Rescue 100 Beginnings
Rescue 100 is a 501(C)(3) Nonprofit Organization that helps collaborative efforts between the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services, the courts and churches representing all denominations across the state of Mississippi. These organizations work together to streamline the training and licensing process for foster families. Rescue 100 is committed to recruiting, training and supporting foster families who provide loving homes for children in the state foster care system. Rescue 100 trains and equips foster families through online training courses and a 1-day training to expedite licensing their homes so they can care for children in need of a stable and loving home environment. Orientation sessions and training are held throughout the year in all parts of the state.
Mississippi currently has almost 6,000 children in foster care. There is a critical need for hundreds and hundreds more foster families to care for them and provide them with a safe, stable and loving home environment.
Rescue 100 was begun in Gulfport in 2016 as a faith-based initiative led by Pastor Tony Karnes of Michael Memorial Baptist Church in response to the need for 100 new foster families in his community. The success of the first Rescue 100 event then inspired leaders to expand the program statewide.
Listen to the Sermon that started the Rescue 100 Ministry
“The break down in our system has always been the lack of foster homes.“ – Cindy Alexander – Court Administrator, Harrsion County
“God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary thing!“ – Pastor Tony Karnes
Kids enter foster care through no fault of their own–typically because they have been abused, neglected, or abandoned and are unable to continue living safely with their families.
When we hear of waiting kids, we often think of children overseas in orphanages or living on the street somewhere. But what we fail to realize is that the United States also has many children and youth waiting for safe families.
Rescue 100 is a collaborative effort between the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services, the courts and churches representing all denominations across the state of Mississippi.
Who are foster parents?
Foster parents are individuals or married couples who complete the steps to become licensed to serve as caretakers for foster children. They work with birth families and hope changes are made that will allow the children to return to a safe home. Foster parents may choose to adopt the children if this is not possible.These families provide a safe and stable environment for children who may be experiencing stress and trauma from recent life changes. They receive a monthly reimbursement to help offset the cost of caring for children. Social workers visit the home on a regular basis to provide services and support to the children and family.
Register for Training
Individuals and families who wish to learn more about becoming a Foster Family/Parent in Mississippi can start by registering online for an upcoming Orientation Session. If you are married, both spouses must attend the Orientation Session and Training.
At the Orientation Session, which typically lasts around one hour, families will learn what being a Foster Family involves and get an overview of how they can become licensed to provide foster care.
Meet the Team
The Rescue 100 Team
Children in Foster Care throughout the US
Available for adoption throughout the US
Churches throughout the United States
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