Causes

Restoring all things: church-based foster care and what you can do

If you examined the number of churches and pro-life organizations that have thrown themselves into the foster care and adoption problem in this country, you would be hard-pressed to conclude that they don’t care about living human beings.

By Warren Cole Smith for Breakpoint

The United States has more than 440,000 children in foster care. According to Naomi Schaefer Riley of the American Enterprise Institute, “Most foster-care agencies are faith-based. If we shut down faith-based foster agencies, those children will have a much harder time finding homes.”

Make no mistake: The estimated 300,000 churches in this country can do more. If every church in the country saw to it that just one child was adopted out of the foster care system, the foster care crisis in the country would mostly disappear, and hundreds of thousands of kids would be placed in permanent, Christian homes. That would be a powerful witness to the world and would have a multi-generational impact on the children adopted.

But, again, the church is not AWOL – absent without leave – on this issue. I placed a simple query on Facebook: “If you know of a church actively involved in foster care, please email me at wsmith@colsoncenter.org.” I got dozens of replies within a few hours, far more than I could follow-up with immediately, or include in a column of just a few hundred words.

Read the full story at BreakPoint. 
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