FAQs about TFI
Is TFI a foster care agency?
No, TFI supports agencies by helping individuals across the nation create and grow sustainable foster care ministries in their communities. We come alongside them with tools, ministry resources, ongoing support/coaching and network them with others doing the same thing, and we do it all for FREE!
Does TFI license families to foster?
No. We encourage you to contact your local foster care agency to learn about the specific requirements in your state.
Is TFI a non-profit organization?
Yes, TFI is a 501(c)3 non-profit Ministry of Lifesong for Orphans. All donations are tax deductible.
Is TFI faith-based?
Yes. Our goal is to show the love of Jesus to our community.
What is the best way to learn what TFI and TFI Advocates are doing in their communities?There are several ways! Sign up for the quarterly newsletter, find us on Facebook or find your local TFI Advocate’s Facebook page to learn more about what TFI is doing in foster communities all over the nation!
If I can’t be a TFI Advocate, what else can I do?
There is still a lot you can do!
- Serve with an existing TFI ministry
- Contact your local foster care agency and find out what their needs and/or volunteer opportunities are.
- Take snacks, gift card and thank you notes periodically to the foster care agency.
- Google “foster care ministries” in your area and find out how you can volunteer with them.
- Support TFI financially. We appreciate any donations!
TFI Advocate FAQs
Are TFI Advocates paid?
No, TFI Advocates serve as volunteer representatives of The Forgotten Initiative.
What is the time commitment for a TFI Advocate?
TFI Advocates typically spend anywhere from 5-20 hours a week.
What do TFI Advocates spend their time doing?
TFI Advocates do a variety of activities in their community such as:
- Meeting with agency workers and churches
- Speaking/advocacy to various groups interested in the foster care community
- Building/leading their team
- Coordinating projects and volunteers
- Maintaining their TFI Facebook page
- Connecting/networking with the TFI Leadership and other TFI Advocates
In order to grow a sustainable foster care ministry, a key focus of TFI Advocates is growing and leading a team to accomplish the work.
What are some important characteristics for a TFI Advocate to have?
TFI Advocates are typically characterized by these and other similar traits:
- Personal and growing relationship with Jesus
- Servant leadership
- Highly values “team”
- Willingness to learn
- Strong organization and communication skills
- Ability to coordinate multiple things at once
Do I have to be a foster parent to be a TFI Advocate?
No. Some TFI Advocates are foster parents, while others are not.
What kind of support is offered to TFI Advocates?
The Forgotten Initiative serves TFI Advocates with full-time support at no cost. This includes strategy sessions, quarterly networking “round table” discussions with other TFI Advocates, proven “How-To” ministry guides, accounting support and more!
Can I be a TFI Advocate if there is already one in my area?
It is best to have one TFI Advocate per area, although some metropolitan areas may be large enough to need more than one. Connect with your local TFI Advocate and learn how you can join the TFI team in your community!
Do TFI Advocates have to raise their own money for projects in their community?
Yes, TFI Advocates raise funds for their projects. Ministry materials like business cards, banners/posters and other media are provided by The Forgotten Initiative at no cost to the TFI Advocate.
Do you have suggestions for churches who desire to serve the foster care community?
Yes. If your church has a mission or desire to serve and make a difference to those in the foster care community, but doesn’t know where to start, TFI encourages you to contact a local TFI Advocate. If there is no TFI Advocate in the area, churches can help recruit someone who can serve as an Advocate. Contact us for more information!