Changing the world, one family at a time

We’re kicking off the new year with a new challenge: 100 Homes in 100 Days. Our hope is to have 100 new families join our volunteer ranks in the first 100 days of 2023 to help support our mission as we give hope and love to our neighbors when they need us most.

What does it mean to be a host family? Host families welcome children into their home short term, while encouraging parents as they work to put their lives back together and reach their goals, whether that’s a job, a home, seeking treatment for a medical condition, or seeking treatment for an addiction or mental health issue. Throughout the hostings, both families get support from a Better Together family care coordinator.

We all need a village. We all need family. Many families in our community just don’t have the support system they need to be able to navigate the difficulties and challenges that come with life and parenting.

It’s short term. It’s voluntary. It’s not foster care. And it’s an incredible way for you to serve as an entire family.

When you host a child, you help a family build a foundation for their children to thrive. You help a child avoid the trauma of foster care. You strengthen your community.

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Better Families is not foster care. How we differ:

  • 596 days = average stay in foster care / 41 days = average stay with a Better Families host family
  • Better Families is completely voluntary for parents.
  • Host families are volunteers; they are not paid.
  • Our families are professionally supported, and our team is available 24/7.
  • Host family approval process—background check, in-person training, home study—takes, on average, 3 weeks. Foster care approval can take 6 to 9 months.
  • Foster care reunification rate is 48% / Better Together is 98%
  • Foster care costs about $30,000 per year. It costs us $1,200 to serve one child.

We are Participating in Give4Marion, and Need Your Support!

Join us for a 33-hour campaign dedicated to raising money and awareness for nonprofit organizations doing good in Marion County. Fundraising kicks off today and ends at 7 p.m. tomorrow.