A Preventative Alternative to Foster Care

Countless families suffer a temporary crisis – job loss, housing struggles, family burdens, unexpected pregnancies, recovery from addiction – and because they have no support network around them, they have a difficult time taking care of their children at the same time. The Better Families model is to intervene before situations escalate to the point where the state needs to step in and remove children from their parents.

Better Families is a voluntary program that lets parents temporarily place their children with a loving, background-checked, volunteer family in a local church. The local community then helps the family navigate their current crisis and reunite with their children with minimal separation.

There are 473,000 Children Currently in the U.S. Foster Care System.
60% of those children are in the system due to neglect.

Foster Care is Broken — And At-Risk Families Are Paying the Price
Foster Care Better Together
Child Separation Mandatory Voluntary
Average Length of Separation 569 Days 41 Days
% of those Entering Foster Care Again After Separation 56% Less than 2%
Cost $30,000/Year/Child Paid by Tax Payers $1,200/Year/Child Paid by Private Donors
Source of Income Government Funding/Tax Dollars Private Donors – $0 in Government Funding

Do You Need Help?

If you are currently in need, please reach out to Better Together to learn more about how we can help. Our model is that we provide a hand up, not a handout. Our goal is to help you gain the tools to thrive as a parent, spouse, employee, and member of a community.

Get Involved

If you would like to help be part of the solution, there are 5 ways you can get involved in our Better Families program depending on your availability and resources.

We are 100% privately supported, so $0 is provided by the government, which is how we want to keep it. As little as $100/month can keep one child out of foster care for a year through Better Together. We steward our resources with integrity and transparency.
If you would like to sign up to be a host family, you can express interest through this portal. We background check individuals and provide training and support for host families. We love and support our host families in any way we can.
If you sign up to be a Better Together Friend, it means you walk alongside those going through difficult times and provide emotional support and encouragement. Most people going through a crisis do not have close, reliable friends, and you can change that.
Provide guidance and direction for families struggling with key issues. If you have a background, skill, or passion in a certain area, like job training, resume building, interview coaching, counseling, etc. then reach out and we can help align you with people in need.
Often, families struggle with finding tangible resources to be able to navigate a crisis - warm clothes for the winter, beds, Christmas or birthday presents for their children and so on. If you would like to sign up to be a Support Partner, then you can help meet those physical needs.