Mike Brown is the Director of Development and Programs at Fostering Hope. Mike and his wife Karen had talked about the possibility of being foster or adoptive parents from early on in their marriage. Loving and welcoming kids in foster care into their home seemed to be such a tangible expression of their faith. In 2005, they relocated from the Chicago area to help start REUNION Christian Church in Boston. 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. The Browns realized, as they were waiting for the time to feel just right, kids who needed a safe and loving home were being bounced around homes, placed in group homes or waiting for placements and adoptions. In 2016 they became licensed foster parents and since then have had many youth in foster care in their home. In the Fall of 2019, they had the privilege of adopting their youngest son.
The Browns experience with foster care led them to step away from their roles on staff at Reunion Church in order to find new ways to respond to the foster care need. Mike is excited to help Fostering Hope work with churches to create sustainable cultures of ministry to the foster care community. He is particularly excited by our generational vision to reduce the number of waiting youth to ZERO.