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How to #BETHEVILLAGE


 

“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.” -Fred Rogers

People think they need to be in the trenches housing foster kids, but believe me—that is not for everyone! Instead, imagine using your gifts to help support those families in the trenches. Not sure how you can help? We came up with a mixed list of possible ways to be the village:

  • Welcome a new placement: Think about when people welcome a new baby into their house after 9 months of preparation. Foster families are still welcoming brand new children into their home, but they did not have 9 months to prepare. So what would you do for a new baby? Do that for the new foster placement!

  • Prayer and Intercession: Pray for the foster families in your community and for opportunities to serve and use your gifts.

  • Compassion: Sit and listen without judgement to how a foster parent is doing. A burden shared is a burden cut in half.

  • Lend a helping hand: This looks and sounds a lot like this—

    • “I'm making dinner for you and your family. Does Tuesday or Friday work better? Are there any dietary restrictions I should be aware of?”

    • “I'm free to watch kids Friday or Saturday evening. Which works better for you?”

    • “I know your kids have soccer on Thursdays. I can drive them home when they get done.”

    • “Send me your grocery list! I'm going to the store and will drop them off on my way home.”

    • Stop by with coffee. There is so much power in small and seemingly simple actions.

  • Invest in their bio kids too! These kiddos are in the trenches too. Take them for a fun outing, teach them a new skill they’ve expressed interest in, spend time with them.

  • Financially: If God has blessed you financially, this is a great way to invest in foster families too!

These are just a few ideas. Think about what how God has blessed you and use that! We are stronger when we play to our individual strengths and work as a body, as a village.