In this webinar we will chat through the global strategic plan for foster care engagement and learn about how we can be the answer to a broken system in ways that we are already actively doing in our communities. This will be a step by step guide on how to interact with foster care and kinship care providers with a bit of info about the Brave empowerment program sprinkled in. Spoiler alert: no matter what you are doing in your community, you are already engaging with the majority of the plan already. Join us to hear more.
Our presenter is Captain Lisa Barnes. Lisa Barnes has been a Salvation Army Officer for 14 years, and has served in San Francisco, Phoenix, Seattle and Las Vegas. In her youth she was a kid lost in the foster care system which consisted of between 30-40 different foster and group homes. Lisa attributes her success in ministry, and family to those at The Salvation Army in Gresham Oregon, Salinas California, and influencing people throughout the Golden State Division in her teen years that showed her that life could be different than she could ever expect.
Now Lisa refers to herself as “Foster Care Alumni” and in addition to her appointment as Divisional Secretary over Southern Nevada, she is also The Salvation Army’s coach for anyone who would like to host a Brave event. Brave is an empowerment program for girls 12-18 and in foster care or other vulnerable situations.
Lisa has also written a Global Strategic Plan for Foster Care Engagement which she believes can be the catalyst for the Army’s next wave of intentional global impact, and it is something that every corps or service center can participate in- with no financial investment, no new programs, no changes to buildings or property… except for a box of donuts and the time spent making connections in our communities.