Goshen Graduates- Defying the Odds

  • The statistics show that only 50% of youth in foster care will receive a high school diploma.
  • Only 10% of former foster youth will attend college.

Graduating high school is an accomplishment to be celebrated for any teenager, but especially for youth in foster care. We want to highlight the youth in our care that have achieved this great milestone while being away from their parents and family support. We are extremely proud of each of them and the next steps they are making! Each graduate is attending college and continuing to grow with peace and purpose.

Your investment into Goshen Valley has made a way for these young people to succeed. Every gift given was utilized to surround them with the safety of a home, love of a family and hope for the future. We hope you enjoy seeing the fruits of your support!

If you would like to participate in the $50 for 5 campaign you can give a special gift in honor of our graduates below:


Fishing Rodeo

We had an incredible time at the Fishing Rodeo on Saturday! First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Renesant Bank, and Allstar Financial Group led the charge on an incredible outing for our boys. “The event was great! The boys caught over 380 fish!” says Donald Rampley. "It was exciting to see some of these young men catch a fish for the first time."

The fishing rodeo took place in Rockmart, Georgia at a private lake owned by Allstar Financial Group. There were multiple stations where groups of our boys rotated throughout the day. Adult volunteers from FBCW guided our boys at each station, ensuring each one had a great time and caught as many fish as possible.

“Every boy at the Ranch caught a fish, the volunteers made sure of it,” says Scott Gaither, house parent supervisor at the Ranch. “The event is one of the highlights of the year! Last year was great, but this year was even better!

One of our boys who had never been fishing before absolutely loved the experience. “It was the first time I ever went fishing, and I caught six fish!” He now has a new fishing pole and is excited to try again soon.

The fishing rodeo was an incredible day for our boys, and we are very grateful for everyone who played a role in making it happen!


Goshen Homes: Informational Meetings

Join us for an informational meeting to learn more about becoming a Goshen Homes foster family and our unique Professional Foster Parent employment opportunities.

Informational Meetings Scheduled the Third Tuesday of every month from 6-7:30 pm at:

G. Cecil Pruett YMCA

151 Waleska St

Canton, GA 30114

RSVP to [email protected] or 770-345-9535

*childcare is provided with RSVP

Goshen Homes FAQ:

Q. Who is Goshen Homes?

Goshen Homes is the new foster care program of the Goshen Valley Foundation. Goshen Homes is a licensed Child Placing Agency that partners with DFCS to recruit, train and equip foster families to provide stable and loving homes to children in foster care.

Q. How is Goshen Homes different from other Child Placing Agencies?

The Goshen Valley Foundation is piloting a specialized foster care program specific to Sibling Reunification in Cherokee and Bartow counties. We are looking for foster families that are willing to take more than one child in an effort to keep siblings together when they enter foster care. Unlike other agencies, Goshen provides an enhanced financial model and therapeutic programming that includes support and training to ensure our families have what they need to take in sibling groups.

Q. Are there costs involved to become a Goshen Homes foster parent?

As a foster parent you must prove financial stability as part of the home study process. However, Goshen recognizes the financial burden that comes with adding multiple children to your household. Goshen does not want your financial status to be a barrier to ministry and therefore is prepared to assess your financial needs and offer an enhanced financial model that may include assistance with housing costs, food, transportation and potential salary for stay at home parents. Financial assistance varies depending on how many children you are fostering.

Q. Does a Goshen Homes foster family have a say in choosing children?

Yes. Goshen Homes serves children between the ages of 0-18. During the home study process you will discuss the type of children you are interested in fostering. Through the home study process we will determine how many children and what types of children are the best match for your household.

Q. How long do foster children stay in care?

The length of time varies according to the needs of the children and their families. Some children are placed briefly (a few days) while some remain for months to years.

Q. Are the children available for adoption?

Yes. When reunification with their biological family is not an option, an adoptive family for the children is sought.

Q. What responsibilities does the foster parent have?

Foster parents are responsible for the 24/7 care of the children in their home. Children in foster care have unique needs and may require counseling, visitation with birth parents and other needed appointments while in the foster home. With the help of Goshen Homes staff, foster parents ensure that the children's physical, emotional, spiritual, medical and educational need s are met. This includes coordination, transportation, and advocacy for the children placed in their home.

 


Goshen Valley Classic: RESULTS!

The 11th Annual Goshen Valley Classic presented by WellStar on Monday, October 24th was a tremendous success. With your help, we raised approximately $150,000, totaling over $1,000,000 raised in the past 11 years!

Click here to access photos from the day.

 

Thank you to all of our participants, volunteers and donors from this special day.

 

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View our Goshen Valley Classic Presented by WellStar Brochure!


Two Fall Golf Opportunities

Whether it's the annual AFG Ambassador's Charity Tournament or our own Goshen Valley Classic, there are two great opportunities to participate or volunteer in golf outings that provide vital support to the young men, women and children of Goshen Valley!

 

Goshen Valley Classic presented by WellStar:

Monday, October 24,

Shotgun Start: 12:00 p.m.

goshenvalleyclassic.org

 

AFG Ambassador's Tournament:

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Discover Derby Style

Ever dream of Derby hats and fashion? Goshen Valley’s sixth Annual Fashion show, Discover Derby Style, is right around the corner! It will be a fun afternoon of delicious food, fashion, and fellowship. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Goshen Valleys Boys Ranch Director Stacy Cooper for a personal view of the Ranch and the youth we serve. The event will be held on May 7th at 11:30am at the acclaimed Country Club of Roswell.  All proceeds benefit the Goshen Valley Foundation.  Goshen Valley Foundation is the state of Georgia’s leading nonprofit Foster Care provider, serving young women, men, and children in the state foster care system. Headquartered in Canton, GA, Goshen Valley Foundation is comprised of three operating programs, with over 75 young people currently in our care.

Alice and Stan Smith first learned about Goshen Valley through their membership at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Atlanta, Georgia where they were early supporters of the Goshen mission.  In 2009 upon Alice’s passing, her daughters Stephenie Cook, Leslee Frost and Allison Smith established the Alice Smith Memorial Fund in her memory. In 2012, Stephenie Cook,  Alice and Stan’s eldest daughter, passed away and the  Fashion Show is now in loving memory of two wonderful women, Alice and Stephenie, who both had a passion for changing the lives of the youth Goshen Valley Serves.

Smith and Frost were quoted recently stating, “Goshen Valley has been a part of our family for many years and we take great pride in hosting the Fashion Show as a small way we can give back to the kids in care at Goshen Valley. We hope that you can join us at this year’s event and experience a small piece of how Goshen Valley helps the kids in foster care in Georgia.”Roblox Hack No Survey No Download

Community support is one of the key drivers in providing our youth with a successful place to call home and the necessary resources to have a hopeful future. We strive to go above and beyond the bare minimum to ensure these young people are provided with the best care possible. Consider joining us or sending someone for a fashionable day to support the foster youth in our community.


Want to Foster? We offer IMPACT Training!

Goshen Valley will be offering IMPACT training through our Goshen Homes program. Our 2-day training will take place on:Movie Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)

May 21, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

May 22, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

 

Trainings will take place in our Canton Office:

505 Brown Industrial Pkwy, Suite 200

Canton GA 30114

 

IMPACT was developed by the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Family and Children Services to prepare resource families for the joys and challenges of fostering and adopting. IMPACT addresses the entire service continuum from initial inquiry through completion of the family evaluation. IMPACT training is required by all perspective foster and adoptive parents.

Questions? Email [email protected]

 

Sign up here!


10th Annual Goshen Valley Classic

Monday, October 19, 2015

Cherokee Town and Country Club

Click here to access our new Goshen Valley Classic website and register for the event!


3rd Annual Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Luncheon

Please join us for this year’s 3rd Annual Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Luncheon!

Click HERE to reserve your seat.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The Bluffs Cherokee Conference Center

1130 Bluffs Pkwy

Canton GA 30114

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Redeemer Day 2015

Will be rescheduled for a date TBD soon. Stay tuned!