There are over 400,000 children in the US Foster Care System on any given day. These children need a temporary home while their birth families are working towards goals that prepare them to be reunified with their children. The need for licensed foster families is apparent in the desparate numbers of children needing placement and the number of available families to care for them. The lack of equipped and supported homes results in children being placed in overcrowded homes or in institutions where their unique needs cannot be met with excellence. Additionally, although many children are able to be reunified with their families, around 1/3 of the children that are returned to their birth families, reenter the foster care system due to the birth families not being equipped, prepared, and supported. This creates a cycle in which children and families are left without hope. They need to know that God created them; that they have value; and that there is great hope in Christ.
Lifeline’s foster parenting ministry exists to extend the grace, compassion and love of Jesus Christ to children and birth families in the foster care system. We believe that every child placement is a unique opportunity to minister to the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of that child, and in many cases, his birth family. Lifeline believes that a child’s needs are best met under the guidance of Christian foster parents who can ensure the safety, well-being and development of children during a time of great uncertainty. Our desire is to help lessen the burden of child welfare agencies to recruit more foster families by partnering with local churches to recruit, train, and support these families. Lifeline desires to partner with families who are called to share the hope found in Christ with both the children in care as well as their birth families.
Lifeline’s hope is that the body of Christ, the Church, would be the hands and feet of Jesus to children in foster care, birth families, and other professionals serving them. We provide both pre and post licensure training to prospective and licensed foster families. Lifeline also offers training to local churches to equip the whole body of Christ to care for these children and their families. Although everyone may not be called to be a foster parent, everyone can play a significant role: taking meals to foster families, mentoring birth families, providing appreciation luncheons to state caseworkers, or committing to pray for specific children.
If you are interested in becoming a licensed foster parent or respite provider, please review the More Information Section for information on qualifications, the home study process, and other information.
The first step to becoming a foster parent is to attend orientation meeting prior to participating in the 7-10 week (differs by state) foster parent training course. Here you will learn more about Lifeline’s foster care program and the various requirements for licensure, including state mandated training, the home study process, and Minimum Standards for Foster Homes. Please register for the appropriate orientation meeting.