It all started when...

As foster children's lives are impacted through Joy Meadows in the coming years, we can't wait to say, "It all started when....".  We are SO thankful that the journey of Joy Meadows has begun.  You can be a part of the very beginning!  In the coming months, we have several different events scheduled to get the word out about the vision of Joy Meadows.  We need your help!  Check out our events below:



Interested in being a foster parent? We are hosting the upcoming TIPS-MAPP training that is required to become a licensed foster family or respite family in the State of Kansas. It is typically a 10-week course but we will have the new 2-weekend option! The class is free.

The class will be Sat., Jan. 12th (9am-5pm), Sunday, Jan. 13th (1-5 p.m.); and Sat., Jan. 26th (9am-5pm), Sunday, Jan. 27th (1-5 p.m.). Gracepoint Church, 5425 Martindale Dr., Shawnee, KS.


ADVOCATE TRAINING CLINIC. Envisioning, Establishing and Equipping your Foster Care Ministry to thrive within your local church is facilitated through the training presented at our Fostering Joy Church Advocate Clinic. Topics at the Advocate Clinic include: Roles Your Church Can Fulfill, Creating Awareness, Forming and Launching Care Communities, and Working with Public and Private Agencies. The Advocate Clinic is taught by trainers from Live the Promise/Promise 686 in Georgia which has been effective in numerous states across the country.

Come to this clinic for a full training! Once you attend the Clinic your Foster Care Ministry can utilize our online Advocate Portal as well as a variety of online trouble-shooting tutorials. Unlimited access to the Advocate Portal ensures Advocates will always have the most up-to-date materials and training available to grow their ministry. We also offer subsequent coaching in the months following the Clinic.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 2nd, 9:00-4:30 p.m., host location is Westside Family Church in Lenexa, KS.


  • $100 per registrant for Advocate Leader

  • Group discount of 2 or more ($80.00) per person

  • Group discount of 3 or more ($75.00) per person

  • Late Registration is $125 per person after January 27th

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Building Joy Gala

Save the date! Our first annual "Building Joy Gala" will be on November 10th at the beautiful Oread Hotel. Buy your ticket HERE now! Have a business or organization? You can be a table sponsor.


Spread the Word...

We would love to speak to your church or organization about the foster care needs in Kansas, how to get involved, or about Joy Meadows specifically. For questions or scheduling, contact Sarah Oberndorfer at


capital campaign

Our primary goal during Phase 1 of Joy Meadows is to purchase land in the Basehor, Kansas area. We have now located a tract of land that we would like to purchase. It has over 24 acres and already has a large home and a multi-purpose building so we can start housing foster children and begin the work of Joy Meadows right away! We are about 1/3 of the way to our goal. Click on the "Give Joy" button below to donate online. Or checks can be mailed to Joy Meadows, P.O. Box 182, Basehor, KS 66007. Joy Meadows, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) with Employer Identification Number: 82-2706195.


The Joy Run 0.5k

The first annual Joy Run 0.5k was on June 23, 2018 at Basehor-Linwood High School in Basehor, KS with over 300 runners. Be watching for next years' date, time and location!

Join your fellow race-slackers for an experience of triumph, victory and celebration during this 0.5k race (a/k/a 1640 ft, 656 steps, 500 meters) . Get ready for the glory of being a race-finisher and your participation medals, all to raise money for a great organization, Joy Meadows foster care community! This will be a fun, tongue-in-cheek event that will parody the typical 5k.

All runners will receive a pretentious 0.5k bumper sticker for your vehicle so you can show what an athlete you are.

· T-shirt

· Participation medals (because everyone is a winner! Yay participation points!)

· Don’t worry – there is a Pit Stop halfway through where coffee and donuts will be available.

· Individual and group COSTUME CONTEST with prizes. (So get a team ready with the craziest costume – pajamas, retro, sunglasses, boots – you decide!)

· Photo booth (because you need more pics for your social media feed to show how you are willing to sweat it out for a good cause)


· Are the 656 steps too much for you? Then you should register as a VIP.

· For an additional $75 (total race fee of $100), you don’t even have to run! There will be official Joy Meadows golf cart will drive our VIP runners through the race course to the finish line.