Hope & Home is the only agency that nurtures foster parents as much as foster children.
Love to Nurture Training
All Hope & Home foster parents receive Love to Nurture training for free! Our gentle approach to raising kids has received praise from state officials and is just one reason why our foster parents have such successful relationships with the children they care for and, in many cases, adopt.
When you call Hope & Home, you will speak with a live person ready to address your needs. We also have an on-call phone that allows us to place children and handle your emergencies 24/7, seven days a week.
Foster Care Plus
From helping you through the first few days of a child’s arrival to helping sort out your paperwork, our “foster care plus” team will advocate and troubleshoot for you. It’s important to us that our foster parents never feel alone.
Hope & Home University
Our families receive the finest training for local and remote families alike. Depending on how far you are from Hope & Home’s physical “hub,” you can decide to take classes at our on-campus university or utilize the online training track.
Hope & Home’s Zoondoogle factory is a glow-in-the-dark, elaborately decorated room where children can cash in their earned “Zoondoogle” currency for toys and prizes.
“Ta’s Place”- Our Very Own Playground
When the summer sun is out and movie theaters just don’t do the trick, we have “Ta’s Place.” Kids are invited to climb, slide, and run around on our giant playground.
Soft Lights and Beautiful Murals
Many people who come to Hope & Home do so under very difficult circumstances – whether it’s a child who was just separated from their family or a couple who’s suffered the heartbreak of infertility and are looking at their adoption options. We have intentionally designed the interior of our building to feel warm and inviting so all can be as comfortable as possible.
It costs Hope & Home thousands of dollars to certify just one foster family. For this reason, some agencies prohibit their foster families from adopting any of the children they care for to prevent the families from “retiring” and quitting foster care.
At Hope & Home, fully half of our families each year will “go inactive” because they have adopted and their households are complete! We celebrate every family who gives a child a “forever home” through adoption, and we honor their permanent place in our extended family.
Elaborate Holiday Parties
We always have our annual Christmas party for our kids (featuring Santa, of course!) and an elegant dinner for foster parents so Mom and Dad can enjoy a “date night” during the holidays.
The Woodsum Daniel Store
This is where brand-new comfort items such as blankets and pajamas can be “shopped for” by little ones who’ve had to leave behind everything they own. It is also where foster parents can go within the first 24 hours of a placement and take anything they may need.
During training classes and support groups our specially trained teen baristas fire up our coffeehouse-quality espresso machine and offer everything from caramel frappuccinos to lattes and smoothies–and the drinks are on us! However, we do urge that you leave a tip for our foster teens who work there.