On any given day there are more than 400,000 children in foster care.  Over the course of a year nearly 700,000 children spend at least some time in foster care.  Approximately 254,000 will leave foster care this year, nearly 128,000 will be reunified with their families, another 52,000 will find new loving families through adoption and 36,000 will stay with a guardian or with their families through kinship care.  But at the same time 28,000 youth will leave foster care because they became too old and they “aged” out of foster care and 1500 will run away. 

Grace Church of La Verne partners with and supports a few agencies that offer a range of foster and adoption services. We would like to act as a conduit between families who have a heart for this kind of ministry and the networks that can best facilitate. If you’d like to get involved in the foster community via either donation, foster family support, or fostering a child please see the information below.


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Serenity, Inc.

Serenity is a full-service foster and adoption network. Grace supports Serenity largely through item donation to help foster families as they begin to care for new children as well as to supply their Therapeutic Learning Center.

For detailed information on supporting Serenity or utilizing their services, please visit their website at www.serenitykids.com.

 

Olive Crest: Safe Families for Children

Safe Families for Children is a temporary placement program for children whose parents are going through a crisis or short-term struggle. The church community is the primary resource in the Safe Family model.

If you might be interested in becoming a Safe Family or part of the surrounding support system, please visit their website at www.safe-families.org.

 

Focus on the Family's Adoption and Orphan Care

The Adoption and Orphan Care Initiative is a nationwide effort that works collaboratively with different state, county, church, and adoption agencies to find forever families for children across the country. The two main components of their initiative are recruitment events and post-placement resources.

For more information on how you can get involved in this initiative, please visit www.icareaboutorphans.org.


UPCOMING EVENTS

September 29 @ First Christian Church in Pomona   
Organized by FosteringHome.org, this is a community and faith-based event designed to jump-start the path to becoming a foster or adoptive parent. Please click here for full details or to register.

For more information on how you can be a part of God's solution and get resources from agencies ready to guide you in this process, please contact Kassandra Vana at kassandra@gracechurchlaverne.org.