When welcoming a new child into their home, foster and adoptive families need support to focus on caring for the new child and building a relationship with them. The first month a family has a new placement is the ideal time for the church to step in and help the family.
As you start the new year, here are three ways your church can support foster & adoptive families in your community.
1. Prepare Frozen Meals For Families
Preparing dinner can be one thing that families dread the most. Parents have spent all day at work or running kids around, and not having to worry about dinner is a huge blessing! Gather your congregation and make some frozen meals for families to have on hand on the more challenging days when they don't have time or energy to make dinner.
2. Bring Snacks or Meals to Support Groups
Many families find comfort in local support groups. They enjoy gathering with other families, and having a meal can be a great blessing. Have your congregation provide snacks for kids or dinner for the families at a support group. Use it as an opportunity to interact with the families and children you're supporting.
3. Host A Parents' Night Out
Foster and Adoptive parents often hold unique challenges as they provide loving and consistent care for kids who've experienced severe trauma. Providing a night out where parents can catch their breath and find some grounding helps sustain parents as they relentlessly pour into their children's lives. The best part is the kids are having so much fun they don't realize the evening is also for their parents!
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