Vulnerable Children (Adoption/Foster Care)
There are far more vulnerable children in the world than most people realize. There are 163M orphans in the world today. Many are born into poverty or into homes where their birthparents were unable to be parents. Some of these children are placed in foster care because they or their families are going through a crisis. When a child is removed from an unsafe situation, the experience is incredibly traumatic for the child.
Education is the key to breaking the cycle of generational poverty. Parents have the responsibility to educate their children about this crisis so that children can be a part of the solution. Families can mobilize to support vulnerable children, leaving their comfort zone to address the global crisis.
God cares for the vulnerable, not the least of which are orphans and the fatherless. God’s word compels us to step forward, lock arms, and defend the fatherless in our community and world.
Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of the orphans. Fight for the rights of widows. (Isaiah 1:17)
He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing. (Deuteronomy 10:18)
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. (James 1:27)
The stories are heartbreaking. Around the globe, a distressing number of children are abused, abandoned, or neglected. Being away from family and familiar surroundings, and not always knowing what’s next are among the hardest parts for children.
The numbers are staggering. Foster care faces a nationwide crisis in the U.S. According the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
On any given day, over 437,000 children are living in the U.S. foster care system and the number has been rising.
Over 125,000 of these children are eligible for adoption and they will wait, on average, four years for an adoptive family.
The needs are substantial. The demand for stable, loving homes far outpaces the supply. Limited resources and manpower leave basic needs unmet.
How to get involved
1. Open your home to a child.
Check out the following resources to to learn more: Child Welfare Information Gateway
Adopt Us Kids article: Getting approved to foster or adopt
2. Support families who’ve opened their home to children. Contact your local church to find ways to support adoptive/foster parents.
3. Volunteer in your community and around the globe.
Back2Back Ministries: perhaps the best orphan care organization operating in the world today
Contact your local church to discover strategic partners that may have local service opportunities.
American Adoptions article: What Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids About Adoption
HuffPost article: Teach Your Children About Adoption Before Releasing Them on the Playground