“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” – James 1:27
When James, the brother of Jesus, wrote these words, it was a call for believers to step up and clearly meet a genuine need that existed within the community – to care for the orphans and widows.
Some two millennia later, the call of the “Big ‘C’ Church” has not changed. We are still to be the hands and feet of Jesus in a world that desperately needs not only to hear the Gospel, but see it demonstrated.
One place this need is readily apparent is in our foster care and adoption communities in South Carolina. Our state has more than 4,000 children currently in foster care with some 800 that could be adopted.
While not everyone is called to meet this demand as a foster or adoptive parent, the Church has numerous opportunities to serve the foster care and adoption community. Things like:
- Clothing drives for children
- Backpacks for students in foster care
- Supports for parents who are fostering or going through adoption
- Creating family visitation rooms within local churches where biological and foster families can meet, creating opportunities for parents and their children to bond during the fostering period
- Hosting luncheons for social workers who are carrying caseloads of children and families who are, all too often, in crisis.
The list can go on and on because the needs are ever present.
At Palmetto Family, we believe that foster care and adoption are truly pro-life issues, and we are working with Governor Henry McMaster to bring these issues to the forefront.
For the last several months, we have hosted a series of Foster Care & Adoption Task Force meetings to outline strategies to address the demands that our communities across the state are facing. Those meetings have included folks from across our state with experience and expertise in the “system” who are working in conjunction with SC Department of Social Services to bring recommendations and solutions to the table to meet needs in local communities.
This work will culminate on October 14th with the first Governor’s Summit on Foster Care and Adoption – Bringing Practical Solutions for the Palmetto State.
If foster care and adoption are important issues to you, we welcome your involvement with us as we work to bring strategies and solutions to the table. Please let us know who you are, and we look forward to involving you in our efforts to meet these needs.