Our mission is to connect children in crisis to the families, individuals, and opportunities they need to thrive.
Crossroads NOLA is a faith-based 501-c3 nonprofit organization committed to making a difference in the lives of children in foster care in New Orleans. The core of our work focuses on the recruitment, development, and support of local foster families from the faith community in an effort to increase the number of suitable families available to care for local children.
WHAT WE DO
Recruit – In order to best serve vulnerable children in our community, Crossroads NOLA works to increase the number of suitable foster families by recruiting from within the faith community in New Orleans. We partner with local churches to distribute print materials and videos, and host educational events. We have developed tools such as a Heart Gallery – a photo display of children in Louisiana available for adoption. In addition to general recruiting, we recruit specifically to meet the greatest needs – foster homes in rural areas and foster homes for teens.
Develop – Once families have been recruited, Crossroads NOLA continues the process of developing them into certified foster parents. Through a partnership with Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home, Crossroads NOLA provides a state-required orientation and a social worker to guide the family through the certification paperwork and home study process.
Support – Foster parent support is a priority for us. Families who care for children in foster care have unique needs. We help provide stability for these vulnerable children by training and supporting the foster families who care for them. Through our partnership with LBCH, our families have access to a social worker who provides ongoing support and case management. In addition, we work with local churches to recruit volunteers and create the necessary structures needed to support foster families with services such as babysitting, respite care, prayer support, and logistical help. Crossroads NOLA also sponsors foster parent support groups, hosts parents’ night out, and offers other support-based events.
- Love – that is action-oriented and unconditional (1 John 3:18)
- Selflessness – that gives priority to the need of others and requires sacrifice (Philipians 2:3-4)
- Justice – that speaks for and defends the cause of the voiceless (Isaiah 1:17)
- Hospitality – that redefines family as a place of belonging not necessarily determined by birth (Hebrews 13:1-3)
- Interdependence – that acknowledges and promotes the value, dignity, and potential of every person (Genesis 1:27)