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Embrace

There are more than 12,000 kids in Michigan without families, permanent homes, or anyone to hug them. That's not okay.

It's time to Embrace...

Through no fault of their own, thousands of overlooked children are in Michigan's foster care system because of abuse, neglect or safety issues. God is giving us the opportunity to help these precious kids through foster care, adoption or mentoring.

And God is calling Kensington to be part of the solution.

Throughout scripture, God promises to be a father to the fatherless and the way He does that is when we open our hearts and our homes on His behalf. Please join us as we prayerfully consider how God may want us to be a part of this solution.

"A father to the fatherless... God sets the lonely in families" (Psalm 68:5-6)

Events

Embrace Informational Meetings - Learn about Foster Care/ Adoption/ Safe Families/ Refugee Foster Care. Talk to agency reps and have your questions answered. Learn how to be involved even if you aren't called to take a child into your home.

  • Check back for future dates!

Monthly Support Groups for Foster/Adoptive Families - Ask questions, engage in open discussions, prayer and encouragement; Topical studies. Meets the third Thursday of each month at Troy Campus from 6:30pm-8:00pm.

  • September 15th
  • October 20th
  • November 17th

Summer Picnic and Play Dates

Foster and Adoptive Family Picnic:
Date: August 24th, 5:30-8:30pm
Location: River Woods Park, on Squirrel Rd in Auburn Hills
Please RSVP to embrace@kensingtonchurch.org

Contact embrace@kensingtonchurch.org with questions.

Embrace the Child - Become a foster/adoptive family

Foster Care

Foster care is a temporary living arrangement for a child that has been removed from their parents' care by a court order. Children are placed into foster care for various reasons. Some children have been abused and/or neglected, some are voluntarily surrendered, and some come into the system after a death in the family when there are no relatives to care for them. Regardless of how a child comes into foster care, the child needs a safe, loving home to nurture them while they are in transition. There are approximately 12,000 children in the Michigan foster care system on any given day. We need your help to let these kids know they are valued and worthy of love. We need caring people to embrace these children and become licensed foster parents.

Agency Support for P.R.I.D.E. Orientation/Training

Frequently Asked Questions.

Foster Care Adoption

In the United States there are over 137,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted, approximately 3000 of these children live in Michigan. Parental rights have been terminated for all of these children and they wait anxiously for a family to call their own. Our hope is that these kids will not languish in foster care only to age out of the system alone, but that each one will be chosen for adoption and receive the gift of a forever family. We need people to embrace these children and begin the adoption process today.

Agency Support for P.R.I.D.E. Orientation/Training

Frequently Asked Questions.

Embrace the Family - Support families in crisis and foster/adoptive families

Safe Families for Children partners with local churches to strengthen and support families in crisis so they can become safe families for their own children. This is done through Host Families (who take in children for short periods of time so the parents can get back on their feet), family friends and family coaches in support of the host family. The parents voluntarily place their children in these host homes before they end up in the foster care system.
Click on the link below for more details.
http//www.safe-families.org/

Family Support

Bringing a new child into your family can be exciting and challenging. Whether the child is a newborn or 17 years old, family dynamics are going change. Our hope is to help foster and adoptive families with some of the obstacles they may encounter and provide them with resources that will help their family thrive. Embrace offers support groups, parenting classes and wrap-around care. Whether you are a foster or adoptive family, we hope you will join us so we can learn from and support one another. If you're someone who can offer your time or skills to assist another family, please be sure to join our Wrap-Around Care Team.

Wrap-around Care - Communicate your needs as a foster/adoptive family or provide support to foster and adoptive families as they transition the many changes in their families with meals, babysitting, transportation, etc. Email our Care Coordinator for needs or willingness to serve at embracecare@kensingtonchurch.org

Frequently Asked Questions.

Embrace the Future - Mentor a 14-20 year old child

Mentoring

Every year in our nation, over 20,000 children waiting to be adopted reach the age of maturity and "age out," or leave the child welfare system without a family or a permanent home to call their own. Statistics show that these young adults are at a significantly higher risk of being homeless, unemployed, parents at an early age, substance abusers or incarcerated. We believe we can change the future of older foster youth (ages 14-20) by engaging in their lives before they age out. We want to look beyond the statistics and focus on individual children who are longing to have someone significant in their lives. We need individuals to embrace the future of these children and become mentors today!

Mentor Training - If interested, contact us at: embrace@kensingtonchurch.org

Frequently Asked Questions.

Resources

Organizations

Christian Alliance for Orphans

An alliance of churches and organizations advocating for orphans locally and worldwide.

Michigan Department of Human Services

An alliance of churches and organizations advocating for orphans locally and worldwide.

Children waiting in the United States

Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE)

Photo listing of children in foster care that are available for adoption in Michigan.

Adopt US Kids

National photo listing of children in foster are waiting for forever families.

Foster Care

Foster Care Navigator

A Michigan resource to navigate the foster care system: agency listings and resource guides.

Foster Care Adoption

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

A national organization that advocates for foster care adoption.

Michigan Foster Care/Adoption Agencies

Foster Care Navigator

These agencies support both foster care and adoption.

  • Contact Us

    Have more questions or have information to share?

    Email us at embrace@kensingtonchurch.org.

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