BETTER

FAMILIES

BETTER

FAMILIES

Better Families:
A private alternative to Foster Care

Better Families is aimed at preventing neglect and abuse before foster care is necessary. Our unique model enables parents who have fallen on hard times to voluntarily place their children with a loving host family for up to a year. Although, the average stay is only 41 days, and 90% of families are reunited in 90 days or less. As unpaid volunteers, host families focus on caring for the children, while a network of Better Together volunteers and partners help the parents get back on their feet. By design, 100% of the families are reunified, and we’re pleased to report that 98% of them stay together and out of the foster care system.

Our Core Values

Christlike Hospitality
Lifesaving Grace
Empowering Parents

Our 3 Objectives

Prevent abuse and neglect by providing a non-threatening safety net for families with children.

Lifting people up and wrapping a caring, compassionate community around them to make a lifechanging difference.

Empowering parents to help themselves, addressing the root causes that led to their crisis, and keeping families together.

The Overwhelming Problem Of Child Neglect

On any given day in Florida, 24,000 children are in foster care. As if that statistic isn’t staggering enough, millions of calls to the abuse hotline go unanswered because the system is totally overwhelmed.

Furthermore, more than half of the children who end up in foster care are there because of neglect, not sexual or physical abuse. Their parents simply could not make ends meet. Whether due to job loss, serious illness, disability or substance abuse, they became unable to provide a stable home, adequate food and safe childcare. Sadly, more serious abuse can occur when, out of desperation, they turn to a neighbor, relative or partner for help.

Overwhelmed by job, food and housing insecurity, these parents cannot focus on their children, and the consequences are dire. Parental neglect can affect everything from the child’s academic success to self-esteem and the ability to form healthy relationships.

However, this doesn’t have to be the case – child neglect is preventable!

Catching Families Before They Fall

Better Family’s proactive approach builds effective, lasting support systems for families. These relationships help them cope with their hardships, and, most importantly, prevent abuse, neglect and separation.

While foster care is set up to pull a drowning family out of the river just before they go over the waterfall, we offer a safety net further upriver. All parents have to do is grab on. In fact, sometimes we can help families before they fall into dangerous waters.

In other words, by partnering with Better Together, parents can halt the slide into more serious issues, including abuse, court involvement and custody loss. We give parents the tools they need to lift themselves out of poverty and stabilize their families – whether that means helping them work through challenges, connecting them to employers or providing a loving home to shelter their children while they focus full-time on achieving their goals.

A sustainable Model With Proven Results

Better Together has served more than 3,000 children since 2015. The greatest outcome is knowing we have helped to create better families, and our sincere hope is that we have laid the foundation for generations of successful families to come. Also, we can proudly add that we have saved taxpayers millions of dollars by preventing thousands of children from being placed in foster care.

How Families Get Help

Could you or someone you care about use a hand up? If Better Families could benefit you, we strongly welcome and encourage you to reach out and learn more!

Ways To Give

Better Families’ success depends upon generous donors and an army of volunteers. There are many ways to help, and we’re happy to personally connect you with the opportunity that is right for you!

Better Together | Keeping Families Together

Dawson JordonBetter Together Team

Dawson Jordan
Creative Director

Dawson is an exciting addition to the Better Together Team. Since graduating college in 2015 from Florida Gulf Coast University with his bachelor’s degree in Business Management he has managed to create a successful career for himself as a self-employed freelance videographer/photographer. He has recently relocated back to his hometown in SWFL and is excited to join the team as the Creative Director to help us tell the Better Together story. Dawson is passionate about telling stories through a creative lens, especially when it comes to seeing families stay together and for individuals to thrive and become the best version of themselves. When Dawson is not in the office he likes to hang out with his friends, workout, and watch sports.