International Foster Care Celebrates Welcoming Week!

Welcoming Week is a national and now global initiative coordinated by Welcoming America to highlight the ways that we can create welcoming and inclusive communities for all, including newcomers. Welcoming Week celebrates the ways in which immigrants and refugees strengthen our communities. We are stronger together. This week is a time for us to build community by “Creating Home Together.” Home is not just a house, but a place where we feel a sense of belonging. The International Foster Care Program would like to share with you our message of support and welcome.

Take a moment to think about how you can create a more welcoming home.  Here are some national events to check out:

WELCOMING AMERICA EVENTS

The events listed below are sponsored or co-hosted by Welcoming America:

#CreatingHomeTogether: A #WelcomingWeek Experience (September 12)

A Conversation on Belonging (September 12-20; co-hosted with Civic Dinners)

Refuge or Refusal: A Conversation about Turning Points in U.S. Immigration History (September 15; co-hosted with Kennesaw State University Museum of History & Holocaust Education, Civic Georgia, El Refugio, and Refugee Women’s Network)

Building Relational Infrastructure: An Interactive Conversational Experience (September 16; co-hosted with Civity)

Welcoming Week Virtual Dance Party (September 18; co-hosted with Fair Count)

SEADRIFT Documentary Film Screening (September 19; sponsored by Truist)


International Foster Care

The International Foster Care program (IFC) at Catholic Community Services Southwest provides a safe, nurturing foster care environment for youth who have fled their countries of origin. Our program provides access to a comprehensive set of services including case management, education, legal, social and psychological supports all directed at achieving safety, stability and healthy development.

Youth come to us as immigrants, refugees, victims of trafficking from around the world, including the following countries of origin: Eritrea, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.

While these youth arrive in the United States through various means, they come to our program under the direction of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).  All have been separated from their adult family members or do not have family members who are willing or able to care for them. They are with us from about three months to five years, depending on their status. Our objective is to provide a safe and stable environment for youth where they receive needed support services while pursuing family reunification or transition to independent living.

We are looking for foster families in Pierce, Thurston, Lewis, Clark, and Kitsap Counties. If you are interested in joining our team or getting more information, click here and take a moment to fill out our brief survey. This survey will be emailed to us and we will follow up with you.

* Funding for our programs is provided by U.S. Office of Refugee and Resettlement and the WA State Office of Refugee & Immigrant Assistance, a division of the Department of Social & Health Services.  The International Foster Care Program at Catholic Community Services of Western Washington is an affiliate of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).