DCFS Encourages Faith, Business, Community Groups to Join the Growing 'Louisiana Fosters' Movement

Resources available for foster caregivers listed on Louisiana Fosters website

BATON ROUGE, La. – As National Foster Care Month comes to an end, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is urging more faith, business and community groups to join the growing Louisiana Fosters movement by supporting the state's foster care system.

Louisiana Fosters is a statewide initiative launched by First Lady Donna Edwards in August 2017 to inspire and mobilize faith, nonprofit, business and service communities to partner with the state to bolster support for foster parents and the children in their care.

The First Lady's initiative builds upon DCFS' implementation of the Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI), an approach to foster care that emphasizes teamwork among foster parents, birth parents and agency staff. Louisiana Fosters seeks to strengthen that framework by connecting foster parents and caregivers with the support systems they need in their communities.

In August, the First Lady brought together stakeholders from across the state at the Governor's Mansion to hear what some DCFS partners already were doing to support the state's foster care system. Edwards then charged those in attendance to mobilize and use those inspiring messages to seek out ways of helping the foster families in their communities.

"Not everyone can be a foster parent, but everyone can do something," Edwards said at the time.

Since the First Lady issued her call to action, many groups both large and small have joined the Louisiana Fosters movement, either by starting new projects and ministries or by expanding existing efforts into new areas. A robust list of partners offering resources for foster caregivers is now available on the Louisiana Fosters website at www.LouisianaFosters.la.gov/Resources.html.

Examples of some of the new and expanding efforts include:

"We are so grateful for the efforts of all our partners, who are working to make sure foster parents and caregivers across the state have the support systems they need to care for our foster children," said DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters. "If you think your church, your nonprofit or your business might be able to get involved, we encourage you to reach out to us."

For more information about Louisiana Fosters and how to get involved, visit www.LouisianaFosters.la.gov or email LouisianaFosters@la.gov.