There will be a special guest at Focus’ Wait No More event in Shepherdsville, Kentucky on Nov. 12.
Linkin’ Bridge, the vocal group who made it to the finals in America’s Got Talent’s 11th season earlier this year, will be performing for the 800 attendees looking to learn more about – and possibly start – the process from adoption from foster care.
If you’re not familiar with the group, watch their America’s Got Talent audition:
Foster care is certainly an issue that touches the band directly, as singer Shon China Lacy spent time in the system when he was 7 years old and his mother was in prison.
Thankfully, China’s mother was able to get her life back on track – and mother and son were able to be reunited. Reunification is the hoped-for goal of foster care.
But that’s not always the reality.
Sometimes, tragically, moms and dads die and there are no family members able to care for the children they leave behind. Other times, circumstances are such that parental rights are terminated and their children – even entire sibling groups – are declared legal orphans in need of a loving family and home.
Did you know that, across the nation, there are about 107,900 children in the U.S. foster care system waiting to be adopted?
That’s a staggering number – larger than the population of Boulder, Colorado.
But here’s another “big” number: General estimates put the number of evangelical Christians in our country between 90 to 100 million.
And that’s why Focus’ Wait No More exists.
We want these Bible-believing Christians to have the knowledge, resources, and connections they need to consider adoption from foster care. And to those who ultimately aren’t called to adopt, at Wait No More they can learn how to live out the biblical mandate to care for the orphan by providing support and respite to adoptive families.
It’s a timely message to share during this, National Adoption Month. It’s one I hope you’ll consider and share.
And if you’re able to make it to Wait No More’s Kentucky event on Nov. 12, I hope you’ll consider making the trip. I think you’ll see that the time investment and effort will be well worth your time.
Agency and county representatives will also be on-site to answer questions and help families begin the adoption process. It’s an event that enjoys the support of adoption advocates – and adoptive parents – Gov. Matt Bevin and his wife.
“Matt and I are passionate about finding families for children without homes,” said the first lady. “We are excited to partner with Focus on the Family for the Wait No More event. It is my hope Kentuckians will be the hands and feet of Christ, opening their hearts so every child in Kentucky can have a forever family.”
So here at Focus, we’re praying and hoping that Kentucky’s more than 6,500 churches will heed the call to help the approximately 8,000 waiting kids in the state’s foster care system.
“God has given Christians clear commands to care for orphans,” said Kelly Rosati, who adopted her four children from foster care and serves as vice president of Community Outreach at Focus on the Family. “Many of these kids are dealing with feelings of rejection, fear, and mistrust, and we want to shine the light of God’s love to them through adoption.”
So please come if you can – or tell your Kentucky and area friends about our Shepherdsville event. It’s scheduled for Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Eastern time at Little Flock Baptist Church, located at 5510 N. Preston Highway in Shepherdsville. No admission costs are involved. However, because conference-related materials will be offered, pre-registration is strongly preferred.
For more information or to register, visit http://icareaboutorphans.org/kentucky/ or call 1-800-A-FAMILY.