Mike Brown Joins Fostering Hope
Jan 22, 2018 by Jonathan Reid
We are excited to announce the addition of Mike Brown to the Fostering Hope team. Mike will be joining Fostering Hope as Director of Development and Programs. Mike currently resides in Malden, Ma with his wife Karen, their three children, and one foster son. See below for more information about Mike’s path to Fostering Hope!
Mike and Karen had talked about the possibility of being foster or adoptive parents from early on in their marriage. Their hearts broke for these families and kids whose homes and lives were thrown into chaos. Loving and welcoming foster youth into their home seemed to be a tangible expression of their faith.
The Browns moved from the suburbs of Chicago in 2005 to help start REUNION Christian Church in Boston with dear friends. As the church and their family grew, the foster care conversation remained on hold. With three biological children and the busyness of planting a church, the timing never felt right.
As they were waiting for the time to “feel just right”, the Browns realized that many of the children who needed safe and loving families were being bounced around homes, placed in group homes or waiting for placements and adoptions.
So, in February 2016 they began the process of becoming certified as foster parents and of discovering how much they didn’t know about foster care! Mike and Karen have had eight kids in their home since, including a boy who is currently in long-term care who they intend to adopt if he needs an adoptive family.
God began to work through their foster story in amazing ways. A problem that once seemed too big and complex became the individual names and faces of the children they were holding. As they learned more about the need, interacted with birth families, heard stories of heartbreak and hope, and saw kids thrive in safe and supported families, Mike and Karen both felt led to step away from their roles on staff at the church to find new ways to respond to the foster care crisis.
As they considered what was next for their family, Mike heard about Fostering Hope. He was immediately compelled by the vision of working with churches and networks of churches to create sustainable foster care cultures that could have a generational impact. Contributing to the vision seemed like a perfect fit in light of their experience with the local church and their heart for the foster youth. Mike could not be more excited to help mobilize the church to reverse the foster care and adoptive waitlists.