A Seed Planted
Jan 28, 2013 by fosteringhope
25,000 New England children spent last night in U.S. foster care. These 25,000 children did not choose this path. They did not ask to be neglected or abused. They did not request to be pulled from the only family structure they know. They did not ask to be bounced from foster home to foster home. They did not book a getaway at a group home. And yet, there they are-afraid; insecure; trying to make sense of what is happening to them.
Sadly, these children have little to no voice. In large part, they are at the mercy of the choices that other people make. Will their biological parents take the steps necessary to ensure reunification? Will their social worker advocate well for them? Will there be a committed and compassionate family willing and able to care for them temporarily? Adopt them, if necessary? Who will defend their cause?
The Scriptures compel people of faith to rise to such an occasion. For example, hear the words of wisdom in Proverbs 31:8-9:
“Speak up for those who have no voice, for the justice of all who are dispossessed. Speak up, judge righteously, and defend the cause of the oppressed and needy.” (HCSB)
There you have it-a clear, concise, and indisputable call for Christian engagement on behalf of the oppressed. Surely, if any group fits into this category, it is the children in foster care.
Members of the local church community can and must act. We must defend the most innocent and vulnerable among us. We must work together to offer these children authentic hope. And so we launch Fostering Hope New England, a tiny seed planted in a foster world of difficulty. Lord willing, this seed, watered with much prayer, love and grace, will one day bear the fruit of changed lives and transformed futures.