May is National Foster Care Awareness Month, and in our community there is a great need to show the love of Christ to those who are a part of the foster care system. Currently, there are 12,000 children in GA in care and over 300 here in Clarke County.
More than 300 children in our community have been removed from their home because it has been deemed unsafe for them to live there. Since there are not enough open foster homes available for these children, they are oftentimes moved further from their families and friends – making a hard situation even more challenging and scary.
While there is a great need for more foster families in this community, we know that not every family is able to open their homes to children needing safety and love, but we also know is that we are all called by God to care for vulnerable children. James 1:27 is one verse often referenced with this calling, but there are countless more that show God’s heart for children in need.
We all have a role we can play in obedience to this call to enter into the brokenness of others and display the love and heart of Jesus.
That’s where we are here to help you!
We want to help you find your role and show you how to engage the many people who are entering into the difficulty of foster care, bringing light and redemption to it! We have foster families and professionals in our church who play an integral role in the health and well-being of these children.
We want to invite you to come alongside them to offer support and to help meet their needs as they pour themselves out into these children’s lives. There are Care Teams in place that give people the opportunity to serve families who foster, usually once a month, by bringing them a home-cooked meal, providing babysitting, giving date-nights, encouraging their spirits through prayer, and so much more!
Additionally, there are opportunities to support professionals who work each day with vulnerable children – to supply them with materials, support, and encouragement to help them have more to give these children.
We are excited about continuing to support these families and professionals with your help!
We invite you to stop by the information table before or after the gathering this Sunday to learn more about how we can demonstrate the love of Christ to those in our community through this ministry.
If you aren’t able to stop by but would still like to learn how you can get involved, please reach out to Katie Wood (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Stephanie Mann (email@example.com).
You can also visit chosenforlifeathens.com to learn more about how churches can get involved in orphan care locally.