Foster Care

Sojourners Celebrates National Adoption Month

At Sojourners we believe that every child deserves a forever home. Our Family Development staff work hard to match children in our foster care program with wonderful forever parents. We have facilitated the adoptions of close to forty children in the past three and one half years. And, several of our staff have adopted children […]

Sojourners Golf Tournament Provides Great Day of Golf

Thanks to everyone who took part and helped out at our 4th annual golf tournament that took place at the beautiful Chillicothe Jaycees Public Golf Course on Saturday, August 9th. The weather was wonderful, the food was great, and the golfers had a good day of golf. We would especially like to thank our generous […]

Annual Poker Run Offers Ride for Our Foster Kids

Motorcycle riders have the chance to ride the beautiful summer roads of southeast Ohio and help local foster care youth during the All Riders Club annual Ride for Foster Kids poker run on August 3. Registration will be held from 11:00 am to Noon at the Redman Lodge, 7875 Dairy Lane, in Athens.  The cost […]

Sojourners Best Ever Chinese Auction This Thursday

  Sojourners will host its fourth—and best—annual Chinese auction on Thursday, November 15 at the Vinton County Community Building. The doors open at noon and the drawings begin at 7:00 pm. All proceeds from the event will provide holiday activities for Sojourners foster youth and transitional living participants. Persons bidding in the auction do not […]

Another School Year Begins

 Another school year has begun. This year we have an average placement census of 85 young people in foster care attending 36 schools in 18 school districts. Over the next nine months our foster parents and foster care staff will spend countless hours and many, many miles doing everything they can to insure that our […]

Poker Run Raises Money for Foster Care Day Camp

The second annual All Riders Club Poker Run Ride for Foster Kids took place on Saturday, May 5th.  Foster parents Sharlene and Gerry Ryder organize the event each year to raise money for our Foster Care day camp.  The event began and ended at the Redman Lodge in Athens. The registration fee was $10 a […]

Foster Care Program Flourishes

      The Foster Care program of our Family Development division has been growing in recent months. We now carry an average census of between 70 and 80 young people in care.  Youth are placed in one of our 35 foster care and adoption homes in Allen, Athens, Auglaize, Fayette, Gallia, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, […]

Foster Care Christmas Party Enjoyed by All

Our 2011 Foster Care Christmas party was the largest in the history of our organization. 151 foster families members and staff attended the dinner, which took place in the McArthur Fireman’s Hall on Friday, December 9. The division of Family Development worked for months preparing for the event. Funding for the seasonal celebration was provided […]

The World Came to Sojourners

Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritania, South Sudan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, USA This summer, Sojourners had an exciting opportunity to collaborate with Ohio University in Athens in an exciting educational project with UNICEF. The university was one of just four in the United States chosen to host a UNICEF Communications for Development (C4D) training for UNICEF officers […]

May in National Foster Care Month

      Each May, National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity to shine a light on the experiences of the more than 400,000 children and youth in the foster care system. The campaign raises awareness about the urgent needs of these young people and encourages citizens from every walk of life to get involved […]