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Tak3n – It’s not just for the movies

Amanda Barton

Imagine, in the middle of the night, law enforcement comes into your home, apprehends you and/or your spouse. Your children sneak out and see what is going on. In shock, they run and hide. Within minutes a stranger comes to them and says they have to go with them. Your child maybe has two minutes to grab a change of clothes and a favorite stuffed animal, blankie or toy before he is shuffled between big tall policemen and social workers. Your child gets in the back seat of this stranger’s car, no idea what is going on where he is being taken. All he hears is the social worker making phone calls to more strangers asking if they have room for a couple of kids that night. “They appear to be good kiddos. Mom and dad were taken into custody.”
 
Call after call, nobody can take in some extra kids. For six hours, your children sit in a cold office in just their pajamas. Everything that was safe is now gone. All they have is a few items from home and maybe each other.
 
Finally, the social worker tells your children they found somewhere they can stay that is “safe”. Your children are taken to a four-bedroom home to a family with three older kids.
 
More strangers your children are just supposed to trust, miles from everything they knew – their friends, family, house, car, school, parks, toys –  everything that was safe and “normal” is now gone - dropped in a world where someone is going to be paid to look after them.
 
Will they see you tomorrow; three weeks; three years? Will they be able to see grandpa and grandma again; their friends or neighbors?
 
We can only imagine what this experience could be like for a child. With the right guidance and care these kids have the potential to be our strongest leaders because of the resiliency they have been forced to experience.
 
Unfortunately, like many children in this generation, a majority of kids in foster care feel forgotten, unloved and unwanted. There is no “normal” for these kids. Whether they are in kinship care, living with relatives or traditional foster care, everything these children knew, not only in the physical, but for most their ability to dream, believe and hope, has been taken away. This is where Fostering Hope is making a difference!
 
Fostering Hope reaches out to children who have been abused and neglected and are now in foster care. Through day camps, special events, retreats and summer camps, Fostering Hope is a constant in the ever-changing world of foster children, providing a guiding influence that will positively impact the lives of these kids forever.
 
Foster families tell us how important Fostering Hope is in the lives of their family, not only providing much-needed respite, but also being another voice speaking life into these children and believing in them.
 
For foster children, Fostering Hope gives children the opportunity to just be and discover their potential.