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Orphan Care . . . How Can You Care? – Part 2

Orphan Sunday – November 13, 2016

Not called to foster or adopt but still want to get involved in orphan care? Read through this list for 12 MORE practical ways to help orphans.


This is a continuation of a previous post.  Click on Orphan Care . . . How Can You Care – Part 1 for the first half of the list.


If you haven’t read Orphan Care . . . Why Should You Care?, please start there for a biblical explanation of why this topic is important.


MORE Ways Anyone Can Care For Orphans


15.  Provide respite care for foster families – a couple days of “vacation” gives a foster family much needed refreshment (usually requires certification; every state and county has its own laws)

16.  Contribute to an orphans and widows fund – Voice of the Martyrs and Gospel for Asia have programs dedicated to this purpose

17.  Participate in fundraising events – spaghetti dinners, t-shirt sales, clothing swaps, run/walks – the list of ways that people around you are raising money for orphan care is endless; your personal involvement encourages the people involved as much as your financial contribution helps the cause

18.  Become a certified babysitter – foster parents can be required to have someone certified (fingerprinting and background check) to watch the children in their care when necessary

19.  Monitor family visits – many children in foster care have regular visits with birth family or other relatives that require supervision; find out how you could provide this service

20.  Invite families and children into your home – if you know families in your neighborhood who provide foster care, befriend them! Thank them for their ministry, invite them into your home, invite them to church, offer to take the kids to Sunday school, VBS, 5 Day Clubs or other events

21.  Purchase and send supplies – a list of clothing, medical and nutritional supplies needed by Show Hope’s Special Care Centers can be found here

22.  Participate in a mission trip – Show Hope offers short-term trips to serve orphans in various countries; Lifesong for Orphans also offers over-seas trips

23.  Join or start a Movement Club in your school – high school students, this initiative from Show Hope is for you

24.  Write letters to children – Lifesong for Orphans has an Adopt An Orphanage program that will set you up to do this

25.  Get involved in the Red Bus Project – this mobile thrift store may be visiting a college campus near you

26.  Mentor a foster youth who is aging out of the system – children are graduated from the system when they reach 18, but they are not always prepared to be our on their own; help them learn life skills, find job training, find a living situation; include them in your family celebrations


Other websites to check out:

Christian Alliance for Orphans

Orphan Care Alliance

Hope for Orphans


“The the righteous will answer Him saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? And when did we see you sick or in prison and come to You?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even to the least of them, you did it to me.'”     Matthew 25:37-40


Any other ideas you would add to the list? Please include them in the comments.


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  1. dawnklinge says:

    I love these ideas. I have wanted to adopt over the years, and it just hasn’t worked out yet with our circumstances, but these ideas are practical ways to help, now. Thank you for sharing these, Abi. Something I’ll add, that I’ve done (it goes along with the mentoring an older child) is to teach cooking classes, one on one.

    • One on one cooking classes are a great way to encourage, build relationship and teach a valuable life skill, Dawn. Times like that often make an impact greater than we ever know.

  2. Brittany at EquippingGodlyWomen.com says:

    Can you explain the first one more, I’m not sure what you mean? (Providing respite care)

    • As a “respite provider” you basically give a full-time foster parent a short break by caring for their placement in your home, usually for an overnight or a couple days. You would go through all the same training and certification processes to be qualified as a foster parent, but rather than accept long-term placements you would be available to care for children when their foster parents were not available. Examples might be family emergencies, a weekend away of an out of state vacation that was not approved for the child. Hope that helps. Feel free to ask more questions.

      • Brittany at EquippingGodlyWomen.com says:

        I never knew that was an option That sounds awesome. I completely have my heart set on being a foster parent someday and my husband has known this since before he married me, but he wants us to wait until our kids are grown. That might be a good step to start off with though! Honestly, I think that when the time is right, God is just going to bring the right child into our lives so we won’t have a choice but to say yes. At least–I hope so!

        • Yes – great way to start learning and “get your feet wet.” My husband wasn’t comfortable with fostering at first either, but God changes hearts! Our times are in His hands; sometimes things happen sooner that we expected, other times much, much later (or never), but God’s timing is always just right.

  3. Love practical ideas to get involved, as not everyone may be called to adopt/foster themselves. Thanks so much for sharing!
    Visiting from Inspired By Me Mondays; hope to see you again this week! Rachael @ Diamonds in the Rough

  4. What a great gift to give and share so that encouragement flows into hearts and hands! 🙂 Thanks for your efforts and the work involved to make this available. We are really interested in sending letters to the orphans.

  5. The Peaceful Haven says:

    Thank you for this post…my son was an orphan but is now a 24 year old man who is a part of our family! We adopted him when he was 16 and we have never regretted doing it!

    • Thank you for sharing that, Janelle. We’ve adopted all of ours very young, but I’m so thankful for (and admire) those who are willing and able to adopt teens. They desperately need families also.

  6. Thank you for this post. I’m a mom who has adopted, but this is something that we should all be concerned about. Thanks for compiling this list. Visiting from Golden Reflections Blog.

    • Our kids are adopted as well (and I’ve appreciated the True Stories on your blog). Hopefully this list will help many to see ways they can help even if adoption isn’t right for them. Thanks for visiting.


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