Caring For Foster Families
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
If you feel called to be more hands-on in your service of the foster families in our church, there are several more ways you can help…
Our kids ministry needs volunteers, and in a very direct way, this serves orphans. Kids who aren’t comfortable in new situations need compassionate and patient volunteers in kid’s ministry as they may act out in fear even after they have had a chance to familiarize with the environment.
To learn about how to serve in our kids ministry, e-mail Nicole Ramirez, Children’s Ministry Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
Foster kids often have negative associations with mealtimes or may not be comfortable with a caregiver diverting their attention – this makes cooking very difficult. If you become aware of a new foster placement in the church, insist on bringing food (after checking for any allergies or aversions). And then a few weeks later, insist on bringing another meal. And repeat as often as you feel lead. Add in easy snacks if you can; these are life savers for families!
If you are already friends with a foster family, be a good friend – bring them coffee, sit and listen to their discouragements, run an errand, clean something when they aren’t looking, switch the laundry (the never-ending laundry). Good friendships are hard to maintain with busy schedules. Be willing to put in the extra effort to remain a friend.
If you feel equipped to provide a high level of support, consider becoming approved to offer respite care to foster families. The requirements and guidelines vary by county but don’t be discouraged from finding out the process. It can be very difficult for foster kids to be in the care of new people. Familiarize yourself with the policies, get approved to offer care, and learn the best ways to be involved in their lives, given they may struggle with abandonment issues.
Meet The Fajardos
My name is Holly Fajardo and my husband, Colin, and I have four children: Grayson (6), Graham (4), Jackson and Jamison (2). Colin works full-time in the banking industry, and I own and operate a salon part-time. We love camping, reading, bike riding, and playing baseball. Colin was raised in the church and I came to know the Lord through a neighbor when I was young.
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
God began preparing Colin and I to become foster parents over a decade ago. At the time, we would both passively acknowledge a tugging at our hearts, but felt that the timing was in our control, and in the much distant future. We started attending Folsom Community Bible Church in 2013 and knew right away that we had found a body of Christ that was producing the sort of fruit we wanted our family to produce. The leadership is sacrificial and prayerful, and the community is full of people exemplifying our own calling to care for orphans. But still, we were passive. We moved to a larger home, and the pulling on our hearts grew a little stronger. The empty rooms constantly reminded me of God’s desire for us to share our undeserved blessings…