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Foster & Adopt

Our Commitment

Grace Church believes involvement in the local foster care and adoption systems is one way we are to follow the Biblical mandate to care for vulnerable children and to fight injustice wherever it exists, in Jesus’ name. For this reason, we are are working to support and build up the foster and adopt community across the Upstate. This has taken many forms including foster family recruitment, training, support, date nights, wrap around groups, mentoring, and resources for families who are fostering and adopting. We are committed to walking with foster families as they enter the system and bring a child home, and as he or she grows and matures.

Our Growth

Grace Church’s involvement in the foster and adoption arena began with families and community groups within our own congregation. The development of the Foster & Adopt Resource Center and growing community partnerships has caused our focus to begin shifting outward. We are now working within a model that prioritizes coming alongside existing organizations that are already functioning well and are exhibiting sustainable results in the community. Our desire is to be a capacity-building resource for those organizations.

Our Partners

Miracle Hill is a top-tier, Christian non-profit that has been able to earn credibility and become a staple in the community for foster ministry. We have leaders and volunteers who are interacting with Miracle Hill facilities in our campus communities, and we seek to continue those relationships. In 2015, Grace Church entered into a partnership with Miracle Hill. Grace now employs a foster licensing specialist who acts as a liaison and recruitment specialist for both the church and Miracle Hill. In addition to training new foster families, this position is committed to supporting and equipping our current foster and adoptive families. We are dedicated to involving our whole church in impacting the foster and adopt world. See below for opportunities for involvement.

Fostering

As a body, we are called to care for the orphaned and the vulnerable of society; as individuals, we must prayerfully consider how we are being called to action to join the cause.

For you, this could mean opening your home and becoming licensed as a foster parent or a respite caregiver to one of the over 2,000 children in the Upstate in foster care. We believe that orphan care is valuable for us as a church body; we are not asking you to foster alone and want to walk alongside you in caring for these children.

If you are a Grace Church member or attendee who is currently fostering, let us know! Just click the button below.

I am Currently Fostering

 


Ready to start the process?

If you are interested in beginning the process to foster, click below to complete the Miracle Hill Foster Care Inquiry Form. You will then be invited to a Foster Parent Info Meeting where you will learn more about fostering in South Carolina.

I Want to Foster

Adopt

As believers, we have been brought into God’s family, therefore, we bring others into ours. We have a Father who protects us and provides for us, therefore we seek opportunities to provide for and protect others. We have been adopted, therefore we adopt. We understand that the process of bringing an adoptive child into your home is not always an easy one, and we want to be a resource to you. If you are considering adoption, are in the process of adopting, or have already adopted, please let us know! Just click the button below to complete a short form, and someone will be in touch with you to see how we can help.

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Resources for Fostering & Adoptive Families

Date Night

An opportunity for the parents of foster or adopted children to have a night out with free childcare and a free meal for the kids. Offered the third Friday of every month. Registration closes the second Friday of the month. If you click on the “register here” button below and the form is disabled, check back at the beginning of the month for that month’s registration form!

Support Groups

Foster and Adopt support groups come together for eight weeks to complete curriculum on relevant topics and unique parenting situations that they find themselves in.

Wrap-around Groups

Wrap-around groups give time, energy, and relational support to you and your family as you welcome these children into your homes. From prayer and group studies to practical needs like childcare or yard work, wrap-around groups strive to come around the specific needs of each family. If you are interested in getting a wrap-around group for your family please email Beth Drake at bdrake@gracechurchsc.org. Click for more information about wrap-around groups.

Foster Adopt Resource Center

Bringing a new child into your home can be difficult and a drain on your resources. Through the FA Resource Center, we are working to support families who are fostering or adopting. Visit the center during our posted hours to receive a number of items, including clothing, shoes, diapers, and blankets.

Our Blog

Read about other Foster Adopt families at our church.

Help Me Grow

Help Me Grow is a free resource that is available to parents of children birth to eight years old. They link families to existing, community- based programs and services for children at-risk for developmental, behavioral, or learning problems. Visit helpmegrowsc.org for more information.