The increase of children in need of safe homes in Montana is growing. January 2017 statistics from the Department of Public Health and Human Services noted there were 3,454 kids in foster care. Sadly, these numbers are out of date as soon as they are published.
These are kids, who through no fault of their own are removed from unsafe homes and are in need of care while family members are found or their parents get help. This is where the church gets a chance to rise to the occasion and care for those who find themselves as orphans even though their parents may be alive!
The Scriptures describe Him as the God Who is for the orphan and fatherless. The Psalmist in Psalm 68:5-6 speaks of God as a "Father to the fatherless, and the defender of the widows, is God in His holy dwelling". In Deuteronomy 10:18 He is described as the One Who, "defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow..." The prophet Hosea 14:3 echoes this when he says of God, "For in you the fatherless finds compassion".
As we speak about this need at various churches and other area events, we're encouraged by how often individuals say how they had already been considering fostering and are interested in knowing more about the process of becoming a foster parent. Child Bridge incubates the seed that has already been placed in their hearts and provides knowledge and support to them on their journey.
With needs so great in every community, Child Bridge will work to raise up 300 new foster families for kids in need.
It is encouraging for those within the Department of Family Services to see an increase in people interested in becoming foster parents. Many of those have been recruited through the local church.
If you're interested in discovering who might have this call in your congregation, consider having Child Bridge come and give a brief presentation to your congregation or small group. Contact us!
In order to provide you with high quality, current content that is relevant to your journey, we’re proud to announce that we’ve partnered with several child welfare leaders including Key Ministry and their blog Church4EveryChild! You’ll have the opportunity of learning from dynamic thought leaders in Special Needs Ministry.