Being a foster, adoptive and kinship parent is exciting and messy because it’s like bringing the mission field into your home. Being the hands and feet of Jesus and caring for the most vulnerable takes endurance.
It requires community with others doing the same thing because you cannot sustainably do this alone. Your children also need to know they are not alone too. We offer lots of opportunities to build community for parents and kids.
WE SEE YOU
What I value most about C2C is the opportunity it gives me to connect with other people who "get it."
Compelled to Care has been my cheer squad, my community, and my teacher in this foster care and adoption journey!
WHY WE FOCUS ON FAMILY SUPPORT
Research shows that kids do best in families. This is why we care for the whole family; not just the individual foster child. We also believe that God deeply cares for the vulnerable; especially children, so we are passionate about bringing a gospel lens to foster, adoptive and kinship care. Psalm 68:6
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ARE YOU FAITH BASED?
Yes. We are a Christian ministry dedicated to living out the gospel in how Jesus cared for the vulnerable.
WHY ARE THERE REGISTRATION FEES FOR SOME EVENTS?
As a non-profit organization we strive to provide dynamic events and experiences. We depend on volunteers, seek out financial donations and in-kind gifts. Even with all this generosity there are still added cost to running this program and hosting events. For the sustainability of our program we do charge fees.
I'M NOT A CHRISTIAN. WILL I BE WELCOME?
Yes. You do not have to be a Christian to be apart of our community. Know that we began as a ministry of a church and carry those same principles. We will pray and talk about Jesus because for a lot of us He is the reason we do this work. We try to be up front about who our guest speakers are and what the topics are so that you have all the information you need to decide what you feel comfortable with.
WILL MY KIDS BE ACCEPTED?
We are committed to providing a trauma informed atmosphere where your whole family will be welcome - including your kids.
WILL MY FAMILY BE ACCEPTED?
Yes. We celebrate that families come in all shapes and sizes with their own culture and belief system. Our focus is to create a space for families to be with others who "get it" who are on the same path. This is too hard of a road to do alone so all are welcome.
IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING...
Compelled to Care (C2C) began as a small group at Evergreen Christian Community (ECC)in Olympia, WA. The church provided the food, facility, childcare and volunteer leader. This was in partnership with Ibsen Adoption Network. Ibsen provided content and direction. ECC did the foster grad gift drive. The women's ministry leader helped with Ibsen's Restore Retreat. ECC began participating in Orphan/Stand Sunday.
Attendance grew from 10 parents and 20 kids to around 40 parents and 50 kids. C2C was appointed a new volunteer leader. C2C began providing training hours and a summer Play Date Park Tour. Ibsen Adoption Network provided leadership coaching.
Attendance grew to 60 parents and 60 kids. ECC hired the volunteer leader to lead Compelled to Care part-time. C2C Hosted weekly trainings. Collaborated with other churches on Foster Aware & The Empowered to Connect Conference. Guest trainers began to teach.
COVID 19 forced everything online. In-person events were cancelled and refunded. C2C added 3 online meet-ups via Facebook Rooms. Leaders went LIVE every Saturday night in the Facebook group and an average of 175 people watched. The team dropped off Doorstep Care Packages on families' front porches every week, sent cards and made encouraging phone calls. The collaborative group of leaders decided to become more official and launch the We Foster Wa. initiative. They used social media to increase awareness about foster care. They launched a group for potential foster parents that grew to over 300 members in 6 months. C2C also partnered with 1MillionHome to raise awareness about global orphan care and separated children by hosting the Virtual Reunited Worship Night.
Attendance grew to 70 parents and 90 kids. Compelled to Care added monthly meet-ups and a women's bible study. More guest speakers were added. Facebook engagement increased. C2C hosted a second location at ECC's McCleary Campus in collaboration with Fostering Together.
C2C becomes a non-profit for the purpose of growing more ministries like this in other counties and to increase the impact they are having on the Olympia area. C2C launches the Back-to-School Supply Gift Drive with True Grace Church and hosts the first annual holiday events, Trunk-or-Treat and Gingerbread Bash.
Attendance grew to 80 parents and 150 kids. Hosted large 2 day trainings about trauma. C2C acquired the Restore Retreat from Ibsen Adoption Network. The Leader started attending meetings at DCYF and Thurston Thrive. Hosted meetings for private agency organization leaders for the purpose of working collaboratively on recruitment and retention. We began producing collaborative recruitment events in multiple cities resulting in people beginning the licensing process. C2C increased our partnerships and in-kind donors. C2C received more press than in the past. The Care Box Project launched and raised over 350 care boxes for foster kids it's first year.
C2C relaunches family dinners in Thurston County and Grays Harbor County. C2C launces the Family Membership.
C2C partners with The Local to drop off over 30 Easter Baskets late Saturday night from Mason County to King County to surprise foster, adoptive and kinship families the night before Easter Sunday. C2C hosts the first annual Family BBQ. C2C relaunches the We Foster WA in-person recruitment events return.