The Foster Support Faith Alliance was launched in 2016 out of the Light up the City Network of Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission. The Network had successfully launched a church/school initiative with Seattle Public Schools. The question was asked, “what if churches in a community came together to “adopt” and support a local child welfare office?”
The initiative was launched and the first year 5 local networks (chapters) in King County with over 50 churches participating. In 2018 Olive Crest, a child placement agency took over leadership from UGM and expanded to 7 local networks.
As a result hundreds of social workers, DCYF office staff and foster families have been wrapped around and supported in a variety of ways. Local churches have launched their own foster care focused ministries and hundreds of volunteers have been trained and deployed.