As Blue Sunday Approaches, Churches are Called Upon to Help Foster Children
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On Sunday, April 25, 2021, believers across the country will recognize Blue Sunday–a national day of prayer for vulnerable children in our communities. But aside from prayer, churches are being called to play a role in addressing abuse, neglect, and the foster care crisis as a whole.
The Herald Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas asked Chosen CEO, Jenni Lord, what churches can do to make an impact on the lives of hurting children and the organizations that serve these children.
“What we invite churches to do is to be a part of the work already happening here,” Lord said. “That could look like a recruitment event for foster families, offering foster adoption support groups after church, landscaping at a residential facility or helping with projects for nonprofits in our community
In New Braunfels, local churches like Springs Community Church are stepping up to be a part of the solution. Springs Pastor John Almquist noted that the church is doing what they can, and trying to do it as well as possible. He noted that although difficult, offering this help is rewarding. This is why his church is a part of New Braunfels’ Family Coalition, a group of churches and non-profits in the area that support foster children.
Hope Shelton, with the Department of Family and Protective Services, emphasized the importance of the work. “We have to help these young people become prepared to tackle the real world. We need to love them.”
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Chosen’s mission is to help children heal from trauma by strengthening families. We serve foster, adoptive, kinship, and reunified families who have been impacted by the child welfare system.