Caring Enough to Foster

Do you have extra room in your home?  How about in your heart?  Have you ever considered foster care?  When children are removed from their home, usually through no fault of their own, they most often are placed in a foster home.  Usually due to abuse or neglect, the child’s parents are unable to meet their safety needs.  Trained foster parents care for the children and work with the biological family as well as case workers, therapists, and medical professionals to follow the case plan and if possible, support the goal of reintegration.  If that isn’t possible or safe for the child a foster family might care for the child until an adoptive placement is found.

This weekend we have the pleasure of providing respite for another foster family.  We have a sibling group of two girls and one boy staying with us.  They are amazing kids.  They are near my own children’s ages, so it has been like a play date all weekend.  When my husband and I talked to our children about becoming a licensed foster care provider we discussed details like sharing our attention, their space and their toys.  They had questions but were excited to help.  It isn’t a decision to take lightly, but it’s what we feel called to do.  James 1:27 states that, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

To find out more click here for a foster care resource list or make an appointment with someone from your local agency.