2020 was a challenging year for us at St. Vincent Family Center. We know that many other agencies or businesses have experienced difficulties that are equal or perhaps beyond what we have seen. The team at St. Vincent Family Center is resilient and we have come through it all in pretty good shape. Like so many others, we are hopeful that this new year will allow us to return to some form of normality in the coming months.
We have a growing Foster Care program at St. Vincent Family Center. Given the greater need for foster care for children in Central Ohio, we are increasing our efforts in this area. Thousands of children across Ohio are in need of stable, consistent and loving homes. SVFC matches children in Ohio who need a place of respite and stability with foster parents who provide loving, nurturing temporary homes. SVFC offers an intimate, family-oriented approach to supporting foster parents. As a small agency, SVFC provides expert training, 24/7 support, one-on-one-coaching, and access to our social-emotional health services and our behavioral health experts to offer the support needed to foster a child.
As Christians, we are encouraged to open our lives to the most vulnerable, and there is no better way to embody the Lord’s love and grace than caring for those who have no one else to care for them. God is called a father to the fatherless and a defender of the weak, and those who have been adopted into his family are called to walk in his ways. Those who are called to do so can lean on their faith, commitment and generosity to aid a child in need by becoming a foster parent and offering them a bright light of hope.
There may be families at St. Brigid of Kildare who serve as foster parents today, and others who have thought about becoming foster parents. We would like to help interested families learn more. SVFC is hosting two Virtual Info Sessions to share more about what it means to foster a child and address questions and curiosities of those who may be considering:
- Tuesday, January 19 from 6:00pm-7:00pm I Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87085330490
- Thursday, January 21 from 7:00pm-8:00pm I Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87991034439
Individuals and families who wish to move forward in the process after attending the Virtual Info Session will be invited to attend SVFC’s Foster Parent Training beginning February 2. If you are interested in learning more about SVFC’s Foster Parent Training or have any questions for the team at St. Vincent Family Center, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.