LSA Celebrates Foster Care Month

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

LSA Celebrates Foster Care imageWith over 100 LSA members serving children, youth and families in 33 states across the U.S., the LSA network has a nationwide footprint in child welfare. LSA members provide a broad range of services from foster care and adoption to counseling, housing, health care, mental health care, early childhood education, charter schools, alternatives to detention, Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) foster care programs, and programs for youth aging out of foster care.

Each year, thousands of children, youth and families are served by members of the LSA network. Some of them are the largest or sole providers of foster care services in their communities. Here are just a few inspiring stories about how lives were truly transformed by members of the LSA Network:

- Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska – Madeline’s Story

- Liberty Lutheran – Hope To Refugee Children

- Lutheran Services in Iowa – He Wanted To Be Adopted And To Belong To Someone

- Lutheran Social Services of Illinois – Steps to Life, The Watson Family

- Lutheran Social Services of Michigan - OASIS House, Joseph Sedlak’s Story

- Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan – Opening A Loving Heart

In an effort to amplify the network’s work, LSA has launched two active learning cohorts to analyze and establish new and innovative practices for children, youth and family services across the U.S. 

Supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Provider Exchange® learning cohort was formed to improve the well-being of at-risk youth and their families. LSA members participating in the Provider Exchange® are receiving technical assistance from Dr. Laura Heintz, CEO of Stanford Youth Solutions, and designated Provider Exchange® Peer Consultant Lead.   

A second group of LSA members are working with the Center for the Study of Social Policy lead by Sarah Morrison, Senior Associate at CSSP, to improve programs by sharing outcomes and exploring innovative ways to measure child and youth well-being. 

This collective work is made possible through the generous support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and a companion grant from the ELCA Lutheran Services Children Endowment.

Here at LSA, we are thrilled to increase the impact that our network has in the lives of children, youth and families across the United States. We thank all of our members for their hard work and dedication to helping those in need.  Please take a moment to be inspired and read the stories provided in this article. 

For questions about our members providing foster care or to learn more about our children, youth and families programs, visit www.lutheranservices.org/cyf

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