We created the Love Box program to walk alongside children in the foster care system, as well as their caretakers, by offering consistent support through intentional giving, relationship building, and mentorship.
THE LOVE BOX PROGRAM
EMPOWERING CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE TO SUCCEED
Children are removed from their homes and placed in foster care due to neglect, abandonment, or because they are the victim of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. When children are removed from the home they are confused and upset, and need the temporary protection and nurturing that a foster family can provide. In the foster care system children move homes, on average, 7 times in 2 years. This is usually because foster parents are unsupported or overwhelmed.
The Love Box program provides foster families with community and holistic support so that they can continue to do the important and meaningful work of being a foster parent. As a Love Box group, you will be matched with a local foster family based on compatibility and scope of needs. When our families are matched with committed volunteers that show up monthly, parents feel supported, and children gain a sense of belonging and self confidence. This program requires a one year commitment.
Watch this powerful video to learn more about how the Love Box program is changing the way children experience care through intentional giving, relationship building, and mentorship.
Not everyone is called to foster or adopt, but everyone can make a difference in a child's life.
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Child Maltreatment Victim Restoration Project
A partnership of Austin Angels & The Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing
The Child Maltreatment Victim Restoration Project is a partnership between Austin Angels and the Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing to expand trauma-informed services to foster families and build evidence of service effectiveness. After receiving years of anecdotal feedback to attest to the effectiveness of its programming, Austin Angels is seeking to 1) expand its programming to serve 55 families currently on its waitlist; and 2) conduct a rigorous program evaluation to identify the core program components that can be replicated in other areas.
The Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing is located within the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin. We use our research and training expertise to engage in a joint learning process with practitioners and agencies to build the foundational knowledge that best serves children and families. Our researchers have direct practice experience working with families in crisis. We utilize our real-world experience, to focus on improving outcomes for children and families in many areas of child welfare, including foster care and adoption, Latino immigrant families, child maltreatment prevention and adolescent sexual health.