Care 1:27 exists to glorify God by making and maturing disciples of Jesus Christ by providing education and awareness about the needs of orphans both locally and globally, and supporting families actively involved in adoption and foster care.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
Ways to serve our foster/adoption families
Pre-made, pre-cooked, ready-to-serve meals for the families when a new placement(s) or newly adopted child is brought home.
Families need babysitters for a myriad of reasons - some lasting a couple of hours, some lasting all day.
Doctor appointments, therapy appointments, court dates, parent visits, social worker meetings, date nights etc.
* Babysitters who can drive are most desired (or have parents who will drop off/pick up)
People willing to make a trip to the store (grocery/Costco/Target/Babies R Us) for immediate needs when a child is placed into foster care with one of our families - and then deliver the items to the family within 24-48 hours.
We have two needs in this area of ministry.
1. Gift cards for practical needs (formula, diapers, clothing, car seats, crib/mattress, stroller etc) so families can purchase what they need when they need it.
Walmart - Target - Costco - Trader Joe's - Sprouts
2. Gift cards to bless the families by allowing them to enjoy a date night as parents/moms/dads or a night out as a family.
Restaurants - sporting events - bowling - miniature golf - movies - hotels - manicure & pedicure ... be creative!
Foster families are required to spend a certain amount of money on clothing/shoes for each foster child, but often the mother does not have the time or energy to go shopping due to the demands of the foster system. Personal shoppers would purchase the clothing/shoes for the families and deliver them to their door.
Send a hand-written note, invite a foster/adoptive family over for dinner, ask a mom to meet you for coffee, invite a dad to breakfast. Listen to their stories, encourage them, pray with them, and remind them that what they are doing is Kingdom work, and their labor is not in vain.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25
The spiritual battlefield of the foster/adopt system is intense, and there are never enough soldiers ready to fight. Foster/adopt families must suit up in their Ephesians 6 spiritual battle gear every single day, or they will lose the battle. They need prayer warriors on their side, ready and willing to pray when they barely have enough energy to cry out, "Lord, help!" Prayer is one of our greatest resources as believers and one of the most precious gifts to give - and receive.
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
Check out some of the families in our church that are a part of Care 1:27:Contact:
Jason Erselius - Pastor of Children & Family Ministries
firstname.lastname@example.org - 714.282.9941
Michelle Eastman - Adoption & Foster Care Coordinator