Established in 1985, Child S.H.A.R.E. grew from the vision of Dr. Mary Rotzien, a woman whose strong commitment to her faith led her to develop a program to address the lack of stable, loving housing for abused and neglected children. With the financial support and encouragement of Westwood Presbyterian Church, Dr. Rotzien began to find temporary homes in the faith community for children languishing in the foster care system.
Dr. Rotzien’s unique approach to the challenges faced by foster families gave life to Child S.H.A.R.E. Today, Dr. Rotzien’s vision continues to grow as Child S.H.A.R.E. partners with families, individuals and volunteers, primarily from local faith communities, to recruit, train and support foster families.
To date, Child S.H.A.R.E. has successfully recruited over 950 families to provide foster homes, providing stability to nearly 3,100 children. Child S.H.A.R.E. families adopt children placed with them at over twice the national adoption rate and Child S.H.A.R.E. families are consistently honored, featured and recognized throughout the country as models of healthy foster parenting.