May is National Foster Care Month. Did you know that there are approximately 600,000 children in foster care in the United States at any given time?
God calls us to care for orphans (James 1:27). Children in foster care have lost their parents – sometimes temporarily, other times permanently.
What can you do to help?
– Consider becoming a foster parent!
– Provide short term respite care for foster children in your area.
– Provide transportation. Foster children often need to be transported to appointments, therapies, visitation with parents/siblings, and court.
– Provide meals to a foster family when a child is placed with them.
– Mentor a teen in foster care.
– Become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Volunteer and help advocate for a child’s best interest. www.casaforchildren.com
We received word this week that our license has been approved. I am sitting anxiously by the phone, feeling somewhat conflicted. While I am excited to begin this journey, I recognize that in order for my phone to ring, a family has to be in crisis and a child is going to suffer loss.
We are almost as prepared as we can be. The twin beds upstairs have clean sheets and I’ve put waterproof mattress covers on one of them so far. The crib in our room is set up and has sheets, but is full of misc. baby items at the moment – like bottles and pacifiers, burp cloths, etc. I have a few outfits for most infant and toddler sizes, as well as size 5-6X. And a few pairs of shoes. Also some baby equipment like strollers, a swing, a bouncy seat, etc. I’m getting car seats next week.
It’s been a few years since I’ve had a baby or toddler, so this could be an interesting experience. Especially for Scott, who hasn’t had a baby in the house for nearly two decades!