It all started with a big idea and some good coffee.
That idea came together one day over breakfast when Co-Founders Wayne Stolz and Bill Hancock grabbed a napkin to jot down their ideas. The plan? To develop a ministry that could enable local churches to recruit, train, and sustain parents who take on the challenging role of fostering. Both men knew the difference a loving, Christian family could make.
That early work also created our Community of Care® program, a model that relies on churches to supply support of all kinds (mentors, prayer, babysitting, meals, and more).
FaithBridge launched in 2007 as Cornerstone Family Services, initially funded through a grant from Mt. Bethel Church. That summer, we were excited to place our first four children.
In 2008, we were able to expand our operation when Rick Jackson, the entrepreneur behind Jackson Healthcare, joined forces with us, becoming an investor and partner. The following year, FaithBridge Foster Care was officially established. Since then, we’ve grown into the largest Georgia-based and Christ-centered private child placing agency in the state. Over the past 15 years we have served nearly 2,000 children, and saw more than 1,000 reunifications and more than 350 adoptions.
In 2021, we were awarded a Child Life History contract with the State of Georgia (one of two in the state). Each day, more than 300 children are awaiting adoption in the State of Georgia. Many of them cannot be adopted because they do not have the required Child Life History documents. We now serve these children by creating hundreds of these official packets so that they can find stability in adoptive homes.
In an effort to expand our adoption services, FaithBridge applied for and achieved an Adoption contract allowing us to recruit families whose goal is specific to adoption. In 2022 we launched our new adoption services to license adoptive parents for the hardest to place children – large sibling groups, teens, and children with special needs.
As we continue to grow, our goal remains the same: to be a positive, Christ-centered change in foster care. Our plan is to equip local churches to be a foster care and adoption solution in their community. We believe that together we can reach these children and families with God’s life-changing love.