There are over 423,000 children in America’s foster care system. Some are abused, some are abandoned. All are struggling with the realities of being removed from their home, the introduction of social workers, therapist, changing schools and foster homes often.
The Bible calls Christians to care for the orphan. It is our responsibility. It is a mandate from God. It is the believer’s responsibility to visit the orphan. Visit means to care for, oversee, provide for and nurture.
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.
I want to encourage you to put your shoulder to the plow, roll up your sleeves and spend yourself in ministry obeying God’s command to visit the orphan.
For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.
Will you reach out to help them?
We can be the means God uses to visit the orphan and give them a cup of cold water in the name of Jesus.
Here are some ways you can help them.
1. Adoption! Give the solitary child a forever home. If you are interested in adoption, please see the link to the right under Adoption…Lifeline Children’s Services. Also check the link Available Children for Adoption to adopt a child from our foster care system.
2. Become a mentor for a foster child. A mentor is someone who wishes to befriend a foster child and spend an hour or more a week with them. Foster children need mentors who will genuinely take an interest in them and encourage them that all things are possible through Christ. Come along side them and encourage them to never give up, study hard in school to be successful, mentor them in job related skills, teach them about the hope that is in God. If you are interested in being a mentor for a child in foster care please see the link to the right and click on Community Partnerships for Children in the state of Florida or Lifeline Children’s Services in the state of Alabama and Georgia.
3. Become a Guardian Ad Litem. When a child enters foster care they are assigned a case worker. Usually case workers can oversee up to 50 children. This is a huge responsibility and sometimes too much to adequately oversee all of them. Some children require special attention and need a court appointed advocate. These children are appointed a Guardian Ad Litem who becomes a voice for the child. The Guardian Ad Litem will visit with the child often as well as visit with the parents, foster parents, teachers, therapist, anyone involved in the care of the child. The GAL listens to the desires and wishes of the child and becomes the child’s advocate to the courts, the foster care agency and can make recommendations in the best interest of the child. Though the child’s foster parents may change, their school may change, their GAL stays with them as long as they are in foster care advocating for them. If you are interested in becoming a Guardian Ad Litem, please see the link to the right.
4. If you own a business you can provide much needed jobs for teens in foster care. Many teens in foster care when turning 18 are no longer under the care of the state and become our nation’s homeless, unwed pregnant teens and many become incarcerated. They need to be trained and mentored in job skills and encouraged to pursue their education. They need help in learning the tools to become successful in life. Many do not have the support or encouragement of family and friends.
I spoke to Brian of Brian’s Bar-B-Q in Deland. He hires teens from the group foster homes in the Deland area. He told me that his teen employees from the foster homes are some of his most dedicated and hard working employees. He encourages other businesses in his area to provide jobs for them as well. Brian is helping these teens by providing much needed jobs and encouraging them toward a hope and a future.
Please do the same. If you can help provide jobs for foster teens then please click on the tab to the right, Community Partnerships for Children or respond to this post and I will help direct you to the right person to contact.
5. You can give financially to agencies that are advocating for children spreading awareness of the plight of the orphan. Click to the right on the link Lifeline Children’s Services or Unadopted for more information on how to do this.
6. If you do not live in Florida, Georgia or Alabama, but wish to help, many of the links to the right will redirect you to agencies in your area where you can help. If you would like more information, you can always post a comment, and I will help you.
Thank you so much for being willing to do something meaningful and extraordinary for the orphan. May God richly bless your efforts!