Scripture calls us to care for the vulnerable. Except for a child in the womb, no one is more vulnerable than a child without a family.
Adoption and foster care represent a deeply meaningful journey, yet adoptive and foster families face unique stressors, including insecure attachment issues, trauma responses, and service agencies who don’t provide sufficient training or support.
How can you help?
Authors Jon and Dawn Stone are with us on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Foster Care: Making a Difference During the Formative Years” to share a concept called “missional fostering,” which includes coming alongside children as a church community and connecting families with the resources they need to raise their children to thrive.
The Stones discuss the following ideas on this program:
- Missional Fostering: What is it? Why if you’re pro-life, you should also be pro-adoption and pro-fostering.
- Amazing Grace: How grace through foster care reflects the heart of God.
- Redefining Your Wins and Losses: There are small things you can do to impact the lives of the foster children you encounter, from teaching them hygiene and home skills to helping them become emotionally stable.
- The Real Hero of the Story: Recognize that you aren’t the savior for your foster children. That role is for Christ alone.
Listen to my conversation with Jon and Dawn Stone on your local radio station, online, on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, via Google Podcasts, or take us with you on our free phone app.
The Stone’s book Missional Fostering: A Temporary Assignment, a Tremendous Cause, a Timeless Impact is available for a gift of any amount. For more information, click here or call 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).
While you’re online, spend a few minutes exploring our Wait No More ministry. We’ll help you discover what you can do to step into the life of a foster child in the name of Christ. For instance, we have a suitcase bundle available to children in foster care, many of whom go from home to home with all of their possessions in a trash bag. These suitcases bring dignity to foster children. They include an age-appropriate Bible, a teddy bear, and a handwritten note of encouragement from our staff here at Focus. Click here for more information.
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