When "safer at home" is NOT the case.
Over the past several weeks we have seen our lives completely change. Many of us are now working from home or waiting for the word to return to work. Others are working hard on the front lines. Everyone is adjusting to a steep learning curve with work, with school, with family, with life--all with the goal of protecting life.
I have heard from foster families who have seen greater connection with their foster youth, improved school work and relationship skills. Others have had to navigate the fear and frustration this dramatic change in life has triggered from foster children's past.
For frail families and vulnerable children, home may not be the type of haven you enjoy. Caregivers may be struggling with substance abuse or navigating job loss. Children, now at home being schooled, are vulnerable to increased tension in the home. The results can be devastating.
Across our country, our state, our community we have children in harms way who are no longer in contact with teachers and church ministries who keep a loving, watchful eye on them. Gone are the smiles, laughter, hugs and praise from a teacher or church youth leader. Utilizing technology to make up for these relationships helps, but ultimately is not the same.
Help us equip the church to raise up FOSTER FAMILIES to meet the increasing need as we move into the next several months. Right now prospective foster parents can take their classes ONLINE and some of the classes are self paced.
VOLUNTEER to serve on a care team or become the Church Champion for foster care ministry at your church. Local churches are needed to meet the needs of vulnerable children in our community and become the families for God to set the lonely within. Ps. 68:6.
GIVE to sustain Fostering Family as we prepare local churches to serve in foster care ministry, provide trauma informed training and participate with local and state children services agencies to improve our foster care system on behalf of children who need healing, hope and a future! #GIVINGTUESDAYbegins tonight at midnight to kick off our month long campaign. A gift of $25, $50, $100 or any amount supports foster children in need of safe homes.
Share with your church, friends and community. In honor of those in foster care, find a way to get involved. Our children need to be safer at home...a loving foster or kinship home in their own community.