Encouraging moms to reach their reunification goals
262,000 children from roughly 100,000 parents enter the U.S. foster care system each year. About half of these parents will get their children back.
reunification national average
reunification in Moms Matter®
They can’t do it alone,
Some parents are able to do what it takes to welcome their children back – but not alone. That’s where we come in. We meet moms in their pain, through a peer to peer approach, providing training and support. Moms Matter® helps moms cope with their loss, build essential life skills, and break down their treatment plan goals into small and manageable tasks.
A safe environment for inner healing
Most moms feel devastated, overwhelmed, and broken when their children are taken from them and put into foster care. They often shame themselves for their mistakes and the pain that they have caused their children. Our trained facilitators welcome them into an open, honest, and safe environment to be themselves.
Many battle addiction, poverty, and lack of education. As weekly support group meetings take place, moms begin to rebuild their self-esteem and find hope in taking small steps toward their goals. Week by week, moms grow in courage and find inner healing.
As moms progress through their treatment plans, they also find support from other moms who understand what they’re going through. Group discussions begin with acceptance and humility. From there, they move to becoming a stronger parent for their children and preparing for reunification. Our certified Peer Support Specialists provide consistent expectations and accountability as willing moms make progress and find success.
How can we help you connect?
Our weekly support group is free.
Losing my daughter to foster care was the hardest time of my life. I learned about Moms Matter® at a time that no one was helping me. I went to my first meeting, and have been going ever since. The women who attend are great, and help each other out. It helped me learn new things about myself. I am proud to say that my daughter is back with me now, thanks to Moms Matter®.
I went in [to Moms Matter®] worried and scared they were going to look at me like I’m horrible, but we got in there and it was comforting to know that I was in a place that I wouldn’t be looked down on. That made it a lot easier to be ME and to know that I am not a horrible person because everyone makes mistakes.
A trained facilitator helps moms to:
13 week certified course for Moms
Virtual Community for Moms
When a child is removed from the home, parents don’t know where to go or what to do. It can be an isolating journey filled with grief, pain, heartbreak, and self-shaming. Parents in isolation can quickly spiral emotionally and lose hope. That’s why we’ve created a community for moms to connect with each other. We strongly recommend that moms build in-person peer connections during this time, like enrolling in our Moms Matter® support groups.
However, we realize that not everyone has access to in-person support. Our statewide virtual moms communities are safe spaces for moms who have social service involvement to share ideas, resources, and encouragement with one another. Moms who have successfully reunified with their children serve as leaders within each community, facilitating positive dialogue with moms who are at risk for or have recently lost custody of their children to foster care.
Healing for women when parental rights are terminated
When parental rights are terminated, parents enter into shock. The pain is intense. Some parents get angry, others depressed, some stay in denial. Some go into a cycle of starting a new family, never adequately grieving their current loss.
Shelter Group provides healing for women when parental rights are terminated. Together, women identify traumas and how they affect all areas of behavior and relationships. Shelter Group restores hope to each mom at an intense moment of pain.
Referrals are by Case Managers, Counselors and Guardian ad Litems only. Why? In order to focus on clients who the case team believes may respond well to a group setting of support after the tragedy of termination.
Shelter Group is an in-person, trauma-informed, support program in Greenville County, South Carolina.
Make a Referral.
Once a referral is received, our team will reach out to the mom and invite her into the program. We will also make contact with the person who sent in the referral. We can't wait to meet you!
Moms Matter® Support Group -
Anyone can submit a Moms Matter referral — this includes moms, case workers, CASA/GALs, attorneys, treatment facility staff, health assessment center staff, foster parents, family members, friends, and mentors.
Elevate U -
Anyone can submit an Elevate U referral — this includes moms, case workers, CASA/GALs, attorneys, treatment facility staff, health assessment center staff, foster parents, family members, friends, and mentors.
Shelter Group -
Shelter Group referrals can be made by Case Managers, Counselors and Guardian ad Litems only.
Why? In order to focus on clients who the case team believes may respond well to a group setting of support after the tragedy of termination.
A note to dads:
We pride ourselves on filling gaps within the foster care system so that hope is restored to every child. If a service already exists, we see no point in replicating it, unless we can find a better way. At Fostering Great Ideas®, we focus on moms, but other organizations focus on dads. For aunts, uncles, grandparents and fictive kin, consider our training, It’s All Relative®.
Have questions about Moms Matter™?
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