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Beyond Fostering: Small Ways You Can Help Foster Kids

Even if you are not in a position to adopt, there are still many ways you can help a foster child in need:

Foster families often need support as they work to adjust to their new living situation. Offering to help them with parenting research can be a great way to show them that you are there to help. You can do this by…

  • asking to read a parenting book with them
  • putting together a booklet of need-to-know facts on hair care basics for children whose racial background differs from their own
  • supplying the family meal every Monday night. Clean the bathrooms with your small group.
  • taking the kids to the park to play a pick-up game of basketball or soccer

There are also ways to reach out to many foster families at a time by…

  • starting a foster parent support ministry at your church
  • leading monthly support meetings for foster parents
  • putting together a babysitting network  so foster parents can take the night off once in a while
  • providing the punch and puppy chow that make every monthly foster parent meeting a hit

And you do not have to lend this support alone. If you get together with your friends, family, small group, or others willing to support to put together your own plan that might include some of our other supporting ideas, such as…

  • forming a prayer group
  • driving kids to a visit with their birth parents
  • buying flowers for caseworkers
  • becoming a mentor for a foster kids
  • getting licensed as a short-term emergency placement home

No act of support or care is too small. What will you come up with?

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About Evangelical Child & Family Agency

Adoption, Safe Families, Intact Family Services, Counseling, Pregnancy, Birthparents, Adoptive Parents

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