Just like any other community-conscious organization, Foster Leaders is deeply rooted in the personal values held by our founder. Regardless of how closely your values align with the values that inspired the formation of Foster Leaders, we strive to maintain an active dialogue that challenges actions and beliefs, while ensuring each person feels valued and worthy; regardless of their ethnicity, nationality, spiritual views, mental and physical abilities, gender identification, sexual orientation, political views or social status.
The most fundamental value that inspired the formation of Foster Leaders is the belief that each person in this world has a purpose, whether their lives have been filled with adversity or abundance. Moreover, purpose is most profound when those living in abundance are using their gifts to enhance the lives of those facing adversity and when those living in adversity strive to inspire others despite the obstacles in their lives.
Along with being born with a unique purpose, each person is born into a unique environment giving them a unique perspective on the world around them. Regardless of any deficiencies or obstacles that a person is born with, their unique perspective on the world is a gift in itself. When serving a particular person, it is important to be mindful of this unique perspective and to not project or dictate one’s own perspective on the person being served.
Those who benefit from our efforts are navigating the transition from the systemization of foster care to the independence of adulthood. With every decision having been made for them in foster care, the typical demands of adulthood can come at those transitioning out of foster care like a storm. Rather than a focus on independence which has traditionally promoted a heavy reliance on self and a reduced emphasis on relationship development, we believe that the focus of guiding young adults through this transition should be on freedom. The concept of freedom still promotes personal responsibility, but tempers the reliance on self while making way for the development of relationships that help the individual define and achieve success.
In addition to effectively managing the reliance someone has on themselves and ensuring they are equipped to form relationships that enhance their personal growth, we believe that helping someone find freedom involves reducing the number of obligations and restrictions in their lives. Moreover, we have learned that it is important to promote the avoidance of temporary solutions that increase reliance on limited resources (ie: public assistance programs) or solutions that create a significant amount of obligation to a third party (ie: debt or conditional contracts). With this in mind, we strive to share information that leads those transitioning out of foster care to resources that are sustainable and do not create additional obligations or limitations in their lives. This value plays a significant role in the operation of Foster Leaders, as we maintain a standard of not entering into any relationships or partnerships that limit our ability to serve those transitioning out of foster care (ie: contracts that require a particular group to be served or not to be served).