What would it look like if EVERY church committed to prayerfully raising up at least one family to bring at least one eligible child into their home through foster care or adoption, and provide a network of nurturing care for that family?
What if EVERY church committed to filling one of the many gaps in the child welfare system in their local community? Everyone in your church has a role to play. Watch how God takes simple acts of obedience and uses them to help transform the lives of vulnerable children in your community, while transforming members of your congregation and the culture of your church!
Thousands of children are removed from their families annually due to abuse and neglect. The primary goals of foster care are keeping children safe and reunification with the birth family whenever possible. In most communities, there are not enough foster parents for every child to have an ideal placement. Instability in the foster care system often leads to compounding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and resulting life challenges. Hephzibah62:4 is partnering with More than Enough, a collaborative movement with the goal of 10% of churches in every county involved in foster care by 2025 to ensure there is More Than Enough:
• Help for biological families trying to stabilize and reunify
• Wrap-around support from the church for foster, adoptive and biological families
• Foster and kinship families for every child to have an ideal placement
• Adoptive families for every child waiting for adoption
In situations where parents have died, or when reunification or parenting by birth parents is not best or possible for a child, identifying a loving adoptive family is often the best choice.
ADOPTION EXPENSES: Most adoptions from foster care are free. Private domestic and international adoptions meet vital needs of orphans and vulnerable children, but the related expenses can make them cost-prohibitive. To help make these types of adoption affordable for Wesleyan families, we offer our Hephzibah62:4 Adoption Fund.
FIND DIRECTION FOR YOUR PERSONAL ADOPTION JOURNEY through Loving Shepherd Ministry’s Adoption Assessment.
HEPHZIBAH62:4 FOSTER CARE/ADOPTION MINISTRY PARTNERS:
Kentwood Community Church, Kentwood, MI
Closet of Hope
The Closet of Hope has become a local hub for resourcing and encouraging agency workers and families who are bringing children into their homes through foster care, adoption, guardianship and Safe Families for Children. They are part of a larger church ministry to vulnerable children called Families of Promise and work in close partnership with other local churches and organizations through Orphan Ministry Alliance, West Michigan.
Every Child Ministry
Since 2012, this ministry has been bringing awareness to the needs of vulnerable & orphaned children, supporting families called to adopt or foster, hosting events that celebrate and equip families created through adoption and foster care, and equipping community groups and others to come along side of those who have been called to adopt or foster, as “wrap around support.” They are a partner in the Every Child coalition in Western New York, a network of churches, adoption and foster care agencies, pregnancy/women’s crisis centers, and other related organizations working together to meet the needs of their community’s vulnerable kids.