Here is a wish for a blessed and happy 2013! As you think about the year to come, make resolutions and set goals for yourself – consider how you can make an impact on the life of a child who is waiting for a permanent family. Here are some ideas to consider:
Learn about and advocate for foster children and youth.
Keep the children who are in foster care and children who are waiting to be adopted, both domestically and internationally, in your daily prayers.
Be a supportive church family to foster and adoptive families in your church. Check to see how families who are new to foster care are doing; provide meals for an adoptive family who just brought home their child.
Donate your time to support children in foster care such as making life book pages, making quilts, putting together hygiene kits for new foster children.
Become a mentor for a child in foster care.
Spearhead or assist with a fund raiser for a foster care organization, for a family that is adopting a child internationally or other another related program.
Donate a financial gift to an organization that works with foster care or adoption.
Become a respite care provider for families who have adopted a child with special needs or for foster children.
Provide encouragement to youth who are alumni from the foster care system – who are living in the community independently or attending college.
Consider becoming an adoptive parent to a child or children internationally or domestically from foster care.
Consider becoming a foster family.
These are just a few ideas to consider. For more information on how you can change a life of a child in foster care, no matter how much time you have, visit Foster Care Month at http://www.fostercaremonth.org and click on “change a lifetime menu”.