Fostering Hope & Connect 1 Child Resources
Our Connect1Child Foster & Adoption Ministry, in partnership with Lifeline Children’s Services, offers the following resources at no cost. To access the entire set of resources below, simply register with Lifeline Children’s Services at lifelinechild.org/connect1child.
FOSTER PARENTING FROM A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW GUIDE
This guide provides all the components for any church member to facilitate this in a small group setting. It includes video training, facilitator guides, and printable guides for participants. This can be used for a foster family who is brand new or has been fostering for years.
WRAP TEAM RECRUITMENT AND TRAINING GUIDE
A beginning guide for churches on how to surround, support, and care for foster families as an extension of ministry to vulnerable children.
SERMON HELP & PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS
Resources to help present foster care to the church, including a sermon outline, bulletin insert, and PowerPoint slides to share with your congregation about the needs in your community.
FOSTER CARE INFO MEETING POWERPOINT
After getting the church excited about being engaged in foster care, it is important to have an action step for them to take next. This info meeting outline helps a ministry leader do an in depth walk through of the ways a church member can get engaged. You are able to customize it to fit your community and your church support ministry.
OUTREACH TO CHILD WELFARE AUTHORITIES
A 12-month guide to the whys and hows to care for your local child welfare office, including a prayer guide and tangible action items.
Once a foster parent is licensed, they are required to obtain a certain number of CEUs per year to maintain that license. This can be a difficult task for a family. These videos can be watched individually or as a group and the foster parent can receive a CEU certificate after completing.
A program to mobilize the local church to bring the gospel to bear in at-risk families and in families seeking reunification and permanence from state care.
FOSTER AND ADOPTIVE PARENT CONNECT GUIDE
Connecting with other adoptive and foster parents creates space to build relationships, offer advice, and share the adoption and foster care journey. We’ve learned that newer connection groups benefit from structure and short outlines.
FOSTER PARENTS' NIGHT OUT
A dedicated time where families can bring their children to the church, so that they can have time to themselves to pour back into each other. This document outlines key ways to add this refreshing component to your church’s fostering ministry.
EQUIPPED TO LOVE CURRICULUM
This six-session curriculum is designed to help individuals in your church such as teachers and other support workers learn how to understand the needs of these families and provide them with practical support. Topics in this training include caring for families, interacting appropriately with children with compromised beginnings of life, demonstrating sensitivity for adoptive and foster parents, understanding the unique needs of children from hard places, exhibiting language sensitivity, and managing challenging behavior.
To receive the entire set of Fostering Hope Resources, simply register with Lifeline Children’s Services at lifelinechild.org/connect1child.