Foster and Adoption Response
As we go through the “Home” series, I have been challenged multiple times in how I can be serving and glorifying God with my home, and through the relationships in my home. Despite my desire to have my home be a space of Refuge for my family, I very often fall short. Praise God for forgiveness and grace, both in my relationship with the Lord and the one with my husband. But as we grow and seek “shalom in our home” I constantly am reminded of those without a refuge home; especially children that don’t have a safe place to thrive in. I long to see the day when each home is being discipled in righteousness, but the sad reality is while many of us have good examples and hear week after week ways that we can grow and change, many people never have those experiences. I have a huge heart to see families reconciled, and for parents to have a chance to wake-up, get better, and have a second chance to love their children appropriately.
In 2013 in Yavapai County alone, 426 children were removed from their homes and moved in alternative placements, while the state works to do just that; help parents get to a place where they can provide a safe home for their children. But while the parents get better, there is a huge need for selfless, loving homes to open up and give the children a place to heal and grow as well. And those children need people to love them and advocate for them. And those foster families need the support of their family, friends, church and community to take on this huge task.
There are so many opportunities for us to be a solution to this problem. You could donate funds, commit to being a Big Brother or Big Sister to one of these children, open up your home to be a foster family, offer to provide respite care occasionally so that foster families can have a break, become a CASA volunteer, maybe your gift is prayer and you can offer up your prayers for all of the people involved. I guess what I’m trying to say is that we can all do something, big or small, to help make our community a safer place for its children.
If any of these things tug at your heart, or if you want to learn more, please join us on March 25 at 6:30 at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University's Haas Chapel for an informational meeting. Many organizations and foster licensing agencies will be represented so you will be able to get a good overview of the needs and responses.