Foster and adoptive families
Most foster families say that fostering is the most enriching experience of their lives but also the most difficult. Getting to know and love the children, families and professionals in their lives is transforming. Yet, only 50% of foster parents continue to foster into their second year or second foster placement. Likewise, many adoptive parents navigate unanticipated challenges in their post-adoption journey. Simply put, foster care and adoption can be really hard. The journey is filled with unique stressors that require consistent, relational support and access to high level trauma-informed caregiver training. Families who receive this kind of equipping serve as foster parents longer and more effectively. To achieve Project ZERO, we not only need more foster and adoptive families entering the system, but also a reduction of families leaving the system.