HISTORY & IMPACT

HISTORY

The South Texas Alliance for Orphans was created by a group of foster/adopt industry veterans including our Founder and Executive Director, church leaders, foster/adopt families and child placing agency professionals in 2012 under the name San Antonio Alliance for Orphans. We met monthly for 2 years collaborating on how we, the church, could unite and fulfill our biblical call to care for children in the foster/adopt system.

A small team including our Executive Director, a board member and a small team of foster parents successfully launched a ministry at their church and started handing off the model to other churches desiring to see ministry happen in their church.

Over the years, our Executive Director gleaned wisdom from other area models across the state and nation like Fostering Hope Austin, Embrace Texas, Hope Fort Worth, Project 127, Promises 686 and Christian Alliance for Orphans In 2015, the name of the Alliance was changed to more adequately represent the region we serve of South Texas.

In September of 2016, First Presbyterian granted the Alliance seed money to launch as a DBA non-profit. The Alliance is now poised to serve and equip a collaborative church movement to solve the foster crisis from family crisis to youth aging out.

IMPACT

25

AGENCIES & NONPROFITS WORKING TOGETHER

28

CHURCHES CURRENTLY INVOLVED

105

FAMILIES RECRUITED

500

INDIVIDUALS ACTIVATED TO SERVE

The Alliance has helped us as a foster/adopt group feel more connected to the larger Foster/adopt community beyond our church. We benefit from what other churches are doing, we benefit from the trainings and speakers other churches host. We in turn can support others in the community by making sure they know when we have training or speakers to benefit their families. We truly are all better together. The Alliance makes that possible.

LAURA HUEY - Ministry Leader, Crossbridge Church

The foster care world tends to function as a bunch of isolated entities. The Alliance has stepped in as the hub, providing resources, connecting people, and helping us to be more impactful without being bogged down recreating the wheel. And they do it very, very well.

DANNI SPRINGFIELD - Ministry Leader, University United Methodist Church

Our successful collaboration with South Texas Alliance for Orphans, over the past two years, has allowed foster parents and foster youth another source of support and has helped ensure a continuum of care, both of which directly impact the rates of high school completion. South Texas Alliance for Orphans has diligently worked to bring foster care organizations together to create greater impact for foster youth.

ELAINE HARTLE - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE THRU PROJECT

The world of foster care and adoption in the state of Texas is a confusing maze and without the South Texas Alliance for Orphans to help us navigate that maze I doubt we would be as successful as we have been. Through our partnership with them in the last 5 years we have seen our community take in over 75 children, with 27 children finding forever homes! The Alliance comes alongside us to provide invaluable encouragement, support and training to our families and our staff.

JAMYE CAPPADONNA - EXECUTIVE PASTOR, GRACEPOINT CHURCH

DFPS (Department of Family and Protective Services) supports the Alliance initiative that will provide much needed respite for foster families who need qualified caretakers.

ERICA BANUELOS - REGION 8 DIRECTOR, CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES