God's Word is clear on His heart for the orphan. And we love God's Word!
On November 11, Gayton will be participating in an event known around the world as Stand Sunday. The day is globally recognized as the day that churches recognize their support for vulnerable children. This also represents the day that Gayton will officially kick off our Adoption and Foster Care Ministry. At Gayton we want to W.R.A.P. around all of those involved in the foster and adoption care process. WRAP is an acronym that stands for Wholistic care, Recruitment, All together, and Pray.
Our mission is to combine the efforts of the many great people who are doing work in the field of foster and adoption care. If you are a service care provider with a various range of needs, we pray that you’ll find value in our site. If you are a church searching for ways to involve your body in transformative, Biblically-based service in your community, we pray that you will find value in our site. If you are a family who’s considering adoption or fostering, we pray that you find value in our site. If you are a mother or father who’re faced with the decision to enter your child in foster care or terminate your rights, we pray that you will find value in our sight.
Service providers are encouraged to submit your specific needs. There are a litany of care providers who are doing necessary and important work. You may suffer a deficit of volunteers, funding, or lack of awareness. We want you to share your needs with us. Our connection of churches will rally together to provide you with support.
Churches are not only encouraged, but we’re mandated by the Word of God to “Look after orphans” (James 1:27 NIV). I speak with hundreds of church members a year who are seeking ways to ‘get involved’. Work in foster and adoption care is a tremendous way to encourage your body to truly live out the great commission of Jesus.
Families who are wondering what it really takes to adopt or foster will have access to a community of people who can share what life is actually like. Additionally, we will have access to many resources from service providers, conferences and support groups. We also have access to resources for biological parents who’ve had to place their child(ren) in foster care or have had to terminate rights.
Since God loves everyone, we have to love everyone. Because what we do to the least of those on Earth, we have done to the Son.
Check out the list of agencies, nonprofits, and churches working to help vulnerable children
Below is a growing list of public and private agencies through which one can foster or adopt. Click on the link to see which provider best fit your strengths.
Adoption and Surrogacy Law Center
These are a few of the churches in the area that have vibrant foster and adoption care ministries. Stay tuned as I'm sure this list will surely grow!
These nonprofits are doing great work for the fatherless in our community.
RVA Orphan Coalition