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Initiative seeks to increase number of foster homes in Gwinnett

According to 111ProjectGA, there are about 370 children in foster care in Gwinnett but only 59 foster homes.

The local initiative seeks to change that ratio.

“We want to see a day when there are more than enough homes for these kids,” said Andy Cook, executive director of Promise686, the ministry spearheading the initiative. “We want to localize the support of these children and it’s mathematically feasible.”

111ProjectGA specifically focuses on recruiting churches that would ideally have one foster family each with volunteers within the church providing support for the family.

With more than 500 churches in Gwinnett, Cook said, it’s possible to reach the goal of creating 111 new foster families over the next three years.

“We’d like to flood the DFCS system with great options for these children,” Cook said.

The initiative, which launched this past summer, has 14 churches committed so far, including Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, Grace Point Community Church and Rising Church in Suwanee, Grace Fellowship Church in Snellville, Graystone Church and Loganville First Baptist Church in Loganville, Lawrenceville First Baptist Church and Questview Church in Lawrenceville and Norcross First United Methodist Church, One Heart Church and Victory World Church in Norcross.

Churches interested in learning more about 111ProjectGA can email info@promise686.org.