Get Involved

and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.  The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.  You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.  Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations;  you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
  (Isaiah 58:10-12)

You do not have to be a full-time foster parent to become involved in foster care.  We were a respite (part-time) foster family for over a year.

Get to know a foster family and take them a meal, pray for them, offer to help with their children.

Are you feeling led to foster care?  Check out some other ways to get involved below:

Full or part-time foster care

If you are in Alabama, Lifeline and Alabama Baptist offer excellent foster care training classes on a regular basis.  These classes are required to become a licensed foster parent (full or part-time).

You can also go through your local Department of Human Resources for your county; however, I personally recommend going with a private agency for the personal support.


Transporter 

There is a great need within the Birmingham area for transporters.   A transporter is someone who has passed appropriate background checks and has become approved to drive foster children to various appointments, birth parent visits, etc. 

Typically, you would receive a call from DHR making a request to drive a child to a particular event on a particular day (you always have the option of declining). It is a great way to become a regular transporter for a particular child/ren and build a relationship with them.  You can contact me or your local DHR to find out more about this need.


Babysitter 

A simple fingerprint and background check will allow you to babysit (up to 22 hours).  There is a need for this as well.  You can contact me directly if you are in the Birmingham area or contact your local DHR if you are out of the area.


The Forgotten Initiative 

The Forgotten Initiative (TFI) is a foster care ministry of Lifesong for Orphans.  They aim to bring hope and purpose to the foster care community through truth of the Gospel. TFI has different projects throughout the year, ministering to foster children within Jefferson & Shelby Counties. For current needs, check out their website and click on advocates in your area.  No advocate in your area?  Maybe God is calling you to become an advocate.

Feel free to contact me if any questions.

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