Mama’s House refers to our foster supportive residential community model. This new foster care delivery model creates an extended family community. Intuitively old fashioned, Mama’s House reminds us all of that safe place that always comforts us and makes us feel welcome. The mentor family at Mama’s House is the hub family that coordinates and provides tangible support, and helps caregivers effectively navigate systems and community resources. This mentor family, who is experienced in foster care, demonstrates proactive parenting, problem solving, and conflict resolution to support families and prevent disruptions or burnout, while promoting healing. Our community is situated on 20 rural acres with a farmstead environment and is comprised of multiple private residential dwellings, a school, a farm, and administrative/support offices and exists solely to support, develop and retain quality parents who can meet the challenging and complex needs of children of children in foster care.
Missionaries wishing to serve in orphan care may apply, interview, and commit to a service time with MFA. Missionaries may commit to short or long term commitments based on their personal calling and availability. If selected as long term missionaries, they must be approved, trained, and licensed as foster parents by a state approved child welfare agency. The My Father’s Arrow’s staff, missionaries, and volunteers lighten the burdens that foster parents often face. MFA provides housing, food, clothing, resources, respite care, continued trauma training, and emotional support, all the while the foster parents devote their full attention to the nurturing and healing of the children in foster care. With the support of the community, the foster parents at Mama’s House are able to care for children who are often difficult to place, including children with mental or physical disabilities, older children, and children of large sibling groups. At My Father’s Arrows, our hope is to see sibling groups kept together, stability achieved, and healing brought to the children and families that we serve.