Obeying God’s command to care for our vulnerable children.
God has uniquely called and equipped the local church to care for orphans and vulnerable children. In Dallas County, there are 475 children who are waiting for families and 2,864 children who are currently in foster care (Annual Report and Data Book. Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, 2014). There is much work to be done and every Christ follower has a part to play. Below you will find three ways, of varying degrees, to get involved in answering God’s call to care for our orphans and most vulnerable children.
I Want to Answer the Call
Meet One-Time Needs
- Provide tangible items such as toiletries, travel bags, clothing, or school supplies for children leaving emergency situations.
- Collect items for kinship kits such as smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and outlet covers to help loving relatives keep families together.
- Advocate and raise awareness for orphans and vulnerable children by promoting programs such as Orphan Sunday.
Care for Those on the Front Lines
- Provide wrap around support for local foster and adoptive families through providing meals, baby showers, acts of service, mentoring, and respite care or hosting a parents’ night out or support group at your church.
- Encourage and support local agencies caring for vulnerable children by adopting a caseworker to pray for and encourage, signing up to receive monthly e-mails of needs, or renovating family meeting rooms.