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Fostering Hope

2018 in Review Part 3

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Jan 3, 2019 by Jonathan Reid

Our mission is to raise up and support foster and adoptive families until every child in foster care has a family to care for them. We accomplish this by helping churches and networks of churches create sustainable cultures of foster and adoptive care ministry. While close to 40% of practicing Christians have considered foster care or adoption, only 4-5% have actually done it! We know that fostering or adopting is a big step so part of our strategy is to create cultures that provide multiple opportunities for people to engage.

This post will focus on opportunities to engage the foster care community through service projects of various kinds. Service projects meet tangible needs while building bridges of trust.

Our primary objective is to partner with other great organizations such as The Forgotten Initiative, The Foster Box, and Fostering Care (to name just a few), who provide opportunities to engage at this level. Rather than recreate the wheel, we want to work with organizations that are already doing great work in this area. 

Churches are working together to do some incredible things. Examples:

  • Providing snack packs for social workers to use as they transport children
  • Hosting MAPP classes and providing lunch and childcare
  • Renovating DCF visitation rooms at local DCF offices (special shout out Merrimack Valley Fostering Hope and Suzanne Van de Visser for sponsoring 10 rooms! See one set of before/after pics below.)
  • Organizing and sponsoring foster family and social worker appreciation events
  • Partnering and volunteering at events for children and youth in foster care
  • Inviting the foster care community into church-sponsored events such as back-to-school fairs and trunk-or-treats
  • And more…!
Before and after DCF room makeover.

One last example…winter coats! We had over 500 coats donated for kids in foster care. We were excited to distribute these coats through three community organizations with which we partner, as well as DCYF RI and DCF MA. Thanks to everyone who donated coats. A special thanks to Becky and Ruthie at Grace Community Chapel for overseeing the sorting of coats at their church location! Thanks to all who helped provide warm coats!

Winter Coat Collection 2018

We are so thankful for our many partners who have made 2018 a successful year. They are doing incredible things! Most of all, we are thankful to God for His grace and provision. He is moving in powerful ways to “set the lonely in families” (Ps. 68:6) and deserves much praise. We are humbled and honored to be one small part!

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