• 105 children in Buchanan County are in need of foster homes but as of November 2019, there are only 47 licensed foster homes in the county.

Uniting families through foster care and adoption.

We offer certification and support for a variety of foster care services, including traditional, respite, kinship, and medical foster care in St. Joseph and surrounding areas. In addition, our specialized treatment foster care program offers the highest level of care available to children who have experienced significant trauma. Our home finding team works hard to match children with families in both foster care and adoption cases, working to help children experience permanency and find their forever homes.

Keeping children safe through prevention and intervention services.

Believing prevention and early intervention combat trauma and promote safety and health, we opened our St. Joseph office in 2019 to bring intensive in-home services (IIS) and intensive family reunification services (IFRS) to the area. Both programs are proven to support healthy, stable home environments that are safe for children. We also utilize Solution-Based Casework, an evidence-based model that reduces lengths of stay for youth in residential treatment and prevents re-entries of children into state custody.

Helping St. Joseph youth gain independence.

We partner with young adults in St. Joesph who are not welcome at home or have no home to return to. Pathways is an apartment-style housing and support program tailored to meet the needs of young adults who have aged out of foster care and/or are homeless. We help them to learn the life skills they need to become more independent.

Success Stories

Gabriela's Story

When Gabriela learned she was pregnant, she went into rehab. After her son was born, our IIS team worked with her on parenting skills and a relapse prevention plan.

Issac's Story

Issac was in a juvenile correctional facility. With the help of our Pathways program, he was able to overcome his anxiety and lack of confidence to become self-sufficient and even start teaching cooking lessons.

Weaver Family Story

During 20+ years of fostering, the Weavers have cared for 87 youth, adopted 6 and had 3 biological children. A young man who has lived with them for years shares his story.

Our Most Urgent Needs

  • We are in need of Individuals, couples and families to partner with us to meet the needs of children in state custody by providing a safe and nurturing home to these children.
  • Donate basic necessities such as clothing, towels, toiletries, healthy snacks, etc. for these youth. 
  • Get involved with us through our advocacy efforts.
  • Ensure the safety and health of St. Joseph children and families by making a donation today to support programs like foster care, Pathways, IIS and IFRS.