Adoption month has passed the halfway point, but, before it has completely zoomed by, I wanted to make a quick post with some resources for anyone who would like to be involved in orphan care in any way; that should probably cover everyone. We have been so blessed to have friends and family as models that have taken orphan care seriously- adopting, fostering, advocating and just CARING. It is awesome!
Caring for the orphan (and widow) is not a call to some or a few, it is for all of us, so let us joyfully fulfill that call and find millions of children homes, comfort and love.
I’m not just making things up:
Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
Vindicate the weak and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.
Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow.
We are adopting through WACAP, maybe you can, too? They are based in Washington state, though, which adds a few extra steps for Californians and other states.
http://www.bethany.org/main/foster-care – Bethany Christian Services is one way of becoming a foster family.
http://dcfs.co.la.ca.us/ Los Angeles County’s DCFS is the direct way to become a foster parent.
http://www.safe-families.org/ – An effort that is similar to foster care, but attempts to prevent children from entering foster care by providing interim care for willing parents.
Become a special advocate for a child in foster care. This link is for Los Angeles, specifically, but there are CASAs in other locations as well.
Christian Alliance for Orphans holds large conferences(which are fantastic) and provides quality, helpful resources. Learn more about the many ways you can become an orphan advocate on their website.
You. Just being there.
An article (by a woman with 12 children) about what adoptive and foster families need most after the children come home.
A good local group to southern California is Project Hope. People of all levels of interest and involvement attend to create a solid, orphan care group.
http://www.onethankfulmom.com/ – Blog of the mother with 12 children, some adopted.
http://looneytunes09.wordpress.com/ – Blog (now on hiatus, but content still available) written by a foster child who aged out of the system with no family to call her own.
http://cainsadopt.blogspot.com/ – Follow the Cain family as they pursue adoption in Ghana. They have already adopted domestically, also.