MAY IS FOSTER CARE AWARENESS MONTH
If you're looking for a meaningful project that will serve workers on the frontline, please consider supporting foster care workers during the month of May! May is Foster Care Awareness month and the demands on foster care workers are anticipated to increase as the Covid-19 quarantine remains in effect.
Ways to support:
- -Donating/creating Masks and other supplies -- cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, masks -- all needed by social workers. They are working hard, are on the front line and appreciate any assistance. Additionally, many of the families they support are in need of masks as well.
- -Boxes - Virginia Kids Belong can use medium and large size boxes for wave 2 of foster care survival kit distribution. If you have boxes of this size, please email Julie Gassaway at Julie@vakidsbelong.org.
- Handwritten notes of encouragement to foster families. Many families have placements at this time and as you can imagine, it's an additional strain on the household dynamic. Notes from the Church at this time are extremely encouraging!
And if you're considering going a little deeper here are some dates to put in your calendar:
- May 12: Fostering Hope has the last meeting of the spring by Zoom - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/93122051221 - 7:30-8:30. Robert Day is the "keynote" guest! All are welcome to join! Robert was in 35+ foster care placements as a child, but despite those odds managed to graduate high school. He is now the CEO of Patrick Henry Family Services an organization that provides support to vulnerable children in South Central Virginia. His book "Worse of Mothers, best of Moms" is a must-read for any parent!
- May 13: Henrico Department of Social Services Foster Parent Information Session - will be virtual! 6:00-8:00pm by WebEx. Link below and be sure to download WebEx if you haven't used it yet. This session is for those interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent. https://henrico.webex.com/henrico/j.php?MTID=m9dd4df6fd6c18f194461aa7a3b3c6f0e
- May 21: Foster Parent Info Session!! This session is hosted by Ubuntu Family. The plan is for 2 Zoom sessions - 12:00-1:00pm and 8:00-9:00pm. A discussion about what it means to help via a wrap around team with Ubuntu Family Ministries.
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