A Calling to Care:
When people think of helping orphans, many immediately think of adoption. While that is one way to help, there are several other ways you can love and care for orphaned and vulnerable children. Each of us is called to respond to the Biblical command to care for these children, and we want to help equip you to do so!
Share the Vision. Not everyone is called to foster or adopt, but we can all do something! Through our Foster Care Initiative, you can serve on a Care Team in one of several roles that best fits your skill set and availability. Through bulletin announcements, compelling videos, a topical sermon, additional awareness events, extend the call to your church community to care for vulnerable children and consider becoming a CFLM Foster Care Initiative church! Click here to see if your church already has a Foster Care Ministry you can join.
Identify a Church Advocate. The success of this venture depends on identifying a strong champion of foster care from within your church whom CFLM will train and equip to assist in recruiting and training Care Teams.
Recruit and Train Your Care Teams. The Church Advocate will work with our Foster Care Initiative Coordinator to recruit and train church members who are willing to share the load of caring for one particular foster family.
Serve Alongside Your Foster Families. With a trained CFLM Church Advocate and Care Team Members, it's just a matter of time until new foster families and enthusiastic volunteers are ready to begin caring for foster children in your area!
SOME OF THE MANY CARE TEAM ROLES ARE:
- Providing meals to a foster family
- Bringing diapers, age appropriate clothes, or personal hygiene items for a child
- Helping with school supplies, birthdays, and Christmas gifts
- Getting approved to babysit or provide respite (overnight) care
- Helping tutor, mentor, or provide occasional transportation assistance for appointments
If you want to talk with CFLM staff on how to begin a Foster Care Ministry at your church, contact our Foster Care Initiative Coordinator Kelly Brooks!