Foster care evangelism

Most Arizonans have heard about the ongoing crisis in the foster care system. The number of children in out-of-home care has sky- rocketed from approximately 10,000 in 2010 to more than 16,000.

As an agency contracted to train and support foster parents, Agape understands our role in resolving this crisis. We are also firm believers that every family in the community can be a part of the solution, which is why we want to share the good news (good tidings!) that every Arizonan can help build strong family systems within their local communities.

We believe the best way to solve the foster care crisis is to prevent the instances of abuse and neglect which tend to lead to child removal. The good news is that YOU can make a difference in this area. Here are some ideas to help you get started:

1.  Step up to support families before they ever need foster care in the first place.

2. Call your local state legislators and ask them to enhance funding and support in-home services and prevention and family support.

3. Become a mentor to a stressed mommy or daddy.

4. Offer to babysit for a family you know needs a “date night.”

5. Support families who are struggling financially by assisting with the job search process or buying groceries.

6. Share information about parenting classes with families who need help raising children who have challenging behaviors. FYI: Agape offers several parenting classes each month!

7. Encourage birth mothers experiencing crisis pregnancies to find out more about open adoption as an option. FYI: Agape has a strong private adoption program which promotes open adoption as the best adoption option.

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We understand that even as we make our best efforts to support birth families, some children still will need to be placed in foster homes, and the local church is a great place to start! Within the past year, many Agape parents have reached out to their church families to share information with their pastors, staff informational tables, organize events which raise awareness about foster care, and of course, pray for Arizona’s children. Agape is proud to recognize the efforts of the Living Word Bible Church Foster Initiative, which encourages church members and the surrounding community to wear a blue ribbon to spread awareness about Arizona’s foster care crisis and donate money to sponsor specific foster children, so their needs can be met.

 

If you are interested in becoming a foster or adoptive parent, we would be honored to support you on this journey. To learn more about upcoming parenting classes, foster care classes, the home study process or adoption options, contact us by completing the form below or call (480) 272-7994.

 

If you have ideas for spreading the GOOD NEWS about how prevention and awareness efforts like Foster Care EvANGELism can make a positive difference in creating strong family systems within local communities, please share them with us at fcevangelism@agapeaz.org, so we can share them with others. Together, we can make a difference for Arizona’s children!