Foster Care Ministry
God is a Father who cares radically for vulnerable kids, and who calls his people to “care for the orphan and the widow.” (James 1:27) On any given day in Multnomah County, 3,000 vulnerable children are in foster care. Our vision is to equip and support families to welcome the vulnerable children of our city into Christ-centered, loving and stable homes. Our dream is that God will use the body of Christ to reverse the wait list in our city: one day, instead of waiting children there will be waiting families, equipped and prepared to receive the next little ones in need of a welcoming home.
Ways to Get Involved:
- Take the Class: Becoming a foster family is intimidating: what will the impact be on our marriage? On our existing kids? Are we prepared to deal with the physical and emotional abuse many children carry? What kind of rest and support resources do we need to be healthy and thrive? This class provides a biblical framework and practical resources for people interested in exploring foster care (offered Fall & Spring).
- Connection: How do I get connected with other foster families at Imago Dei? We host events for foster families to connect with one-another at places like OMSI, the zoo, bowling and more. We also have an e-mail group to connect with other foster families online for advice, resource and support.
- Respite Care: “I don’t feel ready to become a foster family, but I want to support those who are.” Join our respite network and become certified to offer childcare for our foster families to get an occasional much needed night out on the town!
- Foster Parent Night Out: Our monthly event serving foster families in our city: they get to drop their kids off at the church for a night out on the town and we provide a warm meal and fun games for the kids.
- Welcome Boxes: Before children get placed with new families, they often spend hours waiting, nervous and scared, at the DHS office. Your family or home community can assemble “Welcome Boxes” to serve kids with a fun and welcoming gift to play with while they’re waiting for a family.