Father and Son

Our Mission
& Vision

We exist to walk alongside

foster, kinship, and adoptive families.

 

Our mission is to reduce stress and prevent burnout by providing relational and tangible support. We partner with the community to create opportunities for everyone to get involved

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Our Why

We would like to come alongside resource parents to reduce stress and prevent burnout, so that they can focus on providing the best care for all the children in their home. 

 

Each year, 30% to 50% of foster parents make the decision to close their homes to children in foster care due to burnout, stress, and lack of training. This often happens after just one year of being a foster parent. The children in their home come from hard places and trauma, requiring additional levels of care and support.

 

However, we believe the community is simply unaware of the ways in which they can help. That's why we want to help find ways that make sense for each individual, family, business or church. As Jason Johnson says "Everyone can do something" and we want to help the community find their something. No matter what way you choose to help, you are making a difference.

15,297

children in out-of-home

care in Minnesota

454

children in out-of-home

care in Dakota County

267

licensed foster care homes

in Dakota County 

What Local Resource Parents Are Saying...

“I can't think of any instances that the general community supported me….”

No one seems to understand what we are going through.”

It would be really nice to have a community of people who understand our situation.”

“Our church hasn’t gotten behind the heart we would hope they would have for foster kids and parents alike. We need our church to step up.

 

“People are nosy about why the kids are in foster care, but really don't want to help.”

Our Team
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Micayla Johnson

Board President, Founder

Micayla's heart and passion for the foster care and adoption communities has deepened through her own journey of becoming a foster mom. She believes that no one should feel alone in their experiences and is a mom on a mission to prevent that from happening. She is excited to come alongside and build relationships with others who open their homes and hearts to kiddos in our area.

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Barb Sipe

Board Treasurer

Barb was introduced to the foster care community when she became a foster grandma in 2021, but helping others has always been a passion of hers. In her career, she has been an elementary & special education teacher, stay at home parent to four children, Finance and Operations Manager at a nonprofit

organization, and is now a Client Service Coordinator at a wealth management company. She is blessed to serve the foster care community through this role.

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Lindsey Konchar

Board Secretary

Lindsey became a social worker in 2019 with the intention of helping kiddos cope with life's hardships. She practices the person-in-environment perspective and believes everyone's individual, unique experiences matter most. Lindsey loves connecting people-to-people or people-to-resources, and she's here to walk alongside you through your fostering journey!   

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Brë McMullen

Board Member

Brë has been in the human services field for seven years serving children and families as a social worker and mental health practitioner. She specialized in child foster care social work for the last four years. Brë has a passion for empowering families, fostering collective connections, and implementing intentional mindful practices. She believes that by supporting resource families, they in turn can feel more equipped in their support of others – optimistically resulting in the nurturing and preservation of families.

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Kim LaBlonde

Board Member

Kim is a dedicated foster parent with a desire to support youth in care, foster parents, and biological families. She enjoys seeing these relationships grow and develop over time. Her passion is finding and supporting connections so that nobody is left to navigate an experience alone. She believes supporting this community can create big change.