Extraordinary Families provides safe and nurturing homes for children and youth who have been removed from their families’ care due to abuse or neglect. All have suffered trauma – the very act of removal alone is traumatic – and all are in need of a caring family or adult who will help them on their path towards healing. That path may lead to reunification with their parents, adoption with a loving family, or a successful transition to independence. Their families, too, will be walking their own paths toward healing with the hope of reunifying with their children. Very often birth parents have themselves experienced trauma, abuse or neglect as children, and many struggle with substance abuse. When parents are able to heal, reunification is the optimal outcome for children. We support and encourage this healing, helping to maintain and nurture familial bonds for the wellbeing of the children.
Ranging in age from newborn to 21 years, children and youth in foster care are all at varying stages of development and needs. Some are new to foster care; others have been in care for some time or multiple times. Often, they benefit from developmental, educational, and/or therapeutic services. All races, ethnicities, and religions are represented, with an almost equal number of males and females. They are all extraordinary, and with the proper guidance, love, and support, they can all thrive.
At least 10 percent of youth in care identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ). While many enter care because of abuse or discrimination by their families, many continue to face harassment in foster care. This often leads them to run away from their foster homes, which contributes to cycles of homelessness risk of further abuse or negative outcomes. While all youth in care need the support of caring families, LGBTQ youth especially need the respect, validation, and encouragement of concerned adults. Therefore, we are committed to finding supportive families for LGBTQ youth in foster care to help them become independent and successful adults.
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