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Compelled to Care serves foster and adoptive families through building community, training and providing opportunities to serve foster kids.


Being a foster and adoptive parent is exciting and messy because it’s like bringing the mission field into your home. Being the hands and feet of Jesus and caring for the most vulnerable takes endurance. It requires community with others doing the same thing because you cannot sustainably do this alone.  

 

MONTHLY EVENTS

Compelled to Care monthly events are a great opportunity to meet other foster, adoptive and kinship families, people who are interested in getting licensed, and those who just want to serve the community. These monthly events will take a summer break in July and August.

COMPELLED TO CARE: OLYMPIA

WHEN: The 2nd Friday of the month at 6:30pm (Childcare opens at 6:15pm)

FOOD: Adults are served a family style meal while children are served a kid-friendly meal in their classrooms.

PROGRAM: The adult program rotates every month between training, speakers and fun events. The kids program is led by Evergreen Kids. They provide a new lesson plan every month that includes organized activities, free play and crafts.

Location: The Olympia Campus

Childcare: Provided


COMPELLED TO CARE: McCLEARY - Beginning in March

WHEN: The last Friday of the month at 6:30pm (Childcare opens at 6:15pm)

FOOD: Snacks provided

PROGRAM: The adult program rotates every month between training, speakers and fun events. The kids program is led by Evergreen Kids. They provide a new lesson plan every month that includes organized activities, free play and crafts.

Location: The McCleary ECC Campus

Childcare: Provided


GROUPS

Women's Bible Study: Compelled to Care hosts a table for Foster/Adoptive Moms at the ECC Women’s Tuesday morning bible study. Bible study returns in the Fall.

C2C Moms Coffee Date - for Foster/Adoptive Moms. This group meets the 1st Saturday of every month from 9:00-10:30am at Starbucks next to Winco in Lacey. 1020 Kingham St NE Lacey, WA 98516

Burger Bros - for Foster/Adoptive Dad’s. This group meets at a different restaurant at 6:30pm on the 3rd Friday of every month.

Foster & Adoptive Single Moms Night Out - for Single Foster/Adoptive Moms. This group meets at 6:30pm on the 4th Monday of every month at a different restaurant. Childcare is provided at ECC for up to 20 kids. Pre-registration is required for childcare. This group will take a summer break in July and August.

Online Support - Join our private Facebook group Compelled to Care Community to share resources, find encouragement and keep up with our events.

To meet up with any of these groups email ashley@ecconline.cc for more information.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Foster Graduation Gift Drive

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Help set up the first dorm room or apartment for Foster Teens graduating from High School and aging out of the foster care system. We will have gift tags in the Olympia lobby on Sunday, May 26th.

Please return gifts unwrapped on Sunday, June 9th!

For questions, email Ashley Wambach at ashley@ecconline.cc


TRAINING

Parenting kids with a trauma background requires a new set of tools. We will post upcoming trainings here.


SERVE

We are looking for people who have a heart for foster kids, teens and kids with special needs to volunteer in child care during our monthly dinners and on Single Moms Night Out. If you are excited to serve please contact Sylvia LeRiche, Nursery Coordinator, at sylvia@ecconline.cc


We are looking for tech savvy people who can run the tech booth during our monthly dinners. If you would love to use your skills to serve foster families email ashley@ecconline.cc


CONTACT

If you have creative ideas for serving foster and adoptive families, want to get connected to the Compelled to Care community or have questions about how to get licensed for foster care please contact Ashley Wambach, Compelled to Care Director, at ashley@ecconline.cc.