Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

Is TFI a foster care agency?

No, TFI supports agencies by helping individuals across the nation create and grow sustainable foster care ministries in their communities. We come alongside them with tools, resources, ongoing support, and access to a network of other ministry leaders, and we do it all for FREE!

Does TFI license families to foster?

No. We encourage you to contact your local foster care agency to learn about the specific requirements in your state.

Is TFI a non-profit organization?

Yes, TFI is a 501(c)3 non-profit ministry of Lifesong for Orphans. All donations are tax deductible.

Is TFI faith-based?

Yes! You can read our statement of faith here. We want to see people everywhere supporting the foster care community and experiencing Jesus together!

How can I find out more about what TFI is doing?

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How can I find out more about what TFI Advocates are doing in their communities?

Start by finding the Advocate nearest you! Then connect via email or Facebook to learn how you can help support the foster care community in your area. 

If being a TFI Advocate is not the right fit for me and I don't have a TFI Advocate near me, what else can I do?

Here are just a few suggestions!
  • Pray for wisdom and direction. Pray for the foster care community. Pray for the Church. Pray for the foster care ministries serving in your community and across the nation!
  • Make others aware. Find your favorite foster care ministries on social media and share their posts! We’d love to have you join us on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Listen and subscribe to The Forgotten Podcast and other foster care podcasts and share episodes with your friends.
  • Contact your local foster care agency and learn their needs and/or volunteer opportunities.
  • Research whether there are other foster care ministries in your area and find out how you can volunteer with them.
  • Make meals or send gift cards and notes of encouragement periodically to a foster family in your area. Let them know you are here for them.
  • Give to a foster care ministry you trust. The Forgotten Initiative and other non-profits like ours do not exist without generous donors like you.

TFI Advocate FAQs

Are TFI Advocates paid?

No, TFI Advocates serve as volunteer representatives of The Forgotten Initiative.

What is the time commitment for a TFI Advocate?

TFI Advocates typically spend anywhere from 5-10 hours a week leading their ministry.

What do TFI Advocates spend their time doing?

TFI Advocates do a variety of activities in their community such as:

  • Meeting with agency workers and churches
  • Speaking/advocacy to various groups interested in the foster care community
  • Building/leading their team
  • Coordinating projects and volunteers
  • Maintaining their TFI Facebook page
  • Connecting/networking with the TFI Leadership and other TFI Advocates

In order to grow a sustainable foster care ministry, a key focus of TFI Advocates is growing and leading a team to accomplish the work.

What are some important characteristics for a TFI Advocate to have?

TFI Advocates are typically characterized by these and other similar traits:

  • Personal and growing relationship with Jesus
  • Servant leadership
  • Highly values “team”
  • Willingness to learn
  • Strong organization and communication skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Ability to coordinate multiple things at once

Do I have to be a foster parent to be a TFI Advocate?

No. Some TFI Advocates are foster parents, while others are not.

What kind of support is offered to TFI Advocates?

The Forgotten Initiative serves TFI Advocates with full-time support at no cost. This includes strategy sessions, quarterly networking “round table” discussions with other TFI Advocates, proven “How-To” ministry guides, accounting support and more!

Can I be a TFI Advocate if there is already one in my area?

Generally, no. If you’re located in an area where a TFI Advocate is already serving, connect with the Advocate to see about joining their team as a Coordinator!

Do TFI Advocates have to raise their own money for projects in their community?

Yes, TFI Advocates raise funds for their projects. Ministry materials like business cards, banners/posters and other media are provided by The Forgotten Initiative at no cost to the TFI Advocate.

Do you have suggestions for churches who desire to serve the foster care community?

Yes. If your church has a mission or desire to serve and make a difference to those in the foster care community, but doesn’t know where to start, contact a TFI Advocate near you. If there is no TFI Advocate in the area, help recruit someone who can serve as an Advocate. Contact us for more information!

OUR MISSION:

Helping you support the foster care community through awareness, encouragement, and advocacy.