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1. Is God calling all believers to be involved with foster care and adoption, or just those who are interested in it?
All of us are not called to foster or adopt but all of us are called to care for orphans in some way. When you study the history of the church, it has always been at its best when it is caring for the most vulnerable members of society. -Aaron
2. In the New Testament, the focus of the church seems to shift toward welcoming people into the kingdom of God as opposed to showing God’s justice like Israel is called to do in the Old Testament. How should churches balance outreach and fighting for causes of social justice like foster care, and what is the Biblical basis for that balance?
In Scripture we sometimes see that injustice is a barrier to welcoming people into the Kingdom. For instance, when the Israelites were enslaved in Egypt by Pharaoh, then in the early church when Gentiles were initially excluded, or with Jesus when the lepers and children were pushed away. There certainly is a move in Scripture toward welcoming people into the Kingdom but there is a consistent theme throughout of God calling the church in the power of the Spirit to remove the barriers that keep people from worshiping God, whether those barriers be social or spiritual. –Aaron
3.When considering stepping in to fulfill a need close to God’s heart, like fostering or adoption, the presence of doubt can be numbing. What are your suggestions for overcoming the doubt that exists for potential foster parents (available time, resources, budget, etc.)
It really can be quite daunting when you consider all that is required in being a foster parent, and I would never want to minimize the commitment that it takes to do it. However, our hope with DC127 is that we will create structures and supports that will help make being a foster parent less daunting. The idea is that it really does take a village to raise a child and our church, along with other churches, can help be that village. Even though it does seem daunting it is doable and possible, and with DC127 we are hoping that it is a lot more doable and possible for many other people.
4. I teach high school in the city and work with several kids living in foster care. What advice can you give to people who work and interact with kids to reach them the best way we can?
As a teacher working with foster kids, it is important to be as much of a constant or consistent presence in their life as possible. Make sure the children are integrated into the classroom as any child would be, but also provide grace for the times when they are not doing well. Also, provide space for them to work through things or even work at a pace that is best for them. You may also have an awesome opportunity to be a friend to a child or teen who needs someone that is constant and outside of what they are experiencing in foster care.
5. How would I become an adoption or foster care social worker? I am currently working on sociology major in college but want to pursue this career.
If you want to be a foster care social worker, you will want to finish your undergraduate degree and then look for a Masters of Social Work program to get you MSW. Once you have your MSW, you take a licensing test and you can then work for any private or government agency as a foster care social worker.