Since God values children, so should we.
In the United States alone, there are over 500,000 children who are in foster care. Of them 140,000 are considered legal orphans and await their forever family. These children are extremely vulnerable. With God’s presence and help, we as the church can be the solution – one child at a time.
Children are in foster care because of neglect, abuse, or abandonment. Their lives have been surrounded by brokenness. Foster Care is intended to be a temporary solution. The goal is for families of origin to work things out so that children can return to their homes.
Foster parents have the unique opportunity to be an advocate for children who cannot speak up for themselves. Because foster parents are responsible for children in their care 24/7, they often know the child’s situation better than anyone else does. Foster parents have the right and the responsibility to be that invaluable voice in courts where forever decisions are made.
All children need love, security, and a sense of belonging. Foster parents have the opportunity to be as Christ to children in need – to help children heal emotionally and physically, to assure them that they will be safe and cared for, to encourage their talents, hopes and dreams, and to share God’s wonderful love.
No one said foster care was easy. It is about the hardest thing we’ll ever do. We will be s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d in ways we never thought possible, and we will rely on God like we’ve never had to before. The children we cry out for will make us weep; the ones we long to help heal will hurt us; the trauma they’ve been through will pierce our hearts. When we take in the lost and the broken, we become as Christ to them, Foster care is not easy, cheap, or convenient – and neither was the cross.
WHAT WE DO
Your first step to become a Foster Family is to attend a 2 hour Foster Care Information Session. Fostering Grace typically hosts these 3 to 4 times throughout the year.
This 24 Hour class is the Georgia mandated training class for foster and respite families. Fostering Grace hosts IMPACT on campus, but also assists local agencies with their trainings.
This fall, Fostering Grace will host an Introduction to Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) class that runs for 6 weeks. Each class is 2 CEUs. Sundays beginning September 17th, 2017 @ 10:45 in the Encountering Grace room (Room 114, downstairs, main building).
CLICK HERE to register for TBRI.
Fostering Grace provides Care Communities for each of our foster families. A Care Community is a group of 4-6 people that surround and support a specific family by providing meals, babysitting and prayer. In order to serve on a Care Community, we ask that you attend a 1 Hour Volunteer Orientation to learn more about how our Care Communities work. Please e-mail to get more information or to join a team!
During the Christmas season, Grace families have an opportunity to bless a foster family by choosing to purchase a gift for a child from the Angel Tree. This year, our trees will be up on November 1 and can be found in the Foyer, High School Room or LUG Room. All gifts should be returned to Grace on November 19th. Thanks to LUG for organizing this for our Foster Families!
Our Fostering Grace Clothing Closet serves the over 20 foster families across our Grace campuses. Not only are they able to access clothing, but baby gear, diapers, shoes and other supplies that families would have had to purchase themselves.
- Underwear (New)
- Bottles, pacifiers and feeding items (New)
- Small baby equipment (swings, bouncers, baby carriers, baby monitors)
- Children’s books Bibles
- Crib or pack-n-play bedding
- Car Seats (Not Expired)
- High Chairs or Booster Seats
During the months of September and April/May, Grace conducts a diaper drive. All donations provided support our Grace foster families as well as Uniting Hope 4 Children, one of our partner agencies. To donate diapers outside of these months, please e-mail .
Care Portal: Coming Soon to Grace
- Attend an Information Session with Fostering Grace, UH4C, or the agency you plan to foster with.
- Submit Your Initial Paperwork Packet. This will include your Child Protective Services screening, Financial Information and Prior Service history of fostering or adopting. This paperwork will be submitted to the agency you are fostering with.
- Complete IMPACT. Uniting Hope 4 Children’s IMPACT schedule can be found HERE.
- Homestudy: Once you have completed IMPACT, your family will walk through the Homestudy process. A detailed description of all homestudy requirements will be given to you from your agency.
We would love the opportunity to partner you with a Grace foster family. To join a Care Community for one of our foster families, please attend a Volunteer Orientation or e-mail .
Our Clothes Closet, which helps provide clothing and supplies to over 20 foster families across the Grace campuses, relies solely on donations and volunteers from our community. Please e-mail to make a donation or to volunteer in our Clothes Closet.
Resource List for Foster Families
- Grayson Pediatrics, 297 Cooper Rd., Grayson, 30017, Phone: 678-381-2630
- Bi County Gwinnett Pediatrics: 4120 Five Forks Trickum Rd SW #102, Lilburn, 30047
Phone: (770) 923-6400
- Zaman Pediatrics: 2800 Main St W, Snellville, 30078 Phone: 770-979-2600
- Lilburn Pediatrics: 4025 Lawrenceville Hwy #B, Lilburn, 30047
Phone: (770) 381-0307
- Eastside Pediatrics: Dr. Muhammad Ali, 2311 Henry Clower Blvd. Suite D, Snellville, 30078 Phone: (770) 982-0255
- Kids Time Pediatrics: Evening and Weekend Hours (Walk-in Only), 2695 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, 30045
- CHOA Urgent Care 2660 Satellite Blvd., Duluth, 30096 (Walk-in and Reserve a Spot Online)
- Monroe Pediatrics: Located at The Fort
- Kwon Pediatric Dentistry: 2101 Baker Carter Dr. #200, Loganville 30052 Phone: 678-783-6400
- Kool Smiles Address: 4030 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lilburn, 30047 Phone: (678) 534-7325
- Peachtree Children’s Dentistry, 1905 Scenic Hwy S #510, Snellville, 30078 Phone: (770) 979-6400
- Just Kids Dentistry, 1350 Scenic Hwy, Suite 262, Snellville, 30078 Phone: (770) 972-0922
- Noah’s Ark Children’s Dentistry: 2310 Henry Clower Blvd SW, Snellville, 30078 Phone: 678-344-1888
- Kids Play Therapy (OT, ST, PT): 311 Cooper Road, Loganville, 30052 Phone: 678-205-5437
- Joy Caroline Merchan, (SP) 2140 McGee Road, Suite C-280, Phone: 404-422-0178
- All About Kids (OT, SP, PT) 545 Old Norcross Rd. Suite 100, Lawrenceville, 30046, Phone: (678) 377-2833
- Active Kids: Located at The Fort
- Mosaic Counseling Group 99 Cooper Rd Suite A, Loganville, 30052 Phone: (770) 962-0088
- Ann Shannon, Barrow Ministry Village, 251 E Broad St, Winder, 30680, Phone: 770-597-1647
Promise 686 and Live the Promise
In 2013, Grace forged a partnership with Promise686, an organization which exists to equip churches and families to care for vulnerable children. Promise686 was a key tool that the Lord used to enable Grace to support our foster families well through trainings, Care Communities and resources. Since then, Live the Promise, the foster care arm of Promise686 has begun to mobilize families and churches to care specifically for foster children. To find out more about the work of Promise686 and Live the Promise or to find out how they can assist your church in building a Foster Care Ministry, visit www.promise686.org and www.livethepromise.org.
Uniting Hope 4 Children
Our partnership with Uniting Hope 4 Children began out of a deep desire to see our foster families receiving placements in a timely manner. Uniting Hope 4 Children is a faith based non-profit, 501(c)3 that recruits, trains and encourages foster families. Their desire is to place abused and neglected children in safe, loving homes. They believe this is best accomplished through partnering with local churches and recruiting Care Teams. www.uh4c.org