July 2019 Newsletter

EDUCATION NEWS

SAVE THE DATE: 2020 CHOOSING TO CARE ADOPTION AND FOSTER CARE CONFERENCE

We are excited to announce that our 2020 Choosing to Care Conference will be held on Saturday, February 1, at Prince Avenue Baptist Church from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dr. Sharen Ford will be joining us as our speaker for main session, and as always we will offer breakouts covering various topics related to adoption and foster care, allowing you to customize your experience to best meet your needs.

Dr. Sharen Ford is the program director for Focus on the Family’s adoption and orphan care efforts. She helps raise awareness of the need for adoptive families to provide loving and stable homes for the more than 100,000 waiting children in the U.S. foster care system. She also makes post-placement resources available for adoptive families.

Ford has spoken at a variety of conferences on adoption and orphan care issues including the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) annual conference, Bethany Christian Services’ annual conference, the White House Conference on Adoption and the Federal Children’s Bureau Child Welfare Conference.

Please save the date and make plans to join us. As always, this is a free event, and free (but limited) childcare will be available. Registration will open later this fall. We look forward to serving you and your family at conference in 2020!

 

ADOPTION SUPPORT NEWS

NEW ADOPTIVE PARENT GATHERINGS

Chosen for Life Ministries began as a small group of couples who met in the living room of our Chair and Vice Chairwoman of the Board to discuss and address the need for resources and support for adoptive parents in our community. In the past, this support for adoptive families primarily came in the form of financial support through our Adoption Assistance Grant. However, we have always believed that the adoption journey does not end when you welcome your son or daughter home; the journey is just beginning.

With that in mind, CFLM is excited to begin offering additional forms of support for adoptive families. This fall we will be offering monthly Adoptive Parent Gatherings. These informal evenings will provide an opportunity for local adoptive parents to find community and share with one another. Adoptive Parents Gatherings will occur on the fourth Monday of each month, beginning Monday, August 26. To register, follow this link.

 

FOSTER CARE NEWS

CREATIVE WAYS TO SERVE IN FOSTER CARE

We so encouraged when local churches find ways to serve and love the foster care community. This summer two local churches found opportunities to through Vacation Bible School. Faith Presbyterian and Redeemer Presbyterian saw the opportunity that VBS provided and chose to talk to the kids about the value of our local DFCS staff and what they do for kids. Both groups made gifts and cards for our Compassionate Listening team.

Once Resurrection Presbyterian heard about the Compassionate Listening ministry, they asked if they could send a gift or snack once a month with the volunteers to encourage the local DFCS staff. We are so encouraged by the creative ways that churches find to engage in caring for vulnerable children and the people who serve them.

If you are interested in helping your church find a way to serve the foster care community and share Christ’s love, contact us. We would love to help you. If your church is located in Clarke or Oconee county, contact Kelly Brooks. If your church is in Region 5, but not in Clarke or Oconee county, contact Jessi Williams.

June Newsletter

EDUCATION NEWS

REGISTER TODAY—UPCOMING LEARNING TO CARE

INSIDE THE MIND OF A CHILD WITH TRAUMA AND DISRUPTED ATTACHMENT

Spots are still available for our next Learning to Care Workshop. On Monday, July 15th, Angela Mains, MA, LPC, and Registered Play Therapist will join us for our next workshop. Angela currently leads the counseling program at Lifeline Children’s Services.

When encountering a child who has been traumatized and has experienced compromised attachment, parents and professionals are often baffled by the seemingly bizarre behavior that follows movement to a new home. It can feel as if children who have been neglected and abused find ways to sabotage good placements. They may rage, steal, lie, remain detached, and so much more. What is going through their minds? What motivates their behavior? Come to gain understanding.

WORKSHOP DETAILS

Monday, July 15, from 6 to 8 pm at Faith Presbyterian Church (Free childcare is available, but limited. Register soon!)

Register Here

SAVE THE DATE

We are pleased to announce that our next Choosing to Care Conference will be Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Prince Avenue Baptist Church! Save the date, and make plans to join us for one of our favorite days of the year.

ADOPTION SUPPORT NEWS

WRAPPING UP OUR BOTH HANDS PROJECT

Our goal is to raise $100,000. Every dollar donated to our Both Hands Project funds our Adoption Assistance Grant. To date, we have raised $76,247 this year to help Georgia families with their adoption expenses. We want to help eliminate financial barriers to adoption so that more waiting children will come home to their forever families. Our giving period is coming to an end soon…how can you help us meet our goal?

HOW CAN I HELP?
Every dollar makes a difference to these adopting families. Each family is always so thankful for the financial support!

If you would like to make a donation to our Both Hands Project, you can do so in one of the following two ways:

  1. Mail a check. Please make your check payable to Both Hands and indicate CFLM 2019 on the memo line.
    Both Hands Foundation
    PO Box 2713
    Brentwood TN 37024

  2. Give online. Visit bothhands.org/chosenforlife2019 to donate online.

Please note: Your money is donated to Both Hands Foundation and they graciously manage all the finances for our event and pray for and encourage us, all at no cost. When the event is over, Both Hands Foundation sends 100% of the money raised to CFLM, so feel confident that 100% of your donation goes directly to helping Georgia families adopt. Donations may also be made online. Both Hands Foundation and Chosen for Life Ministries are approved 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. Your donation is tax deductible. Both Hands Foundation and Chosen for Life Ministries are members of the Evangelic Center for Financial Accountability.

FOSTER CARE NEWS

REUNIFICATION MONTH

June is National Reunification Month. Reunification occurs when children and youth in foster care are able to return into the custody of their biological parents. Although adoption tends to be highlighted as a common outcome for children in care, the primary and preferred permanency goal is reunification with parents. National Reunification Month is about recognizing the people and efforts that help families to stay together.

With that in mind, on Monday, June 10, Children First and Home in 5 hosted a Declaration and Celebration event at the Athens-Clarke County City Hall. Mayor Kelly Girtz, Juvenile Court Judge Robin Shearer, Clarke County DFCS Director Mary Barrett all spoke along with parents who have worked to bring their children home safely and successfully reunified. The goal of the event was to officially declare June as Reunification Month in Athens-Clarke County and to celebrate families who overcome many challenges to work bring their children back home.

You can watch a video of the event and view photos provided by Children First, Inc.