The Church is the Answer
We can try to redefine the Need to fit within what we are willing to do as a Church. Or, we can simply ask God to help us meet the Need that actually exists.
Joy Meadows partners with a new church initiative called “Fostering Joy” that trains churches how to recruit new foster families; create a foster care ministry; and sustain foster families through volunteers in the church community. It also provides a way for churches to network together.
With the rising number of children in foster care, we have a generation of youth who will age out of the foster system who will never be part of a loving, stable family setting. Our current foster crisis will become a mental health crisis, homelessness crisis, and incarceration crisis. As a Church we can sit back and complain that the governmental “system” is broken. Or, we can realize exactly what it is – it is a system. It is a framework designed to manage the children who are in the state’s custody. It is the Church that is to come within that system and be the heart, the healing, and the hope.
NEXT STEPS FOR CHURCHES...
How do we engage the Church to live out the Gospel by providing help for our foster children? We have a unique opportunity to see revival through the birth of a foster care movement if only the Church will respond. For many churches foster care is an unknown world – but if we work together it doesn’t have to be. At Joy Meadows, we are partnering with a new initiative called “Fostering Joy” that teaches the church how to engage in foster care. Find out what are the “Next Steps.”
There are many questions to get started. What does it take to become a foster parent? What is required to be a volunteer? What agencies are out there? What kind of resources are available for my church? Or, you may have people in your church who have started fostering, but if we serve in isolation we do not have the power of a movement. How do you network and support your foster families? How do you network with other churches in your area? Through “Fostering Joy” we are creating a network of churches who are committed to foster care. Join the movement.