Our mission is to help foster children in the Greater Washington/Baltimore Metropolitan Area receive sustainable care and provide a sense of stability and belonging as they grow and develop into young, positive adults.
Our vision is to help each and every foster child we service in the Greater Washington/Baltimore Metropolitan Area receive permanent home placement and provide ample care and attention to help them grow and develop into young, positive adults.
Based on the latest 2006 data by the National Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), there are an estimated 510,000 children in foster care. Forty-nine percent (49%) of these children live in non-relative foster family homes, and only seventeen percent (17%) have been adopted (Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2009). Even more startling is the fact that an estimated 20,000 foster children “age out” of the foster care system without ever receiving a permanent placing. In response to these growing statistics, kinship care services have been introduced across the U.S. to train and certify birth relatives into foster parents and/or legal guardians, so that they may effectively provide quality care to foster children. The ultimate goal of kinship care is to preserve the family core and provide a sense of stability, security and belonging that many foster children never experience.
Bridging Hope’s Foster/Group Home wholeheartedly believes in the principles of kinship care and whenever possible, we work to preserve the child’s family core and offer services and programs to help build sustainable care in a child’s home. Through active community partnership, self-evaluation, and evidenced-based methods, we involve both biological and foster parents to ultimately provide consistency and continuity in a family setting for the growing child.
Bridging Hope’s Foster/Group Home offers housing and specialized care for children and youth who are state and/or court wards. Working closely with child, family and foster care agencies within the Greater Washington/Baltimore Metropolitan Area, we work to integrate children and youth back into their local community. Residents of the facility participate in a structured life to include counseling and tutoring. In addition to these services, we also offer:
- Kinship care training
- Temporary guardianship/lodging
- Biological and foster parent therapy
- Addiction counseling