LOVE ONE child
LOVE ONE family
“We love because HE first loved us.” –1 John 4:19
What Is Our Mission?
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. Listen to Pastor Jamie’s sermon on adoption here.
Arizona has an orphan crisis. In our state alone, there are more than 18,000 vulnerable children in out-of-home placements, with more than 2,500 in group homes, shelters or DCS offices waiting for foster homes.
We desire to bring awareness of this need to our church body, call His people to action by becoming or supporting foster and adoptive parents, and be the answer to this crisis.
“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
Watch “ReMoved” – a foster care journey experience through the eyes of a child removed from her home.
Foster Care & Adoption Support Group
1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 6-8pm, Shea A8 (beginning September 5)
This group for foster and adoptive parents meets to share experiences and gain encouragement and support from others. Childcare is available by registering in advance here.
Royal Family Kids Camp offers foster children ages 6-12 a week of positive memories and royal treatment in a Christian Camp environment. For more information about this program, go to rfk.org.
Safe Families is a ministry where parents experiencing a temporary crisis can arrange for their children to stay with a Christian host family while they address the issues that led to their situation. Biological parents maintain full custody of their children and host families are encouraged to interact with the parents for encouragement and support. Safe Families hosts include singles and married couples at every life stage, all of whom simply decide to make room in their home for a child needing a safe place. The arrangement is temporary (average 31 days) and is facilitated by a Safe Families coach who makes sure everyone is moving forward. How can you serve the Safe Families ministry? Be a Safe Families host family and bring a child into your home. Or, be a family coach and walk alongside the birth family to meet their goals. If you’re interested in one of these opportunities, please contact Molly Browne. For more information check out this video and the local Safe Families website.
CarePortal brings the needs of hurting children and families in our community to our attention. Through the CarePortal technology, our church can connect with real-time needs that Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) workers uncover. DCS workers submit the prevention need and the church becomes aware of this need through an email. Individuals then have an opportunity to respond directly to families who are in crisis. To learn more visit careportal.org or take a few minutes to watch these videos CarePortal Video and You’re Worth It. Please contact Melissa Markus if you have additional questions or would like to participate.