Are you a foster or adoptive parent? Do you desire a much needed break to get things done, go to a trauma training or just breathe?
HUGS is a program for your foster or adoptive children and siblings to come and play the second Saturday of every month from 9:30 to Noon at Venture Church. This is a FREE program to provide some rest for you. All volunteers have been trained in trauma and have a clear background check through DHHS. HUGS will have fun activities for children with games, a quiet room, crafts, music and a different theme every month. Suggested age range for HUGS is infant through high school.
HUGS will launch October 14, 2017 and take place the 2nd Saturday of each month thereafter.
Reserving Your HUGS Spot
Please complete a one-time registration for your child(ren) using the online form below (one form per child). HUGS is a 1-4 adult/child ratio, so space is limited. In order for us to plan for capacity accordingly, please RSVP a spot for your child(ren) monthly. For example, RSVP by October 1st for your child(ren) to attend the October 14th HUGS.
2018 HUG Dates
- February 10 – Art Extravaganza
- March 10 – LEGO Mania
- April 14 – Princesses and Superheroes
- May 12 – Community Service
- June 9 – Sports Day
- July 14 – Old Fashioned Summer
- August 11 – Water Mania
- September 8 – Science Day
- October 13 – TBD
- November 10 – TBD
- December 8 – TBD
Volunteer With HUGS
We ask volunteers that can donate their time and energy for 4 hours (8:30-12:30) the second Saturday of each month to join us as we give these foster and adoptive parents a much needed break.
Free training is provided for our HUGS volunteers, and all volunteers will have to clear a background check. The next training will be Tuesday, February 6th at Venture Church from 6:30-8:30pm. Child care will be provided along with light snacks and refreshments.
Meet the HUGS Leaders
“I have a deep belief that a person will truly see the heart of Jesus when giving a home with consistency, love and boundaries to children who have suffered loss. By doing this it answers God’s calling to care for the widows and orphans. For those who cannot open their home to a child in foster care there is always opportunities to volunteer in the HUGS respite program.”
Dave & Betsy Krupansky have three children; two of those children were adopted as siblings at ages 2 and 3 years old. Their journey has created a passion in them for helping families through the foster/adoption process and supporting families through training on how to help children grow out of hard places with God’s grace.
“Parenting children from difficult places is hard, but doing hard things in community with others make it feel easier. This is why I am involved with Project His Kids and HUGS.”
Sandy Hill lives in Fenton with her husband and four kids. Joining them are two dogs, five chickens, and four fish.
“The adverse effects of trauma in foster care children is undeniably real; however, I believe through God’s grace and mercy, anyone is able to give these children the love, safety, support, and consistency to dramatically minimize these effects. Finally, I am fulfilling God’s purpose for me by serving these children in need and helping others who are feeling led to embark on this selfless journey.”
Kevin and Lynda Krupansky have four children with the three youngest siblings through the foster to adopt process at the ages of 4, 1 & birth. They began their journey after they remarried in 2013 and wanted to have more children. Almighty God opened their hearts to the immeasurable amount of children needing a forever loving home. They went through the foster care licensing process and were placed with their first child (3 weeks old) in 2014 who they took care of until she was returned to her birth Dad at 10 months old. Four days later on St. Patrick’s Day 2015 they were placed with two lucky charm girls and then the girls’ baby brother four months later. They adopted the girls’ baby brother in February 2017 and are currently in the process of adopting both girls within the next month or so. Their foster to adopt journey has resulted in a passion to be the hands and feet of Almighty God by raising awareness of the desperate need for foster care parents; by educating, advocating, navigating and sharing resources to other families going through the process, and most importantly sharing in God’s grace, love and support.
Curt & Christine Collins
“We are Curt and Christine Collins, we chose to become foster parents to live out Christ’s love through helping orphan children. We believe it is important to show these children they are loved and wanted. We have three biological children, and two adopted children. We know the importance of having support during all phases of fostering and adoption and are involved in the Project His kids leadership to help other families going through the same process.”