Ask any parent and they will tell you being a mother or a father is the most rewarding, and challenging, job of their lives. Foster parents are no different.
Yet, too often, foster parents find themselves and their families misunderstood. Like all parents, they provide a safe and loving home for a child to grow but with the added responsibility of caring for children who come to them with trauma, emotional scars and in need of healing and nurturing.
More than 8,000 children are living with foster families in every community throughout Massachusetts – including the Greater Worcester Area.
At MSPCC, we believe communities share a responsibility for the safety and well-being of these children as well as a commitment to stand with those individuals who care for them. That’s why we’re the lead agency on this innovative new program to engage and mobilize community volunteers to support foster parents in the Greater Worcester Area by giving of their time and donating tangible goods.
In a recent survey conducted by MSPCC, 50% of foster parents say they only receive support from family, friends and neighbors during emergencies, with 17% saying they never receive regular support. Encompass Community Support Volunteers are here to change that.
Want to get involved? Click the link below to apply to be a Community Support Volunteer for foster families in the Greater Worcester Area.
How to Get Involved
The services offered through ENCOMPASS ensure foster families in the Greater Worcester Area are supported while following COVID-19 safety guidelines.
What can I do?
Community Support Volunteers can offer the following to families in the Greater Worcester Area:
- Virtual enrichment activities with foster, adopted, and biological children in their home (helping with homework, teaching a skill, playing a game, engaging in an activity together, or even simply checking in to name a few.)
- Meal Prep and Delivery
- Care Boxes
For a more in depth look at our volunteer activities, click here.
To become a Community Support Volunteer, click here.
Foster parents are critical to Massachusetts’ child welfare system and we need to find new and dedicated ways to support them.
With the help of The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts, MSPCC brought together a diverse group of professionals and child welfare organizations to develop a foster parent support model. Encompass builds upon the strengths of a community and equips foster parents with knowledge, skills, and resources to support the needs of the children in their care.
Encompass provides Worcester-based foster parents with trauma coaching, a peer support program, and the ability to connect with supportive community volunteers.
You can learn more about Encompass by clicking here.
Not everyone can be a foster parent, but everyone can help.
Are you a foster parent interested in participating in Encompass? We are currently at capacity for our pilot year, but encourage you to fill out this quick form to be contacted in the future. Click here to contact us.