The Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program was launched at Christian City in 2018 with the purpose of serving more children in our community. When the Crossroads program began, there were 15,000 children in the foster care system in Georgia – a number that had doubled over the previous five years. The Department of Children and Family Services is making a concerted effort to find loving homes for all foster children in Georgia and we are pleased to be able to assist in that effort. By late 2019, the number of foster children in Georgia had declined to less than 14,000.
Many children bounce from placement to placement and some never find a forever home. While adoption is not an option for every child, the Crossroads program creates an avenue for foster parents to adopt the children in their care when possible.
The Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program at Christian City is designed to find and equip wonderful families for children in need of a loving home. Each family is given specialized care and attention to ensure adequate training and support. Permanency is the ultimate goal for each child through either reunification with the child’s birth family or adoption.
Crossroads provides foster care, foster-to-adoption, and adoption services for children in state custody.
If you are interested in exploring whether foster care is right for you, download this self-assessment questionnaire. To apply to be a foster caregiver or adoptive parent, contact Bianca Arnold at email@example.com.
Wondering what it means to be a foster parent? Schedule an information session to determine if fostering is right for you and your family. You can help change these Georgia statistics: As of May 2019, there are 13,718 children in foster care; 150 incidents of child abuse and neglect reported daily; 113 children died from abuse and neglect in 2015. If you are interested in exploring whether foster care is right for you, download this self-assessment questionnaire, contact Bianca Arnold at firstname.lastname@example.org or complete this form to schedule an information session.
A respite care family is a temporary fill-in foster family for as little as a few hours or as much as a few weeks. Performing respite care for a foster family means you could step in to care for their child(ren) in the event of an emergency, a date night, the weekend or other needs that may arise in the foster family. A respite care family is required to complete the same trainings and they are held to the same standards as a traditional foster family. Respite families can influence the life of a child in numerous ways! To learn more about becoming a respite family with Crossroads, please contact Bianca Arnold at email@example.com.
Thinking about adding to your heart and home through adoption? Contact us for info and learn more about adopting a child who is in state custody. Many children in foster care never find a forever home. You can change that by adopting a child.
- 24/7 on-call support by professionally licensed staff
- Support group for foster/adoptive parents
- Pre-approval and annual training
- Completion of home studies
- Access to library of materials related to fostering/adopting for both parents and children.
- Assessment and fulfillment of child’s physical, social, emotional, educational/vocational, nutritional, spiritual/cultural, and permanency needs
- Recommendations and referrals for community resources
- Respite opportunities
- Free access to thrift store for clothing & goods
- Free access to a pantry with toiletry items, toys, school supplies etc.
- Assistance with transportation, when feasible
- Transitional living opportunities for older youth
The Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program needs volunteers in the following areas:
- Tutoring – those interested in helping children reach their educational goals, i.e. retired/current teachers, college students, etc.
- Helping with events planned for our foster and adoptive families throughout the year
- Clerical opportunities
- Providing meals to our foster/adoptive families
- Helping us during Foster Care Awareness Month in May
- Helping us during Adoption Awareness Month in November
- Sharing information about the Crossroads program with your church and civic and social groups
Click here to see how you can make an impact on the Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program by making a financial donation. In-kind donations of items listed below are also appreciated:
- Tickets to child-friendly events, museums, or amusement parks
- Gift Cards (Walmart, Target, etc.)
- Weighted blankets for infants 4-10 pounds – helpful for children who have experienced abuse or neglect
- Chewlery – helpful for children on the autism spectrum
- Scrapbooking supplies
- Unexpired car seats
- First Aid Kits/Supplies
- Toiletries, health & hygiene products
- New toys/books for all ages
- Baby products (pacifiers, formula, diapers, wipes, etc)
- Food items
- Household cleaning supplies
To hear about current needs of our foster families, please contact Michaela Guthrie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-336-6566.
Are you a DFCS case worker who knows of a child that may need our help? To refer a child to The Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program please email email@example.com.
Here at Crossroads, placement referrals must come to us from DFCS. If you are concerned for the well-being of a child, please visit the DFCS website for additional information on how you can report your concerns.
Why should I become a foster parent?
- Unfortunately, there are not enough foster parents to provide a loving home to each child. Foster parents can help a child by providing safety, stability, and love.
Who are the children in most need of a home?
- Sibling groups
- Children with medical needs
What are the steps to becoming a foster or adoptive parent?
- Complete an information session
- Various training including CPR/First Aid and IMPACT FCP
- An approved home study
- Various background checks
- Medical Evaluation
Will I receive any financial help?
- Parents who foster are given a monthly payment based on the age and needs of the child(ren) in their home. Parents who adopt may also qualify for adoption assistance from the state if the child(ren) in their home meet the requirements.
How will I know what type of child will be placed with me?
- You will be able to share with our agency your placement preferences, including requests related to age range, gender identity, number of children, etc.
Why choose Crossroads?
- 24/7 access to professionally licensed staff.
- Your human services provider will be an advocate for your family. This includes accompanying you to court procedures, searching for services within your community, and being a liaison with DFCS when needed.
- Quarterly events organized by us for you and your family.
- Welcome gift once approved.
Fostering Dreams – Sarah Jane Booth and Michaela Guthrie, Program Executives Interview, on Fayette Woman Live!
For more information about Crossroads, please contact Bianca Arnold or fill out the form below.
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