Equipped to Love - Supporting Adoptive and Foster Families in the Church

Equipped to Love is a resource to help family and friends support the adoptive and foster families in their church. Because God’s people have stepped out in obedience we have many children in our churches who come into our churches from foster care and through adoption. Churches want to support these children and families well.

Often, children who have experienced neglect, abuse, and trauma have challenges and differences that can cause them to not fit well in many of our traditional church programs and settings. The Equipped to Love training curriculum is designed to help individuals learn how to understand the needs of these families and provide them with practical support. Topics in this training include: caring for families, interacting appropriately with children with compromised beginnings of life, demonstrating sensitivity for adoptive and foster parents, understanding the unique needs of children from hard places, exhibiting language sensitivity, and managing challenging behavior.

To register for access to these resources click this link.


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National church ministry initiative

The Christian Alliance for Orphans has a National Church Ministry Initiative that exists to motivate, equip and connect local churches nationwide in their efforts to grow effective and sustainable orphan care, foster care and adoption ministries.

Click here for more of the resources they have to offer.


orphan sunday - november 11, 2018

On Orphan Sunday, Christians stand for the orphan. We are a people called to defend the fatherless…to care for the child who has no family…to visit orphans in their distress. Each event is locally-led. Sermons and small groups, concerts and prayer gatherings, shared meals and youth activities—each rousing believers with God’s call to care for the orphan and what we can do in response.

Click here for resources your church can use this November!


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WANT TO BUILD A CULTURE OF ORPHAN CARE IN YOUR CHURCH?

This resource from Jason Johnson explores why we don’t simply want to lead a peripheral orphan care ministry that a few people in our church are involved with, but rather want to work towards establishing a culture of orphan care that everyone in our church has a role to play in. It highlights key principles to consider and provides practical tools, real-life models and implementable “next steps” for you and your leadership team.

Click here to download this resource to help your church's orphan care ministry.