The time for raising awareness about the foster care crisis in America is now. If you have ever thought about adopting or fostering children, we urge you: Use this extra time at home to research the process of becoming a foster parent. If you haven’t considered it before, now may be the time to look into how to offer support or get involved.
Those of us in the church should be paying particular attention to those living in unstable conditions and be ready to step in and offer assistance if we can. As daunting as this challenge is, this is a time for the Christian church to be the hands and feet of Christ for vulnerable children.
Scripture teaches us to “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” (Isa. 1:17). James, the brother of Jesus, reminds us that “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” (1:27). As followers of Jesus, we are consistently called to love and serve the vulnerable.