Our foster care model places us in the role of a foster care agency. While it is the role of DINAF (Honduran child services division) to place children in homes, we provide the resources to identify, educate and support these families.
Our personal residence serves as the first foster home under our umbrella. The goal is to provide stability and permanency for the children in our care. We use our home as a model of other families who wish to foster as well, giving them a goal toward which they can work.
We are working with DINAF (child services) at the national level to establish standardized education and documentation for foster families in Honduras. We have also been commissioned by DINAF to help train foster families within our region.
In the last 5 years, over 500+ children have come to Legacy Of Hope through Child Services (DINAF). 5% of these boys and girls are long-term cases who cannot be reintegrated with family members, which makes them candidates to be placed with foster families. Over time many of those children have been able to transition back to a safe family member, have achieved permanency in another home, or have been adopted into their forever family.
Within the year of 2019 Legacy of Hope served over 20 children through Foster Care and Transitional Care.
Current number of foster families and transitional homes under Legacy of Hope
December 13th started with a phone call. It was our friend who works in the hospital notifying us that there was a little boy who was extremely malnourished and had been brought in with no clothing or anyone to care for him. Our first instinct was to get some of our son’s clothes and toys to take over to the hospital. When we saw him, our hearts broke. He was covered in tubes and could barely open his eyes, let alone move his head.