Foster Care

Are you interested in becoming a foster parent or volunteering in foster care in other ways?

The next step is to attend one of our informational meetings or orientation classes.  Here you will learn more about Lifeline foster care and the various opportunities to get involved, including any requirements for each opportunity. 

If you are interested in becoming a licensed foster parent or respite provider, attendance at an orientation meeting is required prior to you participating in the 7-10 week (differs by state) foster parent training course.

2014 FALL GPS CLASS

Please Note: Registration for fall classes is CLOSED. We will have our classes for Spring 2015 posted by the end of December, so please check back then.

The Rock Family Worship Center – Huntsville, AL
Orientation: August 14th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Meeting 1: Meeting 1 of the 10 week GPS course will begin on the week of August 26th.  The date and location of the classes will be announced at Orientation Meeting.
Address: 2300 Memorial Parkway SW, Huntsville, AL 35801
For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact our North Alabama Licensing Worker, Megan Chivers, at 205-972-8494 or at megan.chivers@lifelinechild.org.

Church of the Highlands – Grants Mill Campus – Birmingham, AL
Orientation: Tuesday, September 16th, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Meetings: Tuesday, September 30th through Tuesday, December 9th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Address: 5901 Overton Road, Birmingham, Alabama 35210 in the Highlands Kids’ Auditorium 1 (the auditorium on the left if you are facing it)
For more information concerning the orientation or GPS classes, please email Christy Harmon at christy.harmon@lifelinechild.org or call 205-967-0811.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

UPCOMING INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS

Seacoast Church – Mt. Pleasant, SC
Meetings: Monday, November 10th, 6:30 – 8:30 PM and Monday, November 17th, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Address: 750 Long Point Road, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina 29464
For more information or to register for these South Carolina informational meetings, Maria Sinkler at MariaSinkler@seacoast.org or call 843-881-2100.

CHURCH PARTNERS

Lifeline is excited to be partnering with several different churches to provide opportunities to serve in foster care.

Church of the Highlands

For more information about Lifeline’s parternship with Church of the Highlands, please visit the Highlands Foster Care page HERE.

(A special thanks to the Video Production Team at Church of the Highlands for producing this video.)

ALABAMA

Briarwood Presbyterian Church

Mountaintop Community Church

The Church at Brook Hills

Gardendale First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church Trussville

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

Seacoast Church

 

About the Lifeline Foster Care Program

Lifeline has joined forces with other local agencies, churches, and the Department of Human Resources and child welfare departments to recruit, train and license foster families for children in the foster care system. The need for licensed foster families has become apparent as the number of children needing placements continues to increase. With so few families available to take in children who have been at risk in their birth families’ homes, children are being placed into overcrowded foster homes. This hinders them from receiving adequate care and does not promote the best interest of each child.

Many families have responded to the need for foster families in the State of Alabama, specifically our local counties. Lifeline has continued to see this movement spread and is now working to license and support families from churches throughout Alabama and now into South Carolina. In this new facet of our ministry, we have witnessed God’s provision of Christian families to meet the physical, educational, emotional, and spiritual needs of  children in foster care.

Our commitment to those involved in this partnership is to train prospective foster families, conduct their home studies and licensure, and monitor them once they have children in their homes. Opportunities to work alongside birth families are inherent in foster care, so this ministry reaches beyond the walls of the foster home. For many children who have never been exposed to the Gospel, our foster parents are the hands and feet of Christ on a daily basis.

Even if you feel you are not equipped to foster a child, please know that there are countless opportunities for you to aid children and foster families through this ministry. Whether by taking a meal, giving foster parents the night off, or donating a car seat, your acts of service will be greatly valued by those receiving them. We have found that support and encouragement are absolutely vital ingredients for the success of this program.

If you are interested in becoming a licensed foster family, or for more information on future trainings, please email Christy Harmon at christy.harmon@lifelinechild.org or call 205-967-0811.

Questions? Call 205.967.0811 or e-mail us here.