Families Like Ours, Inc. Programs
Family & Professional Education
Families Like Ours provides nearly 500 hours of educational programing each year to families and professionals. Nearly 80% of families that attend our training for pre adoptive and foster families continue on to provide homes for youth in care. Our educational programing covers pre and post adoptive-foster family education and social service professional training.
Family & Youth Support
This is the backbone of our work; support for pre and post adoptive-foster families and youth. Our team is able to provide therapeutic and non-therapeutic peer-to-peer support, resources and referrals. Post placement is a big part of this work-we stabilize adoptive and foster placements, work with kids directly and provide families with a network of respite and community services. We have designed this program to walk a family through the entire process from start to finish and then stick with them long after.
Active Recruitment Consulting (A.R.C.)
This program works directly with social service professionals, kids needing permanency, and pre adoptive and foster families. Our specialized recruiters provide consulting services to social service professionals and families about kids in foster care needing adoption. Our SAFE project specifically addresses LGBT&Q foster youth, which is now a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids grantee finding adoptive family for LGBT&Q foster youth.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
In February 2011 we received a referral for youth and pre-adoptive family support. The youth, 5 years old had been in more than 8 prior foster homes in two years due to extreme emotional and behavioral challenges, and was also diagnosed a Gender Identity Disorder individual. The case was referred to FLO due to suspected, and later confirmed, discrimination. FLO was able to bring in experts and provide the family and team with added support while advocating for the youth. The result after many months of strong advocating, educating and working with the team resulted in state wide changes within the FCAP program as it pertains to LGBT&Q youth. FLO was able to be an agent of change throughout the case, eventually celebrating the youth’s adoption finalization on December 30, 2011.
Using no State or Federal money, 92% of our total funding provides direct services to youth and families. FLO provides more required adopt-foster trainings than any other non-public agency state wide. Less than 30% of families attending a non-FLO training become foster parents; however, nearly 80% of families taking a FLO training move forward with adoption and foster immediately after their training. Less than 3% of FLO training attendees choose not to move forward with adoption or foster care. Our training budget is $50,000 annually; corporate partners, foundation support and individual donations are needed to cover this cost which provides training to more than 200 family individuals annually.