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:


Check out the news story on Joy Meadows by reporter Zac Summers and KC Fox 4 News.

Watch the story HERE.


The Joy Run 0.5k

The second annual Joy Run 0.5k was on June 15, 2019, at 9 a.m., the T-Bones Stadium at the Legends area in Kansas City, Kansas. It was a great success with over 500 runners! Pictures will be posted soon!

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! Bounce houses, prizes, costume contest, face paint, Big Bubbles, and more!


ADVOCATE TRAINING CLINIC. Envisioning, Establishing and Equipping your Foster Care Ministry to thrive within your local church. 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 utilizes the Live the Promise/Promise 686 format which has been effective in numerous churches in 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 to track your volunteers and foster family needs. Unlimited access to the Advocate Portal ensures Advocates will always have the most up-to-date materials, curriculum and training available to grow their ministry. We also offer subsequent coaching in the months following the Clinic. Questions? Contact Justin Oberndorfer at

Upcoming Dates: We will post upcoming dates soon for the next Fostering Joy Clinic in September of 2019, and February and June of 2020!

Date: Saturday, June 1st, 9:00-4:30 p.m., our host location is Westside Family Church, 8500 Woodsonia, Lenexa, KS.


  • $125 per registrant for Advocate Leader

  • Group discount of 2 or more ($100.00) per person

  • Late Registration is $135 per person


capital campaign

Our primary goal during Phase 1 of Joy Meadows is to purchase land in the Basehor, Kansas area. We have located a tract of land that we would like to purchase. We are in the process of making an offer on the property and working with County zoning requirements. 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.


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

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Building Joy Gala

SAVE THE DATE! The Building Joy Gala for 2019 will be on Saturday, November 9th.

We had our first annual "Building Joy Gala" on November 10, 2018 at the beautiful Oread Hotel. Have a business or organization? You can be a table sponsor. We can’t wait to announce our location and date for 2019. Be watching!