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Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.

James 1:27

The Foster Care movement is growing. 13 churches agreed to work together today to be a part of the solution to the many kids without a home. I will admit I haven’t thought much about the crisis of Foster Care/Adoption until recently. I more and more have met families that are stepping up to take care of these kids. Having kids of my own, I can’t imagine what kids without parents go through. I really feel it is up to the church to spearhead this movement and I love that many churches are coming together to do this. Esther’s Hope is one of these organizations that are helping out. I recently ran into my friends the Lassiters and was excited to hear that they are looking into foster care. They are recently married and I love that they are willing to take in a child to help out. It’s encouraging and I want to do my part in making sure I contribute to a solution.

Esther’s Hope stats:

  • There are over 13,500 children in the Foster Care System, an increase of 1,000 children over the past year.
  • About 1,500 children are living in shelters or group homes. The average stay for a child in a shelter or group home is now 115 days – even for children as young as 4 years of age.
  • There is a need for about 1,000 additional foster homes.
  • The highest need are for children age seven and older.
  • More than 350 children have an immediate need for adoption.

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