What is foster care?
Foster care is a service provided by families in the community to children who need the protection and provision of a temporary home. Whenever it is safe, we encourage foster parents to view their role as a ministry to a family in need.
What is adoption?
Adoption is receiving a child or youth into your home who is legally in the custody of a county department of social services but in need of a permanent family. The child’s family of origin has had their parental rights terminated by the court and the child is available for adoption by another individual or couple.
What is kinship?
Kinship care is provided by relatives or close family friends.
Reunification is the redemption of a family. God designed family as the perfect environment for child development. When parents take the opportunity to change, children can return home safely.
Why the church?
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27 (NIV)
how does james 1.27 and caring for orphans relate to the foster care system?
Throughout the Bible, the word “orphan” refers to a child needing the protection and provision of a family. Children in foster care need the protection and provision of a family; often temporarily while their parents work to rebuild a healthy environment and sometimes through adoption when family reunification is not possible.
Why should a church seek to be A foster adoption friendly CHURCH?
Christians are instructed to care for children in need of family. Because these children have experienced trauma, grief and loss, parenting requires extraordinary spiritual, emotional and physical efforts. Adults and children in these families need church to be a safe place where they can find support, hope and healing.