Thank you for your interest in serving as a child or cottage sponsor. Sponsors are a great source of encouragement to our children and cottage parents.
We provide residential care for children ages 5-17 and PathFinders Transitional Living for ages 18-21. About 90% of our children are placed in our care by the Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS). DCFS recognizes us as a foster care community. Most of our children come from hard places in life and have been neglected, abused, or abandoned. DCFS policies require that we maintain the children's confidentiality, so information shared concerning the children will be limited.
Our children live in individual cottages where they are cared for by loving, Christian foster parents. They each have their own bedroom and bathroom. We try to "normalize" their lives as much as possible and show them what it's like to be part of a healthy, Christian family. They attend public schools, participate in extra-curricular activities, go to church, go on outings, and take vacations together just like any other family.
Child sponsors are encouraged to provide a "little something extra" to help our children feel special and loved. Sponsors may recognize birthdays and graduations, provide Christmas gifts, back-to-school needs, and holiday treats.
Child sponsors may give financially to a child's personal account to be used by the child, under the supervision of cottage parents, to purchase items outside his/her normal needs that are met by the Children's Home.
Cottage sponsors can provide specific cottage needs and may give financially to the cottage account to be used to take children to special events, go to a movie, help with a vacation, or purchase items used by the entire cottage.
Financial gifts to a child or cottage are not required and there are no minimum amounts. Receipts and thank you notes are provided to sponsors. There is no formal contract or obligation and you may stop your sponsorship at any time.
The sponsorship ministry is a bridge in our children's lives that is meant to be supportive and temporary. Our children are subject to leave our campus at any time, depending upon where they are in the foster care process. Whatever sponsors do for a child or a cottage should be designed to show the love and care of Christ.
If you wish to pursue this ministry, please contact Marc Eichelberger, Vice President of Development and Public Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 318-343-2244 and he will match you with a child or cottage in need of your sponsorship. We value your friendship and partnership in this ministry. Thank you for caring!
Your gift provides love, care, and hope in Christ for children and families in need. 74% of all funding comes from individuals and churches. We receive no state or federal funding for the care of children. All gifts are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.