Our young church has big dreams. One of those is that each child, parent, and professional within the Peoria foster care and adoption community will be seen, known, and loved.
Through Surround, we take a multi-faceted approach to supporting the foster care and adoption community of the Peoria area.
FamilyCore is a private, non-profit organization that does important work in our community strengthening individuals and families through a variety of programs. Our partnership with them focuses on their work in Foster Care, as we come alongside them to help meet practical needs in many foster and intact families.
Throughout the year, our church collects supplies and clothing to help families welcome children into their homes at a moment's notice. At Christmas, we support families who are caring for large sibling sets by helping those parent with wish list items for their children. We also do our best to help FamilyCore meet emergency needs that arise.
Surround: Connection Groups
Our Connection Groups are a safe space designed for foster and adoptive parents who are longing to be known and understood. Whether you are in the preparation process or deep in the day-to-day joys and challenges of parenting children from hard places, these groups are a place to connect and learn with others who are on a similar journey. Our groups meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7:00pm at the church. Babysitting is provided, and a potluck meal will be shared.
Surround: Parent Training (Empowered to Connect)
A few times a year, we offer Parent Training courses from Empowered to Connect. These 9-week classes are full of practical empowering, connecting and correcting strategies to help foster and adoptive families care for their children. Space is limited. Fill out this form so that we can get to know you and your family, and we'll let you know when the next class begins. If you’d like to join us for this year’s annual Empowered to Connect 2-day training, fill out this form.
Our Sustainers are the glue that hold Surround together. These individuals work hard to support the families within our church who are fostering or adopting children. Our Sustainers may help with taking meals to families with new children or offer to help mow the lawn for a busy foster family who is overwhelmed by managing the appointments and schedules of their ever-growing family. Sustainers may babysit for families so they can go on a date night, or serve as a mentor for a teenager. They find creative ways to come alongside families and are absolutely essential in the long-term health and stability of our families.