Blog post by Adam Neil
My wife Courtney and I were honored to participate in Shandon’s first Foster Care & Adoption Sunday, highlighting ways for our church members to foster, adopt, or support those who do. God himself knows the great cost and reward of adoption:
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
– Galatians 4:4-5
As the strategy leader for this emerging ministry area, I’d like to offer five immediate next steps to consider:
1. Join a Shandon Foster Care Team
As we identify foster families within our church, we want to support them as best we can.CLICK HERE to provide meals, prayer, respite care, or help with household and other needs.
2. Attend a Foster Care Info Session
Epworth’s Foster Care Program will host a community meeting this Thursday, November 14 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in their Administration Building Conference Room at 2900 Millwood Avenue. This is for anyone who wants to gather general information, volunteer time or resources, or open your home to a child in need. CLICK HERE for a link to their Facebook event.
3. Donate to a Christmas Clothing Drive
Richland County Foster Parent Association is collecting underwear, outerwear, gift cards and storage bins to supplement Christmas gifts for children in foster care. CLICK HERE to learn what and how to contribute.
4. Encourage Others—and Be Encouraged
Are you currently in the process of fostering or adopting? Have you been there, done that and want to share what you’ve learned? Email to let us know! We’d love to connect you with others who can provide much needed guidance and encouragement.
5. Pray for the Foster Care System in Richland County
In 2018, 568 children in Richland County entered foster care. Of those, 145 cases were due to physical abuse, and 425 were due to neglect. CLICK HERE for a 30-day prayer guide to lift up these children and the foster families caring for them.