The Foster Care and Adoption ministry at West Valley Bible Church
To raise up and empower the church body to live out the biblical mandate to care for orphans. To create a church culture where caring for orphans will be a natural outcry of our love of Jesus and our recognition of our amazing adoption by Him.
Our strategy to meet our mission:
- Come alongside families interested foster care or adoption (including domestic, foster adopt and international) and offer them information and support as they start their journeys.
- Provide ongoing care and support for current foster and adoptive families through a support group, prayer and other ways to meet their needs as they arise.
- Provide education and opportunity for our church to care for the foster children in Arizona through volunteering, collection drives and making emergency placement bags.
As We Go
There are so many ways you can help, whether it is taking a child in your home or supporting others!
Here is a list of our immediate needs for volunteers:
- Prayer warriors – we need a team of people to pray for specific needs of our foster and adopted kids.
- “Adopted Grandparents” – we need some of the older generation to come alongside our foster and adoptive families to mentor them, check in with them and make sure all their needs are being met.
- Babysitters for special events – We hope to launch a support group soon and also a quarterly “parent’s night out” and we need people to help with childcare for these parents who so rarely have time to themselves!
- Families who are willing to go through the paperwork and training to provide respite for foster families.
- Financial donations for our international adoption families who have to raise enough money to cover the costly process. Donations can be made in the church offering box with “Chosen Ministry – international adoption” in the memo.
- The after-hours placement center for Arizona CPS desperately needs volunteers 24/7 to help watch the children that are there awaiting placement in foster homes. People with DPS fingerprint clearance cards can volunteer.
- People to help make emergency placement bags for foster children, which contain some of the basic necessities to bring to their new homes. Some of these children come into care with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. Foster families work as quickly as possible to meet their needs, but having a few supplies when the child arrives is a great help! The bags to fill are available for pickup, along with a list of items needed, at the church's information desk each Sunday.
Follow along with one West Valley family – the Parks – as they start their journey to adopt a child from China! Their website can be found here: http://jointheparks.com/ .