Welcome, and thank you for supporting Circle of Living Hope, Your contributions allow us to continue working towards our mission to provide safe and therapeutic environments for the victims of child abuse and neglect.
Founded in 2006 by Daniel O'Steen, and established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Circle of Living Hope works conscientiously teaching young adults in the juvenile and foster care systems the necessary skills needed to prepare them for the challenges of independent living as they transitioned to adulthood.
Over fourteen-hundred children age out of the foster care system each year. Many of these children are not prepared for the responsibilities and challenges of adult living. Unfortunately, this lack of preparation often leads these young adults to engage in substance abuse and criminal activity further complicating their situations.
In working with these young adults, we recognized stable housing is paramount to a successful transition. After a review of community resources, we noticed a lack of stable housing alternatives for these young adults. Circle of Living Hope plans to help fill this deficiency. We are expanding our services to include a more diverse and focused team who are looking forward to opening the first Circle of Living Hope Independant/Transitional Living Residential Facility.
Circle of Living Hope is also beginning a new program that focuses on much needed safe and therapeutic homes for younger children separated from their families do to abuse and neglect. The number of abuse and neglect cases has dramatically increased in the last few years however, placement options have not kept pace with this demand. Current placements are often over a hundred miles from the children's family making visitation and continued contact difficult. We are currently working towards opening the Circle of Living Hope Child Placing Agency.
One area of focus for the Child Placing Agency will be training relatives of these children to become verified foster parents. Relatives who complete our program and become a verified foster family will receive the same support as a traditional foster family. Many relatives would like to provide a home for their kin however; the lack of support offered often makes it impossible for them.
COLH Founder/Executive Director