GAP cares for over 400 foster children annually in family style group homes in Tucson. Siblings are able to stay together while in care due to the larger size of our homes. GAP helps foster teens and young adults learn the life skills necessary to successfully “age out” of foster care and into adulthood with mentoring and independent living programs. To better deal with the root causes of the foster care crisis, GAP also has visitation programs with the birth parents, as well as training and licensing of foster parents. It is our desire and goal to see healthy restoration of families when possible.
At the core of the Father’s and GAP’s heart is a love for children. God said in His word, “Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God.” (KJV) GAP Ministries began by caring for foster children in one home, and that aspect of the ministry has grown to 14 family style group homes where the love of God is shared with the children each day. GAP is also licensing and training individuals and couples to care for foster children to increase the number of homes where these children can live and thrive while away from their own homes.
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GAP recruits, licenses, and certifies individuals and families who wish to provide excellent temporary foster care for and who wish to be a permanent home for abused and/or neglected children. We help families through the licensing and adoption process.
Once these parents are licensed and have children placed in their homes, the GAP Foster Care Program provides them with ongoing education and support they need to be successful with their fostering experience.
GAP has nine residential family-style large foster homes, called SPLASH Houses, where we care for children 0-21 years of age who are placed with us through the Department of Child Safety (DCS). It is our mission to shelter children who have been abused and neglected and to show them love and acceptance. We believe there is a Biblical mandate that requires us to defend the causes of the orphan, and to provide hope and healing.
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MERGE (Maturity Education Responsibility Growth Excellence) is a program for teens living in a SPLASH Houses. Licensed by the state of Arizona, the mission of this program is to improve the quality of life for teens in the foster system.
We strive to empower them with the knowledge and skills to live independently in society, and to help them discover their potential.
GAP Ministries will now be able to more effectively impact the foster care system with the goal of reunifying healthy families. The state of Arizona has licensed us in Visit Supervision between the children and their birth parents. It is our desire that as parents learn new methods and get needed help, they become successful in raising their own children and stopping the cycle at the root.
Family Mentoring: GAP is mentoring families in 4 local title one schools. Our desire is to see family structures strengthened in the midst of social-economic crises that these communities are facing.
In the GAP Impact Center, families are able to spend quality time together during their court-ordered supervised visits. Each week moms and dads reconnect with their children to continue the bond they have as a family. For children who are no longer living with their parents, this can be the most important activity of their entire week. Parents bring familiar food, toys and sometimes other family members to the visits, which is a great way to keep the child connected to their family.
Moms and dads whose children are currently in foster care are given the tools and coaching needed in hopes of family reunification. Parent Aides meet with them weekly to complete “strength-based” skill session parenting curriculum. The Parent Aide will coach the parent to use the skills they have learned and apply it to their parenting time during supervised visits, many of which are held in the home to give the family a more relaxed atmosphere as they are working towards reunification. Parents also learn about the developmental needs of their children, community resources, and other valuable information.
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