The Fostering Collective

About The Fostering Collective

  • The Fostering Collective exists to recruit and shepherd Christ-centered families in East Texas to help children in foster care.
  • Right now in East Texas there are more than 2,000 children in foster care. Of these 2,000 children, more than 400 are available for adoption.
  • This month, Lift Worship is partnering with The Fostering Collective to shed light on the needs of foster care and more importantly how you can help.
  • Are you feeling led to foster or adopt?
  • Right now in Smith County alone, there are 250 children in foster care and 22 children waiting for their forever family.
  • Could you be one of those families?
  • Smith County has around 140 foster families who are sacrificially loving these children. They need support from our community.
  • The Fostering Collective helps to train babysitters for foster families and provide essential items like car seats, clothes, and toiletries.
  • They also provide Christ-centered training opportunities so that these families can show the love of Christ to children in foster care.

How can I get involved?

  • Interest Meeting for Fostering and Adoption/Babysitter Training
    • May 28 at 6 p.m.
    • Green Acres Baptist Church
    • If you’re interested in foster care or adoption, please join The Fostering Collective where they can answer all of your questions!
    • Or if you want to help foster families by becoming certified as a babysitter, The Fostering Collective can train you so you’ll be eligible for 11 different agencies!
  • Foster Awareness Fridays
    • Every Friday in May
    • Visit The Fostering Collective Facebook page to hear from experts in foster care.
    • There is a big need for both groups as you know!  People can see and register for both events right here!

Are you being called?

  • “Foster care is less about getting a child for your family, but more about giving your family for a child…
  • These kids need people who are willing to love them enough to hurt for them if they ever have to let them go…
  • If you know you will get attached, that means you would be a fantastic foster parent.” – Jason Johnson [Reframing Foster Care]

Bible Verses to Share

  • I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. – John 14:18
  • Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. – James 1:27
  • A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, is God in His holy habitation. God sets the lonely in families, He leads out the prisoners in singing… – Psalm 68:5-6

What are Ministry Partners?

  • Ministry Partners are just that: partners in our Lord’s ministry that we have gotten to know well and that we are aligned with!
  • So you can feel confident in who they are and what they do for others across our community.
  • They are non-profit ministries who focus on serving Christ by serving others in the way they are called to do so.
  • Each month, we will focus on a different Ministry Partner.