Monthly Archives: November 2013

Foster Parent Classes Begin in January!

Did you know that it costs virtually nothing to adopt through the foster care system?  Most agencies offer foster parent training classes in January.  Check with your local agency or county to learn more for your specific area.  If you live in Albany County, NY foster parent Orientation will be held on Tuesday, 12/17 at 2pm and 5pm at their 112 State St., Albany, NY location.  Gather info and get your questions answered at Orientation, and then sign up for the MAPP classes (foster parent training) which begin on January 9, 2014.  Visit www.albanycounty.com/cyf/ for more information.

Foster parenting can be short-term care, long-term care, respite, and even adoption.  Defend the cause of the fatherless…(Isaiah 1:17) through foster care today!

It’s National Adoption Month!

In honor of National Adoption Month we’d like to share some ideas on how you can help the orphan and waiting child:

1.  Pray for them as an individual, family, Church, Sunday school class, or youth group.

2.  Speak up for them by telling others about the needs of orphans, pastors can preach James 1:27 from the pulpit, churches can celebrate Orphan Sunday.

3.  Provide for their needs by donating to reputable orphanages or orphan care ministries, collect school supplies, clothing, or Christmas gifts for children in      foster care.

4.  Support those who support them by organizing meals for new adoptive/foster parents, have a baby shower for adoptive families even if they’re adopting older children.

5.  Protect them from harm by becoming a foster parent, donate to transition homes to help kids “aging out” of the system stay off the streets and keep them safe from human traffickers.

6.  Visit them where they are by going on a mission trip to an orphanage, take dinner to a foster group-home on a regular basis or invite them over for a holiday meal.

7.  Give sacrificially to them by contributing generously to an adoptive family to help offset their costs.

8.  Encourage them to press on by sponsoring a child, support them financially, and send them encouraging letters.  Become a mentor or tutor to a teenager in a foster group-home.

9.  Adopt them into your family through international, domestic, or foster care adoption.  Mentor a young adult who has aged out of the foster care system.

10.  Mobilize your church for them by becoming a catalyst in your church for starting an orphan ministry.

These ideas came from resources provided by Hopefororhans.org.

Orphan Sunday at Goodwill Church in Montgomery, NY!

On Orphan Sunday Sandra Flach, along with her teens Sierra and Andrii Flach, represented JFO at Goodwill Church in Montgomery, NY.  JFO was there along with The Sound of Life radio ministry broadcasting live from 8-11am to celebrate Orphan Sunday!  Sandra spoke at both the 9am and 11:30am services sharing orphan statistics, God’s call for the Church to care for orphans, and ways the Church and JFO can help.  It was an amazing day connecting with believers at a church that surely has a heart for the fatherless.  Goodwill Church has committed to sponsoring 300 children in an Ethiopian village through World Vision.  We also met many adoptive and foster families – including Pastor Torres and his wife!  Many visited the JFO table to learn more about foster care too.  We were blessed to celebrate Orphan Sunday at Goodwill Church!

Orphan Sunday Celebrations!

We at Justice For Orphans were blessed to be part of 2 Orphan Sunday celebrations on 11/3!  Mary Slager hosted the event at Gospel Community Church in Coxsackie, NY.  The morning included a balloon release and prayer for orphans, the video presentation “You Will Be Found – Glimpses of Orphan Sunday in Ukraine” and a personal testimony from former Ukrainian orphan, Sergey Slager.  Serg is a 22 year old young man who was adopted at age 9 by the Slagers.  He has a heart for the orphans in Ukraine and will be returning to Ukraine in January to participate with YWAM’s Discipleship Training School.  He desires to go be equipped to walk out the vision God has given him to minister to Ukraine’s orphans!