Webinar: Engaging Birthparents in Foster Care with the Gospel
About this event:
Thursday, February 7, 2019
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST
Through Families Count, churches are positioned to meet, mentor, and care for parents who are working to fulfill a court-mandated plan for reunification or parents who are at-risk for losing their children to the foster care system. Families Count enables churches to teach the curriculum while engaging parents relationally by providing transportation, childcare, a weekly meal, and a mentoring program. Come hear more about how the local church can step into the lives of birth families to share the hope of the gospel and practical support in hopes of seeing reconciliation both to the Lord and within their families.
Rick Morton, Vice President of Engagement: As Vice President of Engagement, Rick Morton shepherds the ministry’s outreach to individual, church, and organizational ministry partners as well as the ministry’s commitment to publishing resources that aid families and churches in discipling orphans and vulnerable children. Holding both the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts degrees in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Rick taught on the faculty of his alma mater as well as the faculties of Bryan College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also served local churches in Tennessee, Louisiana, and Mississippi. He is an accomplished writer and sought after speaker. Most notably, Rick is the co-author of the popular Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-centered Adoption and Orphan Care and the author of KnowOrphans: Mobilizing the Church for Global Orphanology. Rick and his lovely wife Denise have been married for over 26 years, and they have 3 children, all of whom joined their family through international adoption. Rick has also recently gained the title of “Doc” in his new role as a very proud grandpa.
Traci Newell, Education Coordinator: Traci Newell is a licensed social worker and a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She serves as Education Coordinator at Lifeline and is responsible for the development and implementation of education initiatives within the foster care and domestic adoption departments. As a former foster mom and mother of two daughters through adoption, Traci’s desire is to share the grace of Christ through these ministries.