Warm Welcomes Foster Care Outreach's mission is to partner with community members of all ages to encourage, empower, and enrich the lives of youth in foster care.
Warm Welcomes Foster Care Outreach is a volunteer organization which directly impacts children in foster care and their families by offering necessity items as well as enrichment opportunities to help children become more fully integrated into their communities. Warm Welcomes Foster Care Outreach seeks to promote a lasting sense of self-worth and healing for youth in foster care. We also provide community member involvement, promote volunteerism, provide service and empowerment opportunities for children in foster care to use their own talents within the community, as well as, raise awareness to address the critical issue of foster care in Southwest Ohio.
Warm Welcomes Foster Care Outreach was started in 2013 by Krista and Howard Lorenz and their five young children after having their eyes and hearts forever opened to the needs of children in foster care during their time as a foster family. Scripture is clear about the call to serve, protect, and WELCOME children, especially, those most vulnerable.
Luke 9:48 (NIV)
Then he said to them, "Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest."
Each child, family, adult, business, and small group can answer that call in simple, tangible, and lasting ways. Warm Welcomes FCO, was built out of the need to raise individual awareness of the estimated 399,546 children in foster care in the US (as of 9/2012) and to develop connections between children and their communities, schools, and churches. It is the hope that simple signs of support, encouragement, and being loved and valued by those around you, will help build children up in a positive way that has brought us to this very moment.
WWFCO currently serves foster children ages 0-18 from local agencies in Butler, Hamilton, and Warren Counties of Ohio.