Christians and Foster Care

In the Greco-Roman period, one of the ways parents got rid of unwanted children was through exposure. They would simply take the infant to an isolated area and leave it. Sure they had abortion in those days, but it was too dangerous to use. Exposing infants was a safer form of birth control. Safer that is, for the mother. Christians, appropriately following the Words of Christ to Love their neighbor, would save these children from certain death by raising them as their own.

Thankfully, this sort of baby killing is rare today. Although abortion is a scourge that continues to harm the weakest among us and severely damages the mother and father (not to mention the moral stain), abortion is not the subject of this blog. I would like to talk about another group of throw-away children, those in the foster care program. Foster care children are youngsters who have usually been removed from a home due to the neglect or abuse by the parent(s). The state seeking to protect the child, takes it from the family home and places him/her into the home of a caretaker.

Care of these emotionally and often physically harmed, children is difficult. It requires deep patience, commitment and most of all an undying love to do what is in the child’s best interest. I am writing to call Christians to consider the opportunity of serving the Lord in opening their homes to foster children. Certainly this is not a call for every believer. But surely there are a small minority of Christians qualified and called by God to take on this incredible responsibility, to care for a child made in the image of God.

I only ask that we as Christians reflect on this question by asking ourselves is being a foster parent something that God wants me to do? The fact is Saints, a generation of children are in desparate need of stable, mature, and loving adults willing to sacrifice their time, talent and treasure to help them put their lives back together. I can only say, while the cost will be incredibly high, the rewards will truly be out of this world. Acquire instructional work of the solid quality try here in addition achieve triumph.

Why not prayerfully consider this today?

© 2006 Stephen Vantassel

  1. I work in a neonatal unit, looking after premature babies, drug withdrawal babies and full term babies, who have various difficulties within their first hours, days of life. Please, please, please prayerfully consider what Stephen suggests: we (as a medium sized unit) don’t have many babies requiring fostering, but the fact remains that we do have some. You may, or may not like babies per se, but the feedback and emotional interaction you get from each one of them is wonderful, amazing and truly rewarding. It is the best job I’ve had, and wouldn’t change for the world! I see God do some wonderful things through the multi-disciplinary team, but also miraculously – after NINE minutes without a heart beat (despite giving adrenaline, bicarbonateone and other life support drugs) a twenty six week baby suddenly came to life. After another ten weeks of ventilatory support, and then another four weeks without, the baby was sent to a foster home. The various agencies would welcome your social empathy, and love for these little ones. Thank you for your anticipated prayers.

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