It’s estimated over 350,000 children are in the foster care system in the US.
Some of these foster children will be adopted into a forever family, but most will return to their own families and an estimated 30,000 of them will “age out”of the system this year at 18 years old with no support from a family and very little resources from the system and a basic education. Even though the stats can feel overwhelming, we can’t allow that to keep us from engaging our head, heart and hands.
You can make a difference.
Here are 13 creative ways you can help foster families in our community.
Click here to fill out our interest form to learn more about local foster care opportunities and training.
Not everyone is called to be a foster parent.
Most of you reading this, probably will not bring a child into your home. It doesn’t mean we…individually and collectively…do not have an essential role to play in the lives of foster families and foster children. While we are all not called to do the same thing, we are all certainly called to do something.
So what can you do?
Maybe the simplest way to think about it is this: you may be called to bring children into your home, or you may be called to serve and support those who bring foster children into their home.
If we truly believe all children belong to God, then it becomes our privilege and responsibility in the church to care for them.
Here are a few ideas on how you can help:
- Pray for these children and for foster families
- Take a meal to a foster family
- Give a foster family a night off by babysitting
- Give a family more time off by become certified for respite care
- Support local ministries and organizations such as Go Foster that are involved in foster care
- Go through foster training and become certified foster parents
If you’d like to be further involved, fill out a quick form so we can contact you about opportunties.