Families of Faith

More than 400,000 U.S. children are in foster care due to physical or sexual abuse, neglect or other family challenges. These children need the care and love that foster and adoptive families provide.

Local churches and faith communities often have the compassion and dedication it takes to help children and families in need. How is your family of faith being called to help?

There are many ways for faith communities and individual families to help children in foster care:

  • Host a presentation on foster care/adoption or a foster parent TIPS-MAPP training for your congregation
  • Encourage adults to become foster or adoptive parents
  • Host a donation drive for hygiene items, clothing, duffel bags, school supplies or holiday gifts
  • Mentor youth age 13-15 as they transition to adulthood through the LIFE program
  • Provide a family night out for foster families
  • Register with the CarePortal and receive emails regarding needs for children in foster care in your area
  • Volunteer at a foster family event
  • Advocate for youth
  • Educate others

KVC will support your faith community’s efforts to help local children. We can provide:

  • A short presentation, bulletin inserts and other printed materials highlighting the needs of children in your community
  • A list of practical needs of children and foster families for donation drives (clothing, hygiene products, first night bags, gift cards, etc.)
  • Certified instructors to train prospective foster and adoptive parents
  • Support groups and continuing education for foster and adoptive parents
  • Specialized resources for children including in-home family therapy and mental health services
  • Information on the LIFE program

Your faith community can play a critical role in helping these children. By recruiting foster or adoptive families or meeting the practical needs of children and foster families, your faith community can show love to local children in need.

Additionally, families can assist with health spiritual formation in children by giving them an opportunity to be physically, emotionally and socially healthy, on target intellectually and to be morally and spiritually healthy.

For more information, please contact Nancy Snyder Killingsworth at nsnyder@kvc.org.