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Orphan Care . . . How Can You Care? – Part 1

Orphan Sunday – November 13, 2016

Orphan care is not limited to adoption and foster care. Here are 14 practical ways YOU can get involved in caring for orphans at home or around the world.

 

Last week I addressed why orphan care matters.  This week I’d like to share some of the many ways you can be involved in caring for orphans.

I’m not going to categorize them or list them in any particular order.

Every one is legitimate.  Every one is necessary.

You won’t find “adopt a child” or “become a foster parent” on the list.  Those are often the first things that people think of when they consider orphan care.  While those are obviously amazing ways to fulfill God’s expectation to care for orphans, they are not the only ways to care.  You may not be called to adopt a child or become a foster parent.  There are still plenty of practical ways for you to care.

Ways YOU Can Be Involved In Orphan Care – Part 1

(This list got so lengthy that I decided to divide it into two parts; here are the first 14 ideas – a link to 12 more is at the end of this post.)

 

1.  Identify an orphan care organization in your area –  could be a foster agency, adoption agency or other support ministry; contact them and ask how you can serve; they usually have a variety of ways for community members to volunteer

2.  Pray for orphanage workers in other countries – identify a specific orphanage; learn about their current needs and pray regularly

3.  Host a shower for an adopting family – think beyond the child’s needs; what does the family need for traveling or outfitting their home for special medical considerations

4.  Organize a supply collection for a foster family with a new placement – they won’t know exactly what they need until a child is in their home; find out what they need and do the work of calling around to locate and arrange for delivery of things like a crib, carseat and other baby gear or diapers, clothes in appropriate sizes or school and sports supplies

5.  Give Christmas or birthday gifts to local foster care organizations – ask for gender, age and specific interests or requests; in some cases these are the only gifts the children get

6.  Purchase Frosty coupons –  Wendy’s sells special coupon books during September and October; 90% of the purchase price supports the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

7.  Mentor or tutor youth in a local group home – many of these kids do not have positive role models outside the system; a smiling face, a listening ear and a heart that genuinely cares about them can have an incredible impact

8.  Support an adoptive family financially – adoption has many costs attached to it; if you personally know someone who is adopting, offer to contribute to their adoption fees; you can also help provide financial grants for adopting families through organizations like Show Hope and Lifesong for Orphans

9.  Organize a drive to collect items – many ministries, such as Shoes for Orphan Souls or GAiN USA, have special focus projects

10.  Pray for foster families in your church – talk to them, find out what their struggles are and ask how you can uphold them in prayer

11.  Become a safe familySafe Families for Children helps prevent children from becoming orphans

12.  Pray for the children who are waiting for a forever family – websites like AdoptUSKids and RainbowKids showcase children who are waiting to be matched with a family; look at the pictures and pray that God would place them in families who will be able to meet their needs and love them as they are

13.  Help build a children’s home – giving some children a home off the street is the first step toward finding them a family; World Orphans has ongoing projects

14.  Become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) – volunteer to be an advocate for a child who can’t navigate the system on their own; more information at CASA for Children

 

“He has shown you, O man, what is good and what the Lord requires of you – to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”     Micah 6:8

 

How is God calling you to be involved in orphan care?

 

For 12 more ways to help orphans, please see Orphan Care . . . How Can You Care – Part 2.

 

Inclusion of a link does not necessarily imply endorsement of an organization.  Please thoroughly investigate any organization before deciding to support their ministry.

 

Shared on: Coffee & ConversationGrace & TruthMonday’s Musings, Inspire Me Mondays, Missional Call, Art of Homemaking Mondays and Fellowship Fridays.

Comments

  1. Leah Bush says:

    So excited to see Safe Families for Children in your list of ways to help PREVENT children from becoming orphans! We have been participating in Safe Families in different ways for almost 10 years. It is now located all over the United States. We have participated in Chicago and Austin. You can be a host home, case coach, mentor or help support families financially. We were abundantly blessed with donated clothes and toys when we hosted children in our home! It is a wonderful organization to get involved with!

    • So glad you shared your encouraging experience with Safe Families, Leah. We saw them at work when we lived in CA and now our church in KY is offering training for anyone interested in participating. Definitely a wonderful organization that is being and helping others to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those in need. Thanks for taking time to comment.

  2. Brittany at EquippingGodlyWomen.com says:

    Wow, I love this list! and I love that you had so many ideas that you had to break it into two parts. I DO want to be a foster mom someday, and I’ve thought that my husband would make a great CASA worker, but there are tons of ideas here I never would have thought of! Thank you so much for sharing with us on Equipping Godly Women Fellowship Fridays!

    • Thanks, Brittany. I think being both a foster and adoptive parent has given me insight into things that most people aren’t aware of. I’m hoping people actually read the second half of the list!

  3. You have shared some very doable ideas here! Thank you for linking this list with the Art of Home-Making Mondays and may this message be fruitful!

  4. Abi, I stopped by from Fellowship Fridays and am so blessed by your post. As an adoptive mom, I can tell you that the prayers and support of our friends and family were invaluable to us during the adoption process and in the years that followed. We couldn’t have done it without such a loving community walking with us each step of the way! I’m really looking forward to reading your next post and more from you in general. So delighted to find you today! 🙂

    • Thanks for visiting, Tarissa. Our family was also blessed with tremendous support from family and friends during our fostering and adopting journeys. Definitely a blessing to be surrounded by community during those times.

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