When a child enters foster care, the first goal is always to reunite them with their families as soon as it’s safe to do so. Reunification is a beautiful portrait of the Gospel (Luke 15:11-32), and mirrors the redemption we receive from God. Unfortunately, only half of all children in the foster system are ever reunited with their families, and a third of those return to foster care within three years. This is why it’s also so important to support struggling families before children are ever removed. Every mom and dad should be able to get the help they need to keep their family together.
This week, will you pray with us for:
- Children who are struggling: Pray they experience peace and calm, and know they are loved and are able to establish a sense of stability wherever they are
- Parents who are working to reunite with their children: Pray for strength in what can be a very long and difficult process, and for them to get access to the resources, encouragement, and support they need
- Foster parents who are caring for children temporarily: Pray for them as they strengthen the child’s relationship with his/her biological family, and for comfort when that child eventually goes home
- Social workers and organizations working with parents: Pray for wisdom as they make decisions about next steps and resources, compassion as they encounter difficult situations, and strength as their days are often very long
- Safe Families for Children and other prevention initiatives: Pray for them to be connected with the families who need their support, and for these initiatives to get the volunteers and financial resources they need
Thank you for praying with us!
Interested in learning more about reunification?
Here are some resources and ways you can be involved:
- Learn how you can support a struggling family in Washington, DC through Safe Families for Children
- Here’s a webinar on how the church can play a role in reuniting biological families through foster care
- Read one foster parent’s perspective on caring for a child who might leave his house one day
Watch a 4-minute story from a foster dad on how God taught him the importance of loving a child’s biological family:
And here’s a 7-minute video from the Executive Director the national Safe Families for Children network on why prevention work is so important:
Thank you to Megan Roberts for her help on this blog!