Foster Care and Adoption Foster Care and Adoption

Mission

Our mission is to fulfill the commands in scripture to help the orphans, the fatherless, those without a family. Whether it is through foster care or adoption, Safe Families for Children, Refugee Foster Care, or Mentoring.

For more information email carol.verville@kensingtonchurch.org.

Statistics

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400,000 children in foster care in the U.S – equivalent to the populations of Atlanta, Georgia, or Washington DC
13,000 kids in foster care in Michigan

Foster kids who age out:
61% end up homeless within the first year
Less than 3% make it to college and less than 1% will receive their degree
Less than 50% have a high school diploma or GED
Over 50% are unemployed and over 80% will become a parent and receive public assistance within 2 years of aging out.
80% of Federal and State prison inmates had been in foster care at 1 point in their lives.
These stats are daunting and we-the church- must do something!

Events

Monthly Support Groups for Foster/Adoptive Families:

Being a parent isn’t easy and navigating the foster care system or adoption process can add another layer to an already challenging journey. Join us as we offer support, encouragement, resources and conversation on the 3rd Thursdays of each month at 6:30pm at the Troy Campus. For more info or to RSVP (can come without an RSVP) contact carol.verville@kensingtonchurch.org
Upcoming dates in 2017:

  • April 20
  • May 18
  • June 15
  • September 21
  • October 19
  • November 16

Wrap-around Care:

Provide meals, or possibly transportation to appointments, or help with babysitting, or other needs that foster families have. Email carol.verville@kensingtonchurch.org


What You Can Do

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/

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 carol.verville@kensingtonchurch.org

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.

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.

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: carol.verville@kensingtonchurch.org

Resources

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.

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 Navigator

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

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

A national organization that advocates for foster care adoption.

Mission 1:17 is located in Oakland County. Mission 1:17 provides positive opportunities and relationships for youth in foster care in addition to housing for young men between the ages of 16-21. To request more information about this resource go to: http://themission117.org or (248) 266-8045.

Children Resource Center provides resources to foster/adoptive parents such as clothes, shoes, diapers, formula and baby needs such as high chairs and strollers. To request more information about this resource, call (248) 767-3839.

MARE provides a photo listing as well as opportunities for approved adoptive parents to meet foster children who are waiting to be adopted. (800) 589-6273 mare.org.

For the Seventh Generation supports foster children by matching donated services and goods with the children who need them such as clothing, house hold items as well as music lessons through their new programs Play it Forward. For the Seventh Generation gives individuals and organizations the opportunity and structure that allows them to make a huge difference in the lives of foster children, one child at a time. To request more information about this resource, visit fortheseventhgeneration.org or call (313) 961-6120.

Foster Closet of Michigan provides clothing, toys, shoes, baby equipment, and, in some cases, furniture to children placed in the foster care system in State of Michigan. To request more information about this resource, visit fosterclosetofmichigan.org or call (800) 554-4966.

Foster Youth in Transition (YIT) provides resources, assistance and support to foster care youth over 14 to become independent. The support includes assistance to obtain a car, resources for job employment, education support, graduation expenses and housing assistance. To request more information about this resource, click here or call (517) 373-9219.

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