What is Our Purpose?
To inspire, mobilize and support the church to live out the biblical mandate to care for vulnerable kids and families in need, and ultimately, create a church culture where caring for children will be a natural outcry of our love of Jesus and our recognition of our amazing adoption by Him.
Arizona is facing an orphan crisis. “Arizona is one of the states leading the nation in the number of children per capita in group or shelter care” according to the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS), with 600 children removed from their home every month and climbing by 100 each month.
This crisis begs the question to each of us: How does God call you to serve the defenseless among us? The vast spectrum of needs within the foster care and adoption ministry is an all-call to Christians to share their unique gifts, resources, and experiences. Whether you welcome a child into your home or support neighbors who do, you could help make this ministry thrive.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” –James 1:27
Are you interested in information about foster care, adoption? Would you like to serve in this ministry? Are you a current foster, kinship, or adoptive family? If so, please complete this online form so we can come along side of you.
Foster Care Program Coordinator: Phoebe Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org
Central Director, Local Outreach Director: Shannon Mitchell email@example.com
Let us help you find a place to serve using your gifts and passions to make a difference. You can provide critical support services for kids in care, foster families, birth families, young mothers, or young adults who have aged out. We have the privilege of partnering with numerous local organizations who offer volunteer opportunities.
The engagement grid below shows the holistic approach and a variety of ways to get involved! From donating diapers and planning birthday parties to mentoring or fostering a child.
A key component of our For the Valley vision was to expand our efforts to care for children and families impacted by the foster care crisis in our state. In March 2022, SBC brought a girl’s foster home called “Gigi’s Cottage” under the SBC ministry umbrella so that we can work together to have a greater impact. Gigi’s Cottage was founded and is run by a long-standing SBC family and the organization, Firm Foundation Youth Homes.
Gigi’s Cottage is for girls in the Arizona foster care system that are ages 7-18 and provides housing for up to nine girls. Through new combined efforts, SBC will provide administrative and operational support to assist the Gigi’s Cottage team to help these girls move in a positive direction and experience the love of Jesus.
Ways to get involved. First, pray for Gigi’s Cottage girls and staff who live there. Second, partner with SBC staff to provide support and encouragement for the Gigi’s Cottage staff.
Is Gigi’s Cottage eligible for Arizona’s Foster Care Tax Credit? Yes! One way to support Firm Foundation Youth Homes (Gigi’s Cottage) is through the Arizona Foster Care Tax Credit. Did you know Arizona taxpayers can redirect a portion of their state tax dollars to the charity of your choice? You get the money back dollar-for-dollar! FFYH is a qualifying foster care charitable organization. The maximum credit allowed is $1,000 for married couples and $500 for singles. The QFCO code is 10054 which is used on the AZ tax form 352. To learn more visit https://scottsdalebible.com/serve-our-community/az-tax-credit.
One way to support Firm Foundation Youth Homes (Gigi’s Cottage) is through the Arizona Foster Care Tax Credit. Did you know Arizona taxpayers can redirect a portion of their state tax dollars to the charity of your choice? You get the money back dollar-for-dollar! FFYH is a qualifying foster care charitable organization. The maximum credit allowed is $1,000 for married couples and $500 for singles. The QFCO code is 10054 which is used on the AZ tax form 352. To learn more visit https://scottsdalebible.com/serve-our-community/az-tax-credit.
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