Our goal is to change who waits in foster care.
Belong University is a series of courses designed to empower leaders with knowledge and strategy for solving the crisis for kids in foster care wisely and collaboratively.
There are many worthy causes. What makes focusing on foster care so strategic?
Solving the crisis for kids in foster care is a smart issue as well as a heart issue.
Kids who age out of foster care without being connected to a family are far more at risk for a myriad of issues. There are at least 10 Social Wounds, all with foster care as a common denominator. We are sincerely thankful for organizations that help people who are homeless, suicidal, trafficked, etc. However, your leadership and involvement can help thousands of kids not need those organizations a few years from now because they belonged to a family that helped them to heal and belong.
Lindy Green Johnson is the Trauma Trainer and Director of Organizational Health for America’s Kids Belong. She also serves as an Associate Clinical Social Worker at a private practice in Newport Beach, California and provides various trauma trainings through Saddleback College in Orange County. She is an adoptive sister and aunt, which fuels her passion to see the church mobilized to solve the crisis for kids in foster care. She has served full time for orphan care related programs as a case worker in foster care and adoption agencies, with the Saddleback Church Orphan Care team, private practice, and national non-profits. In addition, she is a practitioner of Trust Based Relational Interventions and certified in National Adoption Mental Health Competency.
Krista Petty is the Faith Sphere Manager for America’s Kids Belong and foster and adoptive mom. Over the past 20 years, she has worked with faith leaders, equipping them to more compassionately and effectively serve the elderly, homeless, impoverished and now those impacted by foster care and adoption. She has worked for Leadership Network, Group Publishing and a number of nonprofit ministries and churches. She is certified in Results-Based Conversations Facilitation and Strategic Planning, Mental Health First Aid and a frequent presenter for faith communities on Best Practices for Equipping Volunteers in Ministry.