April 2019 Newsletter

EDUCATION NEWS

LEARNING TO CARE—UPCOMING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY

PROTECTING YOUR EDGES
On Monday, May 20th Pam Parish will join us for this year’s first Learning to Care workshop. Pam is a follower of Jesus Christ, and a wife for 24 years and counting. She is a mom of eight young women, and nana to four spunky grandchildren. Pam is a foster care and adoption advocate, author of the Ready or Not devotional series for foster and adoptive families, and the Founder and President of Connections Homes, an Atlanta-based organization working with young adults who have aged out of foster care, are homeless, or otherwise without family.

As parents the hardest thing to prioritize is ourselves. This is even harder for parents of children from hard places because the need-list grows longer every day and our needs are the first things to be put off or postponed until a "later" that never arrives. In this workshop, Pam will help us explore our "edges," those expectations, limits, and internal boundaries that exist in all of us. She will also discuss respecting our limits, freeing us to meet our children's needs from a place of strength.

WORKSHOP DETAILS
Monday, May 20, from 6 to 8 pm at Faith Presbyterian Church (Free childcare is available, but limited. Register soon!)

Register Here


ADOPTION SUPPORT NEWS

BOTH HANDS PROJECT 2019

We are just FIVE days away from our seventh annual Both Hands Project on Saturday, April 27. We will be working at NINE different homes throughout the community and we have over 160 volunteers ready to serve.

Our goal is to raise $100,000. Every dollar donated to our Both Hands Project funds our Adoption Assistance Grant. To date, we have awarded $432,960  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.

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

“Thank you, CFLM for advocating for the fatherless! We were speechless when we were notified that we had received a grant from CFLM! It was an incredible reminder that God is in every detail and that finances were not an obstacle for Him! We felt so humbled and grateful. We cannot imagine our lives without our beautiful girl!” - Adoption Grant Recipient

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

SERVING WITH CREATIVITY

As summer approaches we are excited about the many ways churches work faithfully to minister to children across Region V! We believe that everyone has a role to play in caring for vulnerable children and Journey Church in Walton County has shown us that age is no factor. On Wednesday nights, children at their church are given opportunities to earn "cash" and practice generosity by using those resources to purchase items to support local missions. Journey Kids graciously leveraged their resources to gift our Clothing Closet with basic items like diapers, underwear, and socks. Seemingly simple donations like this allow us to better serve foster families while creating awareness throughout our community. We are so grateful and know that foster families will be too!

If you would like to support child welfare in your community and incorporate a missions/service project into your children's programming this summer, please contact Jessi Williams.

March 2019 Newsletter

Education News

WHAT IS THE EMPOWERED TO CONNECT CONFERENCE?

The Empowered to Connect Conference features two days of practical teaching in a safe and supportive community as we work to equip families, churches, and professionals to better serve children impacted by adoption and foster care. This year’s conference includes Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) methods developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, which exists to bring attachment and connection in families.

CONFERENCE DETAILS

April 5-6 10 am-6 pm at Watkinsville First Baptist Church in the Youth Room

REGISTRATION

Register Here

WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE CONFERENCE?

The conference content is beneficial for adoptive parents, foster parents, potential adoptive or foster parents, and professionals or ministry leaders serving children.

WILL CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS BE AVAILABLE?

Yes! Continuing education credits are available for both adoptive and foster parents, as well as professionals. Foster and adoptive parents will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of each day. Attendees are responsible for providing the certificate to their agency, and it is at the agency’s discretion whether or not to count participation toward training credits. To be eligible with your agency to receive training credits, each participant will need to turn in to their agency a copy of each certificate and it is beneficial to also provide them the schedule of the conference.

All professionals interested in receiving continuing education credit must register through this siteYou will not be eligible for credit without a confirmation of registration. Continuing education is for licensed professionals only and is not the same as adoptive/foster training credits.

WILL CHILDCARE BE PROVIDED?

No, unfortunately childcare will not be provided. Please make arrangements for your children off-site.

WHAT ARE THE FEES TO ATTEND THIS CONFERENCE?

The simulcast is free for foster and adoptive parents (or those considering fostering or adopting). There is a $5 charge per day for professionals.


Adoption Support News

BOTH HANDS PROJECT 2019

In just a few short weeks, Chosen for Life Ministries will host its seventh annual Both Hands Project. This year’s Both Hands Project will take place on Saturday, April 27.

Our Both Hands Project is pretty simple. Local volunteers send support letters to raise funds through event sponsorship for working for one day at the home of a widow in our community. On average, volunteers raise $78,715.  Businesses in our community support the day with in-kind donations of materials and financial sponsorship. With the help of local businesses, our day of event costs are covered.

Every dollar donated to our Both Hands Project goes directly to helping Georgia families adopt through our Adoption Assistance Grant. Average adoption expenses exceed $40,000 and we know that the financial expense is the number one reason people list for not adopting. We want to help eliminate financial barriers to adoption.

HOW CAN I HELP?

There are many opportunities to join us and take part in the day. If you are interested in serving, please contact us. We would love to have you, your family, or your small group join us for the day! If your business would like to sponsor the day, we would love to speak with you about sponsorship options and have your company join us in this effort to care for orphaned and vulnerable children and support adopting families in Georgia.

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

COMPASSIONATE LISTENING

We are so excited to share about this new ministry opportunity. Compassionate Listening, has successfully launched and is already in its third week. Each Tuesday, volunteers go to a new "retreat room" at the Clarke County DFCS office to listen to case workers share. 

Last summer, the Clarke County DFCS Director approached CFLM with the idea that the community could partner with DFCS by providing active listening and encouragement. Kelly Brooks worked with Lifeline Children’s Services staff to create a volunteer orientation to ensure that volunteers felt equipped for this role. CFLM identified a church liaison who helped to recruit volunteers to join us. Volunteers participated in an orientation on basic child welfare concepts and some guidelines to follow. DFCS identified a room that could be used.

With financial provision given by local middle school and high school students at the recent The Mix weekend, we were able to transform this room into a warm and inviting space. We feel that it is clear that our Father has been leading and guiding this endeavor from day one, and He has richly blessed our efforts.

Our prayer is that this would be a space where DFCS caseworkers, who are dealing with so many hard things each day, might be able to simply catch their breath, refocus, and pray. We hope that this room is a space where DFCS staff will want to sit to be reminded that the work they are doing is valuable and that people in their community want to support them in this work.