Foster Care & Adoption

oneFamily Orphan Care Ministry

One church family making a difference one family at a time.

Our Vision: To be imitators of God by loving, serving and meeting the needs of orphaned and at-risk children as one church family.

Our Mission: To educate, encourage and equip the body of Christ to care for orphans and at-risk children. As adopted sons and daughters of Christ, join God in his work in sharing the gospel, supporting biological families and providing safe families and help for children in need.

Upcoming Events

The Retreat

A place for adoptive and foster moms to refuel, relax and connect!

  • Tuesday, December 5
  • 7:30-9:00 pm in the Student Cafe (G-Building)
  • Best Tips for Thriving (and Surviving!) the Holidays
  • Join us for Christmas cookies, conversation and community!

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How Can I Help?

Community of Care Roles

First Responders

When a child comes into care, a foster family often gets only a few hours to prepare for their arrival. If you sign up to be a First Responder, you will get notifications about new foster placements and what might be needed immediately on their first night (ie, formula, diapers, clothing, etc.) Click here to be added to the First Responder team.

Meals

Foster families have a lot of adjustments to make as they welcome new children into their home. It is a blessing for them to receive meals at the beginning of their journey as well as during difficult/busy times. Click here to be added to the Meals team.

Babysitting

Do you want to be a valuable help to a local foster family? Having trained and loving babysitters available to help both foster and biological children helps immensely as families try to attend trainings, therapy sessions, doctor’s appointments and also just have an evening out. We are looking for individual babysitters as well as couples who have different availabilities (weekdays, weeknights, weekends). Click here to learn more about joining the Babysitting team.

Prayer Team

Will you commit to pray for our foster and adoption ministry? Prayer is powerful as we serve these vulnerable children. If you sign up for the Prayer team, you will be emailed on a regular basis with prayer requests surrounding our foster children, foster families, adoptive families and ministry goals. Click here to be added to our Prayer team.

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Hospitality

DBC hosts multiple foster care and volunteer trainings a year and we are looking for a team of people who enjoy shopping, setting up food and drinks, and basically creating a warm and inviting environment to support foster families and volunteers. Click here to be added to the Hospitality team.

Special Events/Service Projects

Throughout the year, oneFamily offers special events to support foster/adoptive families in the community (Family Fun Nights) as well as service projects (ex. Undie Sundays, Backpack collection). We need people who enjoy doing short-term, fun projects that make a big impact! Click here to be added to our Special Events/Service Projects team.

Respite Care

Foster families need support and one of the biggest blessings (for them and for the kids) is for foster children to be able to spend the weekend with a trained and loving respite family. Respite care providers receive the same training as foster parents and undoubtedly form relationships with the children and foster families that can last a lifetime. Click here to receive more information about Respite Care.

Foster Parent

There are children in foster care who need a loving and safe home. They need someone who will help them heal, get them the support and services they need and to know that someone believes in them. We need families and singles who are willing to show the love of Christ to a vulnerable child or sibling group. And DBC is committed to surrounding every foster parent with a Community of Care (babysitters, respite care, prayer, support, training, etc.) so no one fosters alone. Click here for more information about becoming a Foster Parent.

Helpful Resources

Christian Alliance for Orphans: The Christian Alliance for Orphans unites more than 100 respected Christian organizations and a national network of churches. Working together, their joint initiatives inspire, equip and connect Christians to “defend the fatherless” (Isaiah 1:17). Ultimately, they seek to stimulate and help grow Christian communities committed to adoption, foster care and global orphan care in the local church.

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Focus on the Family: Focus on the Family is a global Christian ministry dedicated to helping families thrive. They provide help and resources for couples to build healthy marriages that reflect God’s design, and for parents to raise their children according to morals and values grounded in biblical principles.

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Show Hope: Show Hope is a ministry that enables individuals and communities to change the world for orphans by not only addressing a child’s need for food, shelter, care, and spiritual nourishment, but by also addressing the root issue for an orphan: the lack of a family.

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Foster Care Support Foundation: The mission of the Foster Care Support Foundation is to strengthen the ability of foster families to meet the needs of their foster children by implementing a community based resource and education that can decrease abuse and neglect in foster care and the need for institutionalized care.

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Scripture Reading

"I will not leave you as orphans—I will come to you." John 14:18

"But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children." Galatians 4:4-5

"I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one for the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:40

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27

"He defends the cause for the fatherless." Deuteronomy 10:18

"May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify God." Romans 15:5-6

"The Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children." Romans 8:15-16

"Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed." Psalm 82:3

"He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will." Ephesians 1:5

"Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." Ephesians 5:1-2

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these." Mark 12:30-31

"Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." 1 Corinthians 15:58

"Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me." Mark 9:37

"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve." Mark 10:45

"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." Mark 10:14

"A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families." Psalm 68:5-6a

"There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all." Ephesians 4:4-6

"But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless." Psalm 10:14

 
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