One of the biggest issues facing our own community is largely silent, but you don’t have to look too far to see that there’s a crisis in the foster care system. May is Foster Care Awareness Month, and all month long, you will be hearing more from us about how CFC continues to play a role in helping solve the foster care crisis. We are asking everyone who calls CFC home, to pray about fostering and commit to finding their fit.
If the Church’s primary goal is to love God and love people, what does it look like in both the global and local context? The Church often talks about caring for the orphan. Our church has done some beautiful things in this area, and for the next few weeks, we’re going to take some time and challenge ourselves to expand our view of what orphan care looks like.
“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” (James 1:27)
An issue rarely discussed and often misunderstood is foster care in the United States. As a result, the children are invisible. No one knows how to get involved, and the story doesn’t change.
We want you to learn about how our church – and each one of us in it – can be the solution to meeting foster care needs.
Foster care is a place where the Church can step in to help the child and family reconcile and reunite. And when that goal is not attainable, we as the Church can step in as adoptive parents. This is the gospel lived out.
That’s why we’re stepping bravely into the gap to assist in a statewide campaign with the governor, child welfare, and other churches, businesses, and influencers around our state. There are 12,000 children in our state system, and together we can show that whether through reunification or adoption – every child belongs in a family.
From fostering and adoption, to supporting foster, adoptive, birth and at-risk families, there are countless ways to get involved.
You’ll hear more each week, and soon we’ll be hosting a Next Steps event where you can learn more about your role in this movement. Not everyone is called to foster or adopt – but we are all called to care.
These kids deserve to be more than a statistic.
They deserve to have a face and a voice. And they deserve to be fought for.
Together we can answer God’s call to care for the vulnerable. To show them that they are brave, beautiful, and worthy of belonging. Please join us by praying for God to show you how He wants you to be an advocate for children in foster care.
If everyone can do something, would you pray about fostering and commit to finding your fit? Let's be used by God and live out James 1:27. We look forward to worshipping with you this weekend.