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November 12, 2017 is
Orphan Sunday

 

Community Clergy Training
from the VA -
Pastoral care for rural
veterans and families.
Various locations/dates.

 

 

 

 

 

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Foster Care and Adoption

What Are Our Roles Biblically?  

Defend the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and needy. (Psalm 82:3 KJV)  Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and  widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from  the world. (James 1:27 KJV)

U.S. Missions is committed to a philosophy of ministry, based on these scriptural mandates, to assist the vulnerable children in the foster care system and the families who serve them as foster or adoptive parents. 

Think you can't help because you're not in a position to foster or adopt?  There are many other ways an individual or church can get involved in God's command to remember the orphans. Listen to Episode 102 of the Influence Podcast, featuring U.S. Missionary Eric Porter.


FAQ's and Statistics

 

Speakers, Trainers, U.S. Missionaries 

(Click on the name to see the ministry.)

Richard Smith

Chris Beard

Gary Webb (U.S. Missionary with OCJ Kids)

Charles Sanderfur

Eric Porter (U.S. Missionary with Backyard Orphans)

Steve Hogue (U.S. Missionary Associate with COMPACT family services - read more about the Hogues' ministry here)

Jay Mooney, COMPACT Family Services (read more about COMPACT in this PE News article, "Untold Story of Heartbreak and Victory")


Training Materials & Resources for Churches

The Keep: Orphan Care - Attend their church leadership training to equip your church from prevention to permanency.

CarePortal connects local churches to children and families in crisis. Your church can access training resources and information and then sign up to receive real-time alerts when a family or child in your area needs help.

Foster care training from OCJ Kids - email Gary to schedule training for your church, or inspire your church with the Church Volunteer Community Outreach Video.

"Three Ways the Church Can Support Adoptive Families" - a pastor who is also an adoptive dad shares the need to go beyond sermons and finances to surrounding adoptive families with practical and tangible expressions of caring.

Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) - network of organizations and churches sharing the belief that Christians must step in to help orphans and at-risk children, offering resources and training.

Foster Parent Training 

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) - Having a special friend to help navigate the system can make all the difference for a foster child. Search "CASA" and your location to find an office that serves your county and find out how your church members can be trained as advocates. Alternative volunteer opportunities such as fundraising or helping with special events are also available.

Highlands Maternity Home, an affiliate of CompACT. offers a supportive Christian environment for young women facing an unplanned pregnancy. Life skills training, adoption resources, and quality medical care help build hope for the future.

Enrichment Journal article by Jay Mooney with testimonies and how-to's for churches

Royal Family Kids: Kids' camps, mentoring programs, training for mentors, churches, and volunteers

Fathers in the Field: This program trains church-going men to use their love of the outdoors, hunting and fishing skills, and nature to mentor young boys who do not have a father figure in their lives.

Orphan Sunday - information and resources for awareness and event planning

Teen Leadership Foundation: Resources for starting a mentoring ministry to teens aging out of the foster system.

The Mentoring Project: Connecting the faith community to matching agencies to provide mentors for fatherless youth.

Article, "Adoptive Families Need Help," challenging the church community to come alongside adoptive parents.

 

Other Helpful Resources

 

Adoption Resources:

Currently working in several states, the faith-based organization Grant Me Hope specializes in training, support, and resources to encourage adoption of older foster children before they "age out" of the system and become more vulnerable to homelessness, incarceration, and substance abuse.

Called to Adoption: A Christian's Guide to Answering the Call - Available as e-book or softcover, this comprehensive guide covers questions about finances, choosing an agency, international adoption, adoption from foster care, extended families, and much more that you may not have even thought to ask.

Ellen Stumbo - This blog by the mom of two special needs children, including one adopted, shares joys, challenges, and tips for the journey.

The cost of adoption presents an unfortunate barrier for many families.  "Both Hands" takes fundraising to a new level of ministry by linking potential adoptive families and pledging sponsors with widows who need service projects done around their home.   

Adoption myths vs. realities from AdoptUSKids

BraveLove - pro-adoption movement dedicated to honoring birth moms for their brave decision to place their child for adoption.

Highlands Maternity Home - Supporting young women through an unplanned pregnancy and the adoption process.

Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Adoption Laws by State

Citizenship and international adoption: Q & A from The Adoption Law Firm

Grants and interest-free loans through ABBA Fund

The Adoption Institute: Research reports, publications, and blogs about numerous facets of the adoption experience.  Helpful information for navigating the process; advocacy for policy development. 


Foster Care Resources:

Excellerate - Get inspired by this Florida program that equips foster teens with the skills they need to succeed and life in victory. Read an article about this program and its founder, "Remembering the Orphan," from PE News.

Approximately one-fourth of the children in the foster care system have an incarcerated parent. See Prison Fellowship's article, "Tips on How to Raise a Child with an Incarcerated Parent."

The Chaffee Foster Youth Independence Program: Funding for assistance to aging-out youth. Handled differently in different states, this program helps aging-out youth who are working or going to school as they transition to independence.

Foster Focus - magazine devoted to the joys and challenges of foster parenting

The Annie E. Casey Foundation: Equipping communities with child welfare resources

Ezrah's Hands: This California nonprofit serves and supports kinship foster families--siblings, grandparents, etc., who take in sibling groups because they are family, often without as many financial resources as a state agency placement might have. 

 

 Pro-life Resources:

. . . because sometimes the most vulnerable children in need of a loving home are those not yet born.

In PE News: Many women getting abortions or recovering from them self-identify as Christians and regularly attend church.  "The Abortion-Minded Woman in the Next Pew" discusses why women facing an unplanned pregnancy are not comfortable seeking help at church, and offers suggestions for opening the conversation and offering a caring environment. 

New resource page!
Be sure to check the resource page for helping women and couples facing unplanned pregnancies. We have researched and collected helpful materials about adoption, health issues, parenting, and much more.

 


 

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