Every 4th Sunday at 12:45 p.m. in room 200, Chosen Ones gathers for an informal lunch to support families who are on the journey of foster care and adoption. If you are a family who is in the process of fostering or adopting, or just have questions that you would like to ask, feel free to join us on the 4th Sunday.
There are 163 million orphans worldwide, and thousands of children in foster care in our area. You can make a lasting difference in their lives and join with others who are regularly praying for these children and foster families.
Here are just a few ways that you can pray for these precious children:
Understanding God’s Love: Pray that they will understand that they are uniquely and wonderfully made by a God who loves and cares for them. Pray that they will come to understand and experience God’s love in a real and personal way!
Permanency: Pray that they will experience the unconditional love and care of a nurturing,stable family. Pray that they will not give up hope as they wait.
Attachment: Pray that they will develop a healthy and strong bond with their parents or caregivers.
Safety: Pray that they will be safe and protected from abuse, abandonment, neglect and rejection.
Healing: Pray that they will heal from all past trauma – physical, emotional and mental.
School: Pray that they will encounter an understanding and compassionate school environment that will provide the needed support (academic and emotional) and ensure that they meet their full potential.
Wisdom: Pray that all members of their foster care team (caseworkers, foster parents, adoptive family, judge, therapist, doctor, attorney, teachers and others) will make wise decisions and always act in their best interest.
You can come alongside foster parents and offer help and support in a number of ways, from providing babysitting or relief care, to helping a foster family cover the cost of their foster child participating on a sports team, taking piano or dance lessons or getting involved in boy scouts or girl scouts. You can help find the needed supplies for a family such as beds, dressers, or bikes. Often the initial transition of children being placed in a home is overwhelming—supporting a family by bringing them a meal or providing a listening ear is welcome.
Consider becoming a foster or adoptive parent. There are over 3,000 children in the Sacramento Region that are in foster care. Many of these children are in need of a temporary nurturing home, while there are some waiting for a permanent family.