Good Shepherd Catholic Service for Children

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1340 Partridge Avenue
University City, MO 63130
United States

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Monday 8:30 AM-5 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM-5 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM-5 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM-5 PM
Friday 8:30 AM-5 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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Children enter foster care for many reasons – poverty, abuse, neglect, but never because of their own choice. Do you have room in your heart to be a Good Shepherd foster family?

There are a variety of services and support available to foster families. Our Fostering Faithful Families ministry reaches out to churches in the hopes of educating the community about the needs of children in foster care.

The process of becoming a foster or adoptive parent usually takes a minimum of 4 months.

Connecting children with families and keeping families connected by providing pregnancy and parenting support, foster care programs, and adoption services.

Services and information

  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Emergency Foster Care
  • Respite Foster Care
  • Adoption
  • Other

Requirements to become a foster parent

Foster parents receive a maintenance payment to help cover some of the care costs of raising a child. The rate parents receive varies depending on the child's age and their special needs. Foster children also receive a clothing allowance, covering their medical needs.

The Missouri Department of Social Services website shows you the latest rates.

However, these maintenance payments aren't always enough. Everything from school supplies to toys can cut into that budget. Many businesses and organizations are stepping up to help cover the gaps and assist foster families.

Foster Together provides a walk-in shopping service for foster children free of charge. Kids can find new and like-new clothing, toys, car seats, and more.

Foster parents caring for younger children can look to Nurses for Newborns, which provides health assessments, screenings, education, and more support.

Another valuable resource is respite care, which gives foster parents a break when needed. Respite foster care is a temporary service offered by other trained foster families. It's also useful in the event of an emergency situation.

Ratings and Reviews

Average user rating

4.5 / 5
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Liz Marie
Sep 22, 2022

This place helped me become an amazing mother to my baby girl! They push you to go forward and they love you like your one of their own! I was in the shelter side of it all and they made me feel loved like I never have before amazing place trustworthy people!

Rating: 5

Anna Loughlin
May 17, 2022

Knowledgeable, attentive, and kind staff!

Rating: 5

Kasey W
Apr 20, 2022

The people at Good Shepherd have been incredible. They are so quick to help and do all they can to ensure everyone feels welcome and taken care of. The staff is extremely responsive and cares about everyone who reaches out to them. We are so blessed to have this local agency!

Rating: 5

Alexis Feldt
Aug 23, 2021

Every single person at Good Shepherd has been kind, caring and loving. They are advocates for the birth mothers, and you can tell they are very purposeful with the adoptive parents they agree to work with. We are lucky to have them in the St Louis area.

Rating: 5

Matt B
Apr 06, 2021

We have been clients of Good Shepherd’s Infant Adoption Program multiple times over the past five years. With each experience we have been extremely impressed by the social workers, not only on our behalf, but especially for the care and respect they have for the expectant parents. We highly recommend Good Shepherd to anyone who is thinking about adoption for their family, either as an adoptive family, or an expectant parent wanting to make an adoption plan for their child.

Rating: 5