volunteers handling behavior better after your training.”   

“We’ve noticed that foster children are a higher priority when selecting a mission, outreach, or social justice projects and the education piece is very valuable to our congregation.”  

“The support group has increased general awareness, compassion for the parents, and has given voice to the way the entire staff and congregation work with the children’s behavior.”  


We accomplished this with a 100% volunteer board of directors and staff and we look forward to greater success in 2020. However, we cannot do this alone. Please join us!


All donations received by midnight December 31 are tax-deductible for the 2019 tax year. All gifts received after December 31 are tax-deductible for the 2020 tax year. What better way to begin your 2020 giving? 


In gardening, the term, companion planting, means sowing seeds in such a way that plants help each other grow. Our board of directors is digging in, planting seeds of hope for children from foster care, and expecting a plentiful harvest.


Cultivating Families' mission is to equip communities of faith to care for foster and adopted children. Our vision is "a future where all communities of faith care for foster and adopted children." Our board of directors believes that "when all faith communities care for foster and adopted children, NO CHILD WILL BE LEFT TO NAVIGATE LIFE ALONE."


It's a dire need. Children from foster care, not adopted by the age of eighteen, "emancipate," and are at risk to navigate the world on their own without lifelong families and relationships. Countless studies show that this often leads to increased school dropout rates, substance abuse, unemployment, higher percentages of incarceration, and many other struggles. Serving all faiths, Cultivating Families is a neutral stakeholder that brings everyone to the table including The Department of Family and Protective Services, Faith leaders, child placement agencies, and qualified therapists.


Our board of directors invites you to help make a difference in the lives of these children by making a donation, becoming a Corporate Sponsor, or volunteering for Cultivating Families. Your contribution is needed to help grow and expand programs that help equip communities of faith to nurture the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of children from foster care. 


Your generous support of the kids in our local area is making a difference every day in our community. By investing in the children, you are investing in the future.


WHEN YOU MAKE A DONATION TO CULTIVATING FAMILIES:

  • You ensure that we can continue to equip communities of faith to care for local foster and adopted children.
  • It makes a difference when we engage new congregations, develop new programs and courses that help foster and adoptive parents, recruit and train new course and event leaders, offer the community-wide prayer initiative for all children in foster care, and more!


WHEN YOU VOLUNTEER FOR CULTIVATING FAMILIES:

  • You gain insight into the lives of foster and adopted children and their families.
  • You actively participate in a way that helps children and families involved in the foster care system.
  • You can track your hours and gain references for your resume or education  


WHEN YOUR CORPORATION SUPPORTS CULTIVATING FAMILIES:

  • It sends a strong message to the community that your organization is socially responsible and cares about giving back to the community. 
  • It demonstrates to your employees that your company is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of at-risk children in the community where they live.
  • Your employees can take advantage of volunteer opportunities that benefit children in need and
  • gain a better understanding of the challenges local foster and adopted children face.


These are just a few of the ways in which you and your company or organization will benefit from a partnership with Cultivating Families. A relationship with us is more than just a business deal; it’s a promise of a better tomorrow for children from foster care.


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