God has put a desire on my heart to serve the foster care community for many years. I wholeheartedly believe that not everyone is called to foster or adopt a child, but anyone can make a difference in the life of a child in the foster care system. Whether it's by providing community support a foster family, giving to a foster care non-profit, or using your business to serve this community, everyone has the ability to do something.
The I Belong Project uplifts the stories, faces and voices of kids in foster care who are eligible for adoption to help connect them with forever families.
WRAP is a tool that helps mobilize people of the local faith community to support adoptive and foster families and the children they care for. WRAP stands for:
Words of Encouragement, Respite Care, Acts of Service, and Prayer.
If your business relies on kids, families and parents to grow, you have the opportunity and privilege to show up for kids and families in foster care by creating an exclusive service offering or discount to support foster families.
Do you own a construction company? Furniture store? You can use your business and resources to help get an Isaiah 117 house ready to open its doors.
Isaiah 117 House relies on local volunteers to welcome and lavishly love on youth that enter through their red doors. You can sign up to serve at the Knoxville home and share the hope and message of "you are not alone" with children in our community who desperately need to hear it.
When children are removed from their homes out of concern for their safety, they are usually brought to a child welfare services office to await placement. This wait can be a few hours to several days. These children often have nothing with them and are scared, lonely, hungry, and in dirty clothing.
Isaiah 117 provides a comforting home where these children instead can be brought to wait – a place that is safe with friendly and loving volunteers who provide clean clothes, smiles, toys, and snuggly blankets. This space allows children to receive the comfort and care they need while child welfare staff can do the necessary paperwork and identify a good placement.