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....".  You can be a part! In the coming months, we have several different events scheduled that you can be a part of.  Check out our events below:


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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. Questions? Contact Justin Oberndorfer at justin@fosteringjoy.net

Date: Saturday, September 1, 2019, 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 after September 1st is $135 per person


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Building Joy Gala

SAVE THE DATE! The Building Joy Gala for 2019 will be on Saturday, November 9th. Tickets go on sale after Labor Day.

We had such a great time, we are returning to The Oread Hotel for 2019. Emcee will be Christa Dubill, news anchor for 41 Action News, and entertainment by Devin Henderson.

Have a business or organization? You can be a table sponsor. Check out all of the sponsorship opportunities HERE.


If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, or a respite family, we are hosting the TIPS-MAPP training required to become a licensed foster parent in the state of Kansas. The class is FREE but pre-registration is required. This will be in the new two-weekend format.

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, or a respite family, we are hosting the TIPS-MAPP training required to become a licensed foster parent in the state of Kansas. The class is FREE but pre-registration is required. This will be in the new two-weekend format.

Foster Parent Training

Dates: Saturday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 22nd, 1-7 p.m.; and Saturday, October 6th, 9a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, October 7th, 1-7 p.m.

Location: Host location is Gracepoint Church, 5425 Martindale Rd., Shawnee, KS

For more info or to register, please email Justin Oberndorfer at justin@fosteringjoy.net or call 913-449-4922.


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

Watch the story HERE.


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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!

Join us in June 2020 with 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, and more! This is also a foster care awareness event where everyone can find out how they can engage and be a part of the solution.


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capital campaign

Our primary goal during Phase 1 of Joy Meadows is to purchase land in the Basehor, Kansas area. We have a contract on a piece of land, acreage, barn and home. We are in the process of working with County zoning requirements and plan on closing the sale in October, 2019. 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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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 sarah@joymeadows.org.