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Foster care is a growing concern of the American evangelical church, even though a small portion of churches talk about, according to new Lifeway Research. The survey of over 1,000 participants found that 25 percent of respondents knew someone involved in foster care over the past year; however, 12 only percent of churchgoers say their church promotes foster involvement, with 6 percent saying their church provides training.
One of the ongoing difficulties of leading a church is feeling as though you have to be all things, to all people, and the idea of promoting or creating yet another ministry can feel exhausting. That being said, here are three reasons leaders of churches should prayerfully consider leading their church toward serving (either directly or indirectly) in the world of foster care.
Children - Homes - Abuse - Substance - Abuse
In 2015 over 427,000 children were removed from their homes due to neglect, physical abuse, substance abuse, or a variety of other reasons. The numbers have steadily grown over the past 4 years while most state foster programs are underfunded and understaffed. In some cases, when there are no options, these children are placed in group facilities while they wait for a home to open up. In many cases children are divided from their brothers and sisters when homes are unable or unwilling to provide space for their siblings.
Across the country, local foster care systems are desperate for stable families who will provide a measure of stability for children experiencing a traumatic uprooting from the life they know.
Anti-abortion - God-honoring - Church
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