Fostering FuturesMay 20, 2016
There are approximately 10,000 churches in Virginia.
Right now, according to the Christian Alliance for Orphans, there are approximately 1,500 kids in foster care that need a permanent family.
That means, if a single family in one in six churches Virginia adopted one child out of Virginia’s foster care system, there would be more families asking for a child than there are children in foster care awaiting adoption.
Think about that for a moment.
Frankly, if just the churches on The Family Foundation’s email list had a family that adopted a foster child in need of a forever family, there would be no kids left in need of a home!
James tells us that, “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” What better way to fulfil the first half of James’s statement than to adopt an orphan or child who needs a family?
Unfortunately, too many kids in Virginia “age out” of the system at age 18 without a stable, forever family. Those kids have already been through some kind of serious trauma and face overwhelming odds. This year, we were thrilled that the General Assembly – after several years of effort by groups across the political spectrum – joined a federal program called “Fostering Futures” that provides housing assistance and support for kids who age out and are either in school or working.
Sadly, until now, far too many of these kids have ended up homeless or incarcerated, costing the state far more than the Fostering Futures program. Indeed, this is a worthy investment in the future of kids who need extra assistance. We were honored to support this effort and are pleased the General Assembly acted.
Still, the best way to provide for these kids is to ensure they have a loving family before they reach age 18!
Are you a family that would make great adoptive family for a child who has none? I encourage you to pray about and consider adopting. If you would like more information on adopting a foster care child, please contact us! We will connect you with someone who can explain the process to you.
The month of May is “Foster Care Awareness Month.” Perhaps you could be a foster family for a child in crisis? We’re happy to connect you with those who can help in this as well.
Imagine for a moment being a part of a movement that provides a family for every child in Virginia’s foster care system that is eligible for adoption! I hope and pray that some of you who are reading this email will make that a reality.