God gave the responsibility to care for the defenseless to those claiming to be followers of Christ. It is through our hands the Father’s love comes, it is through our voices His voice is heard, it is through our efforts and those of the church that His care is revealed.
- Show God’s love to foster and adopted children and families in our community. Our desire is to take part in authentic relationships in the lives of children by sharing our resources and skills to improve their quality of life and to minister to their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs;
- Equip those who respond to God’s call to foster or adopt through support before, during, and after that process;
- Educate people regarding God’s heart for the foster and adopted children in our community.
The most recent research available says that, as of 2018, there were more than 691,000 children in the United States foster care system. 60,000 are located in the state of California, and 451 are located in Butte County. About 40,000 infants are placed in foster care every year. On average, children stay in the system for almost three years before either being reunited with their families or adopted. Nearly 20 % wait five years or more. On average children have three different foster care placements. The study by the Children’s Advocacy Institute found that almost 50 California children died last year in foster care. During that same year, 117,794 children were waiting to be adopted from foster care, and 57,208 were successfully adopted from foster care.
More than 20,000 foster youths aged out of the system — meaning they were still in foster care when they legally became adults because they hadn’t been reunited with their families or weren’t placed with permanent families. Without family support and with the weight of childhood trauma, foster youths are more likely to end up incarcerated, homeless, or addicted to drugs.
However, foster kids can also grow up to achieve great success! Every foster child should have the opportunity to beat these statistics, and there are so many ways that we can help current and former foster children lead their best lives.
Are you a foster or adoptive parent? Do you know of a foster or adoptive family that could use our support? We are here to help and support you in any way we can. Please contact Karan Belmonte at 530.343.6022 Ext. 209 or email karan@efcChico.org to get started.
FOSTER & ADOPTION INFORMATION
Our ministry partner Family Solutions will provide information on the roles and responsibilities of foster/adoptive parents and the process you will need to go through to become licensed to foster or adopt. They will also share about the rewards and real challenges of fostering/adopting. They will provide you with the information you need to decide if fostering is right for your family and guide you in the next steps if you decide to move forward. Click HERE to find out more.
FOSTER & ADOPTION SUPPORT GROUP
Are you a foster and/or adoptive parent? Do you want a place to connect, share experiences, pray together and encourage one another? We know foster and adoptive parents live in a unique world of state regulations, bio-parent visits and licensing guidelines as well as experience the emotions that come along with loving vulnerable children. If you are interested in joining together to gain strength and comfort from fellow believers on their journey to care for children, please contact Karan Belmonte at karan@efcChico.org.
CASA INFORMATIONAL MEETING
Becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is one of the many ways you can support foster children. You can provide a voice by seeking cooperative solutions among individuals and organizations involved in the child’s life. You can give a child the confidence that someone is still on their side and has their best interest at heart. If you are interested in helping foster children and making a real difference in their lives, join us for this informational meeting. Attending the meeting does not commit you to any decision. It only provides you with the information you need to decide if becoming a CASA is right for you and guide you in the next steps if you decide to move forward. Please contact Karan Belmonte at 530.343.6022 Ext. 209 or email karan@efcChico.org for more information.