Foster Care Awareness Month
By: Reality SF
May is Foster Care Awareness Month.
Foster care is something near and dear to the heart of our church – One of the reasons being that foster children are some of the most neglected and vulnerable individuals in our country, and specifically in our city. As followers of Jesus, we are to be the first who are concerned about children in need. Scripture says that God is the defender and helper of the fatherless, and James says that, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans…” To learn more information or how to get involved
To share just a few stats:
- There are over 7,000 foster care children in the Bay Area alone, and close to 700,000 in the US.
- After aging out of the system, 33% will become homeless, 50% will struggle with substance abuse, and 71% of women will become pregnant by 21
Our hope as a church is to rise to the occasion and be a part of the solution. And the beautiful thing about cultivating community around foster care is that there’s a role for all of us to play. To help us navigate this, there is an incredible organization here in our city called Foster the Bay (FTB).
Foster the Bay is a coalition of churches committed to providing a loving home for every child in foster care. Their strategy is for partner churches to raise up foster families, who are supported by a team of support friends, who help with babysitting, meals, transportation, encouragement, and more.
Since starting in 2015, Foster the Bay has grown to:
- 70 Partner Churches
- 75 Foster Families
- 310 Support Friends
- Providing loving homes for more than 145 children, helping change the trajectory of these kids’ lives.
If you’d like to learn more about opening your home as a foster family, becoming a support friend, or partnering financially, some of Foster the Bay’s representatives from within our church please reach out to our FTB Advocate, Kat Tom: firstname.lastname@example.org. She would love to share how you can get involved.