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:


The Joy Run 0.5k

The second annual Joy Run 0.5k will be on June 15, 2019, at 9 a.m., the T-Bones Stadium at the Legends area in Kansas City, Kansas!

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.

More Info on The Joy Run 0.5k


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.

Another class will be offered this Spring of 2019. Please let us know if you are interested and we will keep you updated!


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


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 60 acres and already has a large home and an office space so we can start housing foster children and begin the work of Joy Meadows right away! We are in the process of making an offer on the property. 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.

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Building Joy Gala

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!


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