Fostering Hope

Project Overview (PDF)

4th Funding Cycle Development Award

    Project Start Date:          July 1, 2008
    Project End Date:            June 30, 2009
    Original Award Amount:     $50,000
    Adjusted Award Amount:   $45,636*

Project Goal Statement: The project aims to improve the foster care model by developing teams from faith communities that assist quality foster parents in their vocation, thus decreasing their attrition rate and consequently enhancing the well being of youth in foster care.

Community Partners:

Primary Community Partner: Colarelli Family Foundation
Additional community partner organization names:

  • Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare
  • Children's Hospital and Health System
  • Children's Service Society of Wisconsin
Academic Partner:

Primary Academic Partner: Lynn Sheets, MD, Department of Pediatrics

Project Progress Summary Reports:

Project Progress Report Summary July 2008 - April 2009 (PDF)
Project Final Report Summary (PDF)

Affiliated Web Pages:

Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare
Children's Hospital and Health System / Children's Service Society of Wisconsin

Project Dissemination Efforts (as reported by project partners)
  • Outreach Materials / Events
    • Hosted a summit in June 2009 to educate the larger public about the program
    • Attended the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare’s Partnership Council to brief its members and the wider community about the project
    • Briefed The Planning Council of Wisconsin on the project’s efforts in the Council’s study on improvement of child welfare in Milwaukee County

*In 2009 award amounts, based on the remaining budget, were adjusted to reflect the decline in endowment asset value due to the downturn in the economy.

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