Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. – James 1:27
Foster Care Quick Facts:
- At any given time, there are 400,000 children in foster care in United States.
- There are over 115,000 children in care that are waiting to be adopted.
- In Lee County, there are anywhere from 70-120 children in foster care at any given time.
- In Lee County, there are only 40-50 foster homes.
Cornerstone has partnered with Lee County Department of Human Resources and BigHouse Foundation to assist in recruiting, training, and providing support for foster homes in our county. Our goal is to provide foster families with the support they need to minister to the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of foster children in their care.
Here are some things you can do to support foster families in Lee County:
Give a gift card. At times foster families need to make a quick purchase when they receive a child in their home. Having a Visa or Walmart gift card can make things much easier as they are making their home feel comfortable for the child. You can drop gift cards in the offering bucket or bring to the church office.
- Make dinner for a family.
- Help a family with yard work and cut grass.
- Provide a “welcome basket” for children, with items such as pajamas and hygiene items.
- Donate or volunteer with BigHouse Foundation.
Quick Overview of the Process of Becoming a Foster Family:
GPS (Group Preparation and Selection) is a program designed specifically to educate and prepare potential foster parents. Topics covered in GPS meetings include the impact fostering may have on your family, behavior management techniques, separation and loss issues and more.
This preparation program will consist of 10 meetings totaling 30 classroom hours. In addition, the leader will schedule a time to interview you and other family members in your home.
Would you like more information about the next GPS class dates or just want to know more about our foster care ministry? Fill out this quick form and Jack Fisher, our Director of Operations, will get back in touch with you.