There are over 6,000 children in foster care in the State of Alabama. There are not enough foster families throughout the State to provide loving and stable home environments for children. Foster care workers often find themselves just looking for a “spot” when a child comes into care rather than looking for a family that will best meet the needs of the child.
In His Word, God commands His followers to care for the “fatherless” (Isaiah 1:17) and “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40). Foster children need homes where the love of Jesus is exemplified and taught. Many members of First Baptist Church and other area churches have been blessed with the resources and the relational skills to provide for a foster child. In fact, there are so many healthy and stable Christian homes among area churches that foster homes could out number foster children. Luke 12:48 says, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be required…”
When families within churches are called to foster, other church members can assist them in the journey. This gives church members the opportunity to be involved in the foster care system through supporting roles. Examples of this include providing meals for the foster family, providing additional clothes or furniture for the foster child, and praying for the family. Foster families need to know that they are not on this journey alone and that there are those on whom they can call.