Investing in foster children and foster families to unleash compassion, hope and dignity
We are thankful to be part of a church that takes the initiative to help kids who’ve experienced trauma. The time and effort put in by the adults surrounding these children gives them the safety they deserve in their church community. – Ashley & Nate Tingley
The Foster Care Ministry at Rose Drive Friends Church helps us to feel supported and loved as we care for the little ones in our home. We are grateful for a church that embraces our kids wholeheartedly! – Kaitlyn & Matthew Tingley
Foster care is pretty messy, and it’s been filled with messy, complex emotions. Still, our family was moved to venture down this path and dive head first into a journey with other foster families. The road is long and challenging, but we have a God who never grows weary. God is close to the brokenhearted, and He has given so much strength to my family and to the numerous families at Rose Drive who have embarked on this path. We know very well that we can’t save them all, we can’t even save the two we are fostering now – but, for a day, or for 300 days, we can provide a stable home for them to heal, to flourish. In our home, we can bring the good news that is the gospel to two broken boys, a broken foster care system, and a broken family. Our God has kindly reminded us that we too need a Savior, just as the foster boys do whom we sing and pray to sleep. – Andy and Jen Smith
Foster Family Fun Night
Friday, February 15 | 5:30-8PM | Location TBA
Bring the whole family for dinner, Valentine’s day family crafts and games, and a time of training and encouragement for foster parents!
Empowered to Connect Simulcast
April 5 and 6 | 8:45AM-5PM both days | Center Bldg. | Cost: $10 (includes workbook and lunch both days) | No childcare provided.
The Empowered to Connect Conference features practical teaching in a safe and supportive community as we work to equip families, churches, and professionals to better serve children impacted by adoption and foster care. This simulcast, live from Texas, is ideal for adoptive and foster parents, those considering adoption or foster care, and those who are serving and supporting others, including social workers, agency professionals, church staff and ministry leaders, counselors, and therapists.
The Foster Closet
Foster children are often placed in new homes with very few of their own clothes and toys. The Foster Closet seeks to help foster families with donations of basic necessities and is a place where foster parents can receive appropriate clothes, toys, diapers, bedding, and more!
Current foster parents, we would love for you to come shopping! The Foster Closet is free to current foster families. On your first visit, please bring a copy or picture of your current Resource Family license. Foster families are welcome to shop the closet once a month. You will receive a certain number of “points” to shop per child in your care each visit. If you have gently used items to donate back to other families, we welcome those donations.
Foster Closet Hours:
– First Sunday of the Month – After both services at 10:10 and 11:40AM
– By appointment with Debbie Davis; please contact Debbie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
***The Foster Closet is located on the west side of the nursery building, facing the lunch tables and just north of the playground. We suggest parking in the Bastenchury parking lot.***
If you are interested in volunteering with the foster closet, please contact Debbie at email@example.com.
Click HERE to see a list of items to donate. Donations are accepted on the patio on Sundays or the church office during the week.
OC United is a non-profit in Fullerton focused on unleashing compassion and empowering the vulnerable. You can get involved with foster care through OC United in many different ways! Click HERE for more info.
Do you have ideas on how we can partner with foster families? Are you interested in participating in supporting foster families, being a foster parent or more? Contact Mandi Pettikas at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.