Keeping Hope Alive
The Coalition continued adjusting and finding new ways to provide information, support, and training resources to our families.
We were there providing accessible and reliable information
- 6,500 weekly email newsletter subscribers
- 6,000+ tip sheet downloads related to foster care, relative care, and adoption
- 197,000+ website sessions
- 36,400+ webpage visits for information about foster care and adoption
- 99% of those who connect with the Coalition say the information they were provided is helpful
We were the safe and hopeful place that families were able to turn to
- Responded to over 1,800 individuals via phone, email, and in-person visits
- Answered 1,195 inquiries about how to get started as a foster or adoptive parent
- Connected 3,153 website visitors with resources for birth parents
We changed up our outreach offerings by:
- Hosting a weekly Facebook Live series through March and April.
- Created mechanisms for virtual outreach meetings, at which attendance has outperformed our typical in-person offerings.
Champion Classrooms: Quality Training While Families Stayed Home
In 2019 we took our already successful and trusted training offerings to the next level with the launch of Champion Classrooms. When we designed Champion Classrooms, we knew it would be critical to have easy-to-access resources for families. Still, we could have never predicted just how crucial it would become until Spring of 2020.
From mid-March through May 2020, we had over 800 families sign up for courses and new learning. And even when the Safer At Home restrictions were lifted, we continued to see families return for more information and education.
The number of registered users increased from 215 in 2019 to 1,343 in 2020
The number of courses taken increased from 314 in 2019 to 3,550 in 2020
Overall, we can report a 25% increase in the amount of training content created and made available to learners by the end of 2020
98% of surveyed families said that they have gained
- Increased knowledge
- Ability to use what they have learned in caring for children
- Opportunity to learn alongside co-parents and, at times, the children in their care
"I really felt empowered to do what is best for the child, and collaborate with the team and ask for help!"
Support for Parents Raising Children Transracially
The Coalition has always known that when it comes to families raising children transracially, they need to know that they don't have to go it alone. Many people realized their own needs to learn more and do better for the children in their care in 2020. At the Coalition, we committed to increasing our knowledge and the amount of information available for families parenting transracially. We dedicated time to finding and sharing resources and creating additional videos and specialized training offerings for families.
In November 2020, we launched a new learning pathway within our on-demand learning platform, Champion Classrooms, for transracial parenting: four introductory classes that we plan to build upon. In just a few short weeks, 82 learners enrolled and took advantage of this new learning.
"I loved this. I feel empowered to help my child find his identity."
Both of our special events looked and felt a little different in 2020. However, we were excited to find a way to connect with friends of the organization in whatever way we could.
Over 60 golfers joined us for our golf outing on August 31 at the Legend at Merrill Hills in Waukesha. Though our group was a little smaller than in past years, and despite some rain, the Coalition team was delighted to see our friends and supporters. This small but mighty outing helped us raise over $20,000.
Perhaps the more significant change to our events in 2020 was hosting an all virtual gala. Just three members of the Coalition leadership team were together with our friends at Majic Studios for this annual event. Indeed a considerable change from the group of 250 we usually look forward to celebrating with in person! Our incredibly generous donors and supporters raised over $100,000 to support the Coalition's mission and programs.