We are a faith-based non-profit organization that encourages and equips foster families and the children they love. You can find out more about all our initiatives and get involved at fosteringfaithfully.org.
Go on a Mission Trip; Never Leave Home
Faith involves more than just going to church and those idyllic motions to grow your own faith. When many people desire to grow in their faith, they choose a mission trip as a next step. Fostering might very well be the most affordable way to go on a mission trip, and revitalize your faith, while still getting some sleep in your own bed. It is true that there are no real end dates for your trip, no clean-cut airplane rides home, no great sightseeing adventures to speak of, but you can certainly impact a life forever and share the gospel with a child from a different background right here in your own community!
Many forgo considering this type of mission work since fostering involves the kind of training and commitment of a marathon, not a sprint. These kinds of mission trips require the endurance that the Bible speaks about in Hebrews that you’ll have to depend on God for. Hebrews 10: 23-24, 36 (NLT) 23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. 24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 36 Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.
If I had known the “patient endurance”needed to face the stressors, inconveniences, heartache, and sleepless nights I’d face as a foster parent, I’d never have signed those papers years ago. But the joys, miracles, and blessings I’ve experienced on our family mission trips fostering keep us signing the line annually. I would never trade my faith that has been tested and seasoned through dark times with Him, for a faith that one knows simply warming pews in a safe, comfortable church building.
When the Lord cares for His people, He cares with His people. If you feel God calling you to do something more to stretch your faith, consider caring for His children in state custody. If you can’t foster, consider supporting us on our journey to care for local children in crisis by joining our fostering team, financially through a gift, emotionally by serving, relationally by advocating for us, or spiritually through prayer for our families and children in crisis.
This Father's Day, I'd like to pay a tribute to all the Daddies that love kids that are not really "theirs" just like they are. This hard calling might be easier for a mama that's nurturing and typically wired more for compassion and empathy, but foster Daddies are right there in the trenches cleaning up spit up or vomit-filled car seats, and changing plenty of dirty diapers for kids that will never remember their sacrifices.
He gets up with another man's baby in the middle of the night.
When no one shows up for visits, He shows up to play Legos.
He speaks gently and graciously to a single mother whose drug abuse impacted his life greatly.
When no one else is willing to step up for a child, He does.
He puts together a crib suddenly for a teen foster child, and her new baby.
When his wife has no dinner plans due to the chaos that reigns and 400 minutes she spent on the phone with child welfare issues, he scrambles eggs or hits the drive through and moves on.
Social workers are unsung heroes in our community. Unless you are in the trenches of foster care, (which so few are) you might not know that social workers have a thankless, disturbing, and overwhelming amount of work to do each day. Just this past week a caseworker was at my home at 9pm one night, and then again at 7pm another night bringing my beloved foster child home.
Social workers are a gateway for many families in crisis to receive much needed services to repair their families. They are also the first point of contact for a foster child, guardian ad litem, and foster parents who are all working together to care for an abused or neglected child.
Caseworkers are expected to take a work week with 173 hours and cram about 300 hours of work into that week. Caseworkers at DSS often have at least 30 children/families to serve. That may not sound like too many except that due to our shortage of foster homes half or more of those…
Fostering Faithfully's subtitle is often "working together to serve foster children in our community." There is nowhere this is more apparent then at the Fostering Faithfully resource center. The center is centrally located in Oconee county at Bountyland Baptist Church/LifePoint Church in Seneca, who so generously lends us their space and also allows the Oconee Foster Parent Association to meet on campus monthly so that our families can also have a monthly time to pick up things they need!
Donations from kind community members are dropped off at Upstate Children's Center in Walhalla or Oakway. We take clothing/shoes/equipment for kids ages newborn-12/14, and we keep a few things for teenage placements. Fostering Faithfully also spends funds being sure there are cribs, car seats, lice treatments, care bags with toothbrushes, etc., stocked at the center for DSS or foster parents.
We have had many student organizations, community and church groups, and businesses do d…