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Fostering Hope

2018 in Review Part 1

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Dec 26, 2018 by Jonathan Reid

As we inch ever so much closer to a New Year (whew, what happened to 2018!), it’s a great time to begin looking back and celebrating a year of great progress. Over the next few posts, we will be sharing some of our successes. But first, let’s talk vision. 

Our big, generational vision is that every child in foster care has a family to care for them. We call this vision Project Zero because ZERO children in our communities should be waiting for such a family. Period. Full stop. Nothing else will suffice! We are called to love our neighbors; children in foster care are among the most vulnerable.

Project Zero may sound daunting but it is far from unachievable! In fact, the Christian community is uniquely compelled and equipped to help meet this need.

This being the case, we will achieve Project Zero by effectively mobilizing the Christian community to raise up and support foster and adoptive families by creating sustainable cultures of care within churches and networks of churches. 

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So, how are things progressing? While we have a long way to go, we are excited to report that God is stirring the Christian community to engage in significant and multi-faceted ways.

Fostering Hope is connected at some level with more than 70 churches in Massachusetts and Rhode Island alone. Many of these churches are taking serious steps to create sustainable cultures of foster and adoptive care ministry within their communities. Seeking to be “Foster Care Friendly Churches”, they are becoming places that are intentionally safe for and supportive of children in foster care and the families who serve them.

One of our networks in MA is Fostering Hope Merrimack Valley

In addition, networks of churches are starting to officially form as an effort to do more, together. Fostering Hope Merrimack Valley and Fostering Hope North Shore are two expressions of this collaboration not to mention that budding New England Foster Care and Adoptive Ministries (NEFAM) network It’s such a privilege to work with partner and catalyst churches and organizations. They are doing incredible things in their communities!

We are so excited to see God working and can hardly wait to see what he does in 2019! In our next update, we will continue our review of 2018.


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