The Church has a clear biblical mandate to care for the most vulnerable among us. For Christians, serving as a foster parent is an act of obedience that is incredibly rewarding. However, it is often a challenging experience.
Crossroads NOLA walks alongside potential foster families – from initial certification through final placement. We understand that by investing in stable, loving families we are actually investing in the lives of vulnerable children. Read more about our strategy on our Foster Care and Adoption page.
Crossroads NOLA Difference
- Foster Care Specialist
Through a partnership with Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home, Crossroads NOLA employs a Foster Care Specialist to conduct, write, and submit the required home study and certification paperwork for our foster families. Caseloads are maintained at a level that allows Crossroads NOLA to ensure that potential foster families are certified in a timely manner. Additionally, the Foster Care Specialist maintains a relationship with each foster family – providing support and resources as children are placed in the home.
- Volunteer/Church Support
Crossroads NOLA works with local churches to train volunteers to support foster families. We also maintain a citywide network of support – offering support groups and respite events for foster families.
- Additional Resources
Crossroads NOLA’s foster families have access to a variety of resources not provided by the state. Bi-Monthly Connect Events connect foster families with each other and information that applies to their unique parenting situation. Connect Events are led by Dr. Kristyn Carver, a LPC certified in TBRI. Additionally we provide a quarterly training on trauma and attachment in partnership with Tulane Infant Team to help foster parents better prepare and respond to parenting challenges unique to foster care. Additionally, we have a resource center -stocked with clothes, toys, diapers, and other essentials – that serves as a one-stop-shop for foster families who receive a child into their home with little notice. Our Foster Care Specialist maintains a library of resources – books, articles, and DVDs that can be utilized by foster families throughout their time of service.
In order to become a certified foster family through Crossroads NOLA, applicants must meet all Louisiana DCFS requirements as well as Crossroads NOLA’s additional requirements.
Crossroads NOLA/LBCH Requirements for potential Foster Families:
- Church membership and involvement
- Have three Family Partners committed to the physical, emotional, and spiritual support of the foster family
- Read The Connected Child and complete discussion questions
- Signed Statement of Faith (for LBCH home study only)
- Provide quarterly placement data
GENERAL FOSTER PARENT INFORMATION
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
TAKE NEXT STEPS TO BECOME A FOSTER PARENT