Last week, we prayed for our city, asking that the church steps up for vulnerable children and families. This week, join us in praying for the children in foster care and the families who care for them. Thanks to DC127 Church Coordinator Megan Roberts for writing the blog!
For the children in foster care and those caring for them:
In DC alone, around 1,000 children and teens are living in foster care and over 100 of these children need to be adopted. DC is also currently facing a shortage of foster homes to care for these children.
In DC, 95% of children in the foster care system are African American, compared to 24% nationally, reflecting incredible disproportionality. As we pray for foster care in DC, let’s not forget we must also pray and advocate for racial justice in the systems that affect these children’s lives.
In Matthew 18, as Jesus’ disciples ask him who the greatest in the Kingdom is. Jesus uses a child to remind us that in heaven, those who humble themselves, not those who seek exultation, will be considered the greatest. He makes this bold declaration:
“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me”
This week, will you join us in praying for:
- Families currently fostering or in the licensing process: Pray that they would find the resources they need to foster or adopt and care for children well. Pray that God continually provides the strength, support, and resources they need to thrive. Pray that churches would be strong sources of support for families.
- The children in foster care: Pray that each child would receive the comfort of Christ, and that their stay in foster care will be short. Pray that children will be reunified with their families, and for the children who need to be adopted, pray that an adoptive home is found quickly.
- New families created through adoption and foster care: Pray that God will bind them together and they would be full of Christ-like love, joy, and peace.
- More foster and adoptive homes: Pray for more people to step up to foster and adopt from foster care until there are enough homes for every child, and pray that the churches of Washington, DC will be able to support these families.
- For justice in the systems surrounding foster care: Pray for other government systems to uplift and care for the poor.
Thank you for praying with us!
Interested in finding more ways of helping your city?
Here are resources to help you get more involved:
- Check out the DC127 website for volunteer opportunities
- Read this blog from a foster dad on 15 things he’d change when his family first started fostering
- Learn more about being a mentor to a child in foster care
- Read one foster parent’s perspective on caring for a child who might leave his house one day
Watch a powerful 4-minute video from performance poet Shaun Welcome, sharing stories of children in foster care:
Watch four successful college graduates talk about their lives post foster care and the advice they have for current kids in the foster care system: