Our Story

Vision 

To dramatically reduce the number of children who have been in foster care for over 1 year.

Mission

New Life Village’s (NLV) mission is to reduce the number of children in foster care by encouraging more families to adopt by providing these adoptive families a loving, supportive neighborhood to call home. Our “Home” is an intergenerational residential community designed for families raising foster and adopted children. NLV residents have either adopted a child from foster care or are in the process of doing so. Several supportive seniors also call NLV home. They serve as surrogate grandparents and volunteers to the children and to the mission. The Village offers a reduced rent incentive to assist these families and seniors. The Village also offers a program to support parents and children.

History

The Village was founded by Sister Claire LeBoeuf, CSC of the Congregation of the Sisters of Holy Cross. Sister Claire has spent her entire adult life advocating for abused and neglected children. Though never in foster care, Sister Claire, after her mother’s death when she was 13 years of age, experienced firsthand what it means to be in a family where one simply doesn’t belong.  While we were founded by Sister Claire, our is non-denominational and we welcome residents of all faiths and family orientations.

Our Values

  • Faith
  • Appreciation
  • Kindness
  • Collaboration
  • Sharing
  • Love
  • Education
  • Safety
  • Family
  • Gratitude
  • Respect
  • Boundaries

Why Serve Foster Children?

Both nationally and locally, the foster care system is filled with children who need to find a forever home.  These kids have been through more than most of us can imagine and end up in foster care through no fault of their own. Many older children end up living in group homes where they remain until they “age out” of the foster care system. Sadly, they are also at risk of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, homelessness, dropping out of school or losing their own children to foster care.

Nationally…

  • There are a little over 400,000 children in foster care in the United States.
  • A little over half of these children remain in care for at least one year.
  • Nearly 50,000 of these children will remain in foster care for five years or more.
  • Approximately 30,000 children remain in foster care into adulthood.
  • Annual and state expenditures for foster care total more than $9 billion a year.
  • It costs the average taxpayer in Florida $40,000 a year for every child who does not have a permanent home.
  • Children who languish in foster care have a far greater chance of dropping out of high school, becoming a teen parent, abusing substances, and being homeless.

In Hillsborough County, Florida…

  • Florida is 3rd in the country with the amount of children affected by foster care and Hillsborough County is 1st in the state.
  • There are currently approximately 4,000 children affected by foster care in Hillsborough County and about 7,000 in the tri-county area.
  • In 2012 there were 2,800 in the system of care. The dramatic increase is correlated with rising opioid crisis.