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Here are some helpful facts that may be useful to you as you prayerfully consider
adoption and/or foster care options.
Know the facts. Get connected to organizations in your area and
do some research on how many foster care children are in your city, county, or state.
How many can be adopted? How old are they? What are their needs? Find out what you
Look inside your church. There may be people in your church who
are already providing foster care, in the process of adopting, or have recently
adopted, use them.
Visit one of these websites to discover how you can help children through adoption
and foster care!
Alliance for Orphans
Unites more than 100 respected Christian organizations and a national network of
churches. Christian Alliance for Orphan's joint initiatives inspire, equip and connect
Christians to reflect God's heart in caring for orphans through adoption, foster
care and global orphan care initiatives.
Exists to provide opportunities for young women to experience God's unconditional
love, forgiveness and life-transforming power. Mercy Ministries serves young women
from all backgrounds (ages 13-28) that face a combination of life-controlling issues
such as unplanned pregnancy, depression, eating disorders and more.
Our goal is to engage the members of our Church in the foster care system in big
and small ways while never losing site of the goal to make sure every child grows
up in a permanent family.
Related Resources: orphancareinitiative.com/resources
Bethany Christian Services
A global Christian organization that serves children in more than 15 countries.
Bethany provides comprehensive social services that include pregnancy counseling,
foster care, adoption, post-adoption counseling and family preservation.
Black Mountain Children's
A safe, supportive, Christian environment for children who are dependent, neglected,
abused, homeless or otherwise cannot live with their families. The Home's mission
is to glorify God by caring for children and families.
CASA (Court appointed
special advocates) for children
Together with its state and local members, CASA aims to support and promote court-appointed
volunteer advocacy so that every abused or neglected child can be safe, establish
permanence and have the opportunity to thrive. Activities include: training and
curriculum, volunteer recruitment, public awareness and more.
Focus on the Family
Works collaboratively with state, county, church and adoption agency leaders to
help find families for waiting children and youth in foster care. In addition to
recruiting families, they are committed to providing best-in-class resources for
foster and adoptive families.
The project's mission is to provide tools, networking and encouragement to anyone
who is interested in becoming part of the movement to end child maltreatment and
the need for foster care.
Hope for Orphans
A ministry of FamilyLife that educates Christians about God's heart for orphans
and encourages them to care for orphans in distress. Hope for Orphans provides simple,
practical and biblically based resources to help local churches launch and develop
orphans ministries. They also connect and build relationships with key organizations
and share those connections with churches as resources.
Institute of Child Development—Texas
The institute strives to help children who are suffering the effects of early trauma,
abuse or neglect. They conduct research to deepen understanding about the needs
of abused and traumatized children and then design research-based models for practical
interventions that anyone can use to help children heal.
Loving & Caring,
A life-affirming ministry that provides practical resources, training, encouragement
and spiritual renewal to those called to minister to women and their children. Their
ultimate mission is to positively affect the spiritual, physical and moral health
of the world. Loving & Caring strives to do this by providing materials and
services to agencies and Christian ministries that serve teen moms, single parents
and families affected by crisis pregnancy.
Offers sanctuary to thousands of children whose parents are experiencing debilitating
circumstances. Safe Families provides a safe alternative to child welfare custody.
They also provide overwhelmed and resource-limited parents with a safe, temporary
place for their child without threat of losing custody.
Assemblies of God
Family Services Agency
Assists and equips the Church to win, build and send orphans and unwed pregnant
young ladies for the Cause of Jesus Christ. AG Family Services' mission is to provide
a place of physical, mental and spiritual safety to children, youth, birth mothers
and their infants. Programs include: residential group homes, adoption services
and foster care placement.
Golden State Family
A foster family agency dedicated to help children who have been removed from their
homes and are experiencing related emotional and psychological difficulties. They
also prepare foster parents through training and education and provide healing foster
home environments to children and adolescents.
Arrow Child and Family Ministries
Helping kids and strengthening families. A Christian provider of child welfare and
educational services connecting church and government to serve vulnerable children
and families. Arrow Child and Family Ministries believes in providing services in
a manner which gives glory and honor to Jesus Christ while also demonstrating respect
for religious and cultural diversity.
Bags4kids provides "comfort bags" to children who have been displaced due to neglect,
abuse, abandonment. They give these bags to shelters, county offices, resource centers,
foster parent agencies and police stations. Bags may also go to families with very
limited resources. Through donations, Bags4kids is able to support the mental wellbeing
and comfort of children during a stressful time in their lives.
Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our
goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human
suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.