Calvary Church is has developed a network of people who have a heart for children in care or adoption. We would like to provide guidance and support as you walk down this incredibly rewarding path. Our hope is that you begin to see the face of Christ in each of these children.
You can become involved in many different ways—from cooking meals for families to opening your home to an orphan. Regardless of how you choose to serve the orphan, we want to help you do it well. We believe that no one should be in this alone.
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A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling. (Psalm: 68:5)
Foster Care: Foster families provide a temporary safe haven for children who have been placed in DCFS care by the local court. The aim of foster care is to provide a substitute family life experience for the children in need so that they can enjoy a healthy home and community experience. Children under foster care service will stay with the foster family for an average of a few months to two years. Many foster families foster to adopt, as well. Foster parenting requires state training and licensing. All training and licensing are paid for by the state and are of no cost to the applicant. Many great organizations and ministries are available to support and encourage you through this journey
Adoption: Over 18 million children (domestically and internationally) need a forever family, and the church has an amazing opportunity to demonstrate the Gospel by adopting children into healthy, God-centered families. Taking a child who has no hope into your family to become a cherished son or daughter through adoption is a lifetime commitment. There are many great agencies and organizations available to support and encourage you through this journey.
Safe Families: An alternative to the state foster care system, Safe Families for Children offers sanctuary to children whose families are in crisis, minimizing the risk for abuse or neglect and giving parents the time they need to help their families thrive. If you choose to participate as a Safe Family, you will be housing a child or children in your home for a specified length of time. This an all-volunteer alternative to the foster system and is a great way to help prevent children from entering foster care. People who volunteer for this organization can provide temporary homes, support host families and/or aid birth families. Application and training are required (provided by the Safe Families Ministries).
Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you ... does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? (James 2:15-16)
If God isn’t leading you to open your home, you can still make a big difference by helping to provide for the everyday needs of those who are walking through foster care or adoption. Consider household chores, yard work, shopping, giving rides, babysitting, etc. You can also put your professional skills to use—from haircuts to orthodontics to car repair.
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. (I Thessalonians 5:14)
We have resources that can support you and/or the child(ren) that you are helping. Many families in our church community are already walking the adventurous road of adoption and foster care. They would love to come alongside you as you consider the same path. These families can support you with their care, knowledge and inspiration along the way.
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)
Partner with us through prayer as we set out to bring hope and healing to the orphan and provide support for those who are answering the call. The needs are too overwhelming, the resources are too limited and the time is too critical to rely on our own resources. We need God. He loves the orphans more than we do. As a prayer partner, you’ll receive emails about the network’s activity and be able to pray as God leads you for the ongoing needs.
by Lynne Liptak
May 17, 2015
Little Boy tucks his small hands under my arms against the chill in the air as I carry him through the April morning. He is young and dependent on me for his safety, sustenance and bedtime stories. He points out every school bus we pass as we’re driving, every cement truck, every red car, every white truck. He loves dinosaurs almost as much as he loves oatmeal for breakfast. He comes out of his morning bath with his hair dripping curls. He’s learning to put on his socks and shoes and is having remarkable success for one so young. He’s a determined climber on the playground, tackling structures meant for a much older child and making his way to the top while I shudder from below at his precarious moves. He listens intently as we sing, “Jesus Loves Me,” each night before bed.
I know these things about him, but Little Boy is not my little boy. He is with our family for only a few weeks. We are caring for him through an organization called Safe Families while his mother makes an effort to get a fresh start, secure housing and start a new job. What this brave woman is doing is not easy. She calls every day to check in with me and chat with him (as much as one can chat with a toddler over the phone). I put the phone on speaker and tickle him so his mama can hear his giggle. I encourage her, telling her how smart he is and what a good job she has done with her boy.
When we first got the call asking if we would be willing to take Little Boy for a few weeks, I texted my husband to see what he thought. His response? “We didn’t get approved by Safe Families just to get a fancy letter ...” He was right, of course. We had spent several months filling out an application and getting personal references, fingerprints and background checks. Why? Not to get an official letter in the mail but to take one small step toward children in crisis—to be able to care for these little ones who need a safe place to stay while life is in turmoil for one reason or another.
So Little Boy is with us, folded into our family for a time. Are we solving his mother’s troubles? Are we securing his future success? Are we earning ourselves a gold star? No, no and no. We can’t fix anything long-term for this troubled family. We can’t ensure that Little Boy makes it through school or gets a great job. We certainly can’t gain anything for ourselves. But we have been given a brief opportunity to serve another life—a life that is made in the image of Jesus. We can love him just for these few weeks, this day, these moments that he is part of us.
“We cannot do great things, only small things with great love.” —Mother Teresa
Calvary Church supports National Foster Care Month. Visit our Orphan Care page to find out how you can make a difference.