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Grace Landing recruiting churches to help foster kids

Posted on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 1:14 pm

By Jennifer DiDomenico

For the News-Gazette

Grace Landing is working to recruit foster families in Osceola County through a big-picture method.

Its community-based, church-led initiative titled Fostering Our Future is missioned to end homelessness in Osceola County children by providing local churches with materials to engage and train foster families.

“We don’t just recruit families, we recruit churches,” said Grace’s Landing Founder and Executive Director Juda Attkisson. “We train churches so they know what to do.”

Each church is given the materials needed to educate and train local families who may be interested in fostering a child, or even a second child. According to Attkisson, 60 percent of foster families opt out after fostering one child.

“We have a huge issue of capacity, stability and quality. We don’t want to just recruit new families but also create stability so the children can stay and the families can continue to foster more children,” she said.

Fostering Our Future is working toward four goals: to mobilize 8 to 10 strategic partnering churches, train and equip 24-30 ministry team leaders, recruit 23 new foster families and obtain 75 Fostering Our Future Support Volunteers in Osceola County. The program launched in 2016 and is currently serving ages 0-23 with six families and seven foster children.

“We want to continue to grow and grow,” said Attkisson. “We’re excited about what we’re doing. My heart has always been to engage the church to help with the foster care issue and provide more for foster children.”

Attkisson began helping children in need seven years ago. She hopes the Fostering our Children program will end child homelessness in the community.

Grace Landing offers several action steps to help Osceola County residents get involved. For more information, contact Juda Attkisson at 407-470-6041.