The Need in Our Community
In Palm Beach County, there are approximately 1000 children who are in the foster care system, with an average of 64 removals of children from their families per month (stats here). Because of the lack of foster families for children to be placed with, many end up in shelters or are placed out of county, away from the safety net of family, friends, school, and all that they know.
God commands us in scripture to care for those who do not have families. James 1:27 says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…” Kids in foster care are not the government’s kids, they are God’s kids, and as the church, that makes them our kids.
We know that not everyone can take a foster child into their home. But everyone can do something. At Community of Hope, we have several different ways to get involved to show kids and families the love of Christ.
Become a licensed foster parent
If you are interested in becoming a licensed foster parent, we encourage you to fill out this form so that we can contact you about next steps and help you make connections that will help you as you consider beginning this journey.
Upcoming Licensing Classes through 4Kids: November 3, 10 & 17 at Community of Hope East Campus
Sign up here.
Join a care community
More than half of new foster families will quit within the first year because of lack of support. At Community of Hope, we are working to form care communities around each foster family. There are needs that will fit every gift and talent and level of involvement; from simply signing up to make or bring a meal once a month, coming alongside the family and mentoring a foster child, or spending time loving on these children and showing them God through your love. To sign up and find out more, please fill out this form.
Participate in the foster closet
Another tangible way that we are working to support foster families at Community of Hope is through the beginning of a foster closet at our East Campus. You can support this ministry through donations of gift cards, diapers, clothes, and other miscellaneous items. Please e-mail Jessica to inquire about donations needed and to schedule a time to drop off items. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, please fill out this form.
Join us in lifting up all of those involved in fostering and adoption processes. Pray for judges, social workers, guardian ad litems, therapists, and all of those involved in this portion of a child’s life. Pray for families who are stepping in to foster and adopt and answer God’s calling. Pray for parents and families who have been broken by the removal of children, that they may see God’s restoration in their lives. Pray for the children who have ended up in this place through no fault of their own, that they would see God’s love carry them through difficult circumstances. Pray for the church that we may step into the lives of these families with the love of Jesus.