Fostering the Village is a support and resource group where foster, adoptive, and kinship families can find a place to ask their questions about the foster/adoptive journey and get answers in a nonjudgemental atmosphere.
Fostering the Village has been serving families in the Southern Illinois area since 2010. The group changed its name from Community Kids in 2018 to better reflect the audience it is serving. Fostering the Village is a program of 501(c)3 nonprofit, Transfiguring Adoption, NPC.
The group currently serves the Southern Illinois area and meets at Cornerstone Church in Marion, Illinois. The monthly meetings provide a two hour window for caregivers to engage each other in constructive and healthy discussions about foster and adoption while children are being cared for in a separate childcare area on property.
Fostering the Village asks that all interested in attending RSVP for the meeting through the [Group’s Facebook Group page.]
Transfiguring Adoption would love to open up more support groups such as Fostering the Village nationwide. If you’re interested in this endeavor please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2705 Walton Way
Marion, IL 62959
3rd Saturday of Every Month
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Andrea Lepinske: Program Co-Facilitator
Andrea was born and raised in Carbondale, Illinois and has a degree in early childhood education. She has been a foster parent since January 2007 and has adopted her three children,Angel, Selena and Ginny, through the foster care system. She is anticipating the adoption of her fourth child, Tyler in November, 2018. Andrea has worked extensively with biological parents over the years and brings a wealth of expertise to the Fostering the Village support group meetings.
Laura Chromzack: Program Co-Facilitator
Laura and her husband Will have been fostering for over 8 years. Besides their 2 biological daughters and 2 adopted children, their household has seen scads of foster children. Laura’s experiences have made her an excellent resource for parents to turn to about the foster care system.
**For Leader’s Use Only**
[Monthly Meeting Minutes]