It’s estimated that over 350,000 children are in the foster care system here in the US.
Some of these 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. And even though the stats can often feel overwhelming, we can’t allow that to keep us from engaging our head, heart and hands.
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Foster care should be a church problem, not a state child welfare problem.
We see through Scripture the mandate to care for the least of these – with specific references to widows and orphans. So, thus foster care is is a Gospel issue first, not a government issue. The Church has both the duty and privilege to speak on behalf of and stand for the sake of those who cannot speak and stand for themselves because that is exactly what God has done for us through Jesus. That’s the Gospel.
Now, not everyone is called to be a foster parent.
As a matter of fact, most of you reading this, probably won’t bring a child into your home. But that doesn’t mean that we, both individually and corporately, don’t have an essential and necessary role to play in the lives of foster families and foster children. And while we are all not called to do the same thing, we are all certainly called to do something. So what can you do? I’m glad you asked!
Maybe the most simple way to think about it is this way: You can be called to bring children into your home or you are capable of serving and supporting those who do 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.
So here’s a few ideas on how you could help:
- Take over a meal to a foster family
- Give a family a night off by babysitting
- Give a family more time off by become certified for respite care
- Support local ministries, and organizations that are involved in foster care
- Go through foster training and become certified foster parents
- Most importantly, pray for these children and for foster families
If you’d like to be further involved, fill out a quick form so we can contact you about opportunties.