Friday, May 1, 2015
May Is . . .
Anyone who has read my blog for some time knows, I am a strong supporter of taking care of the orphan in any way that God has called you to; whether it be through international or local adoption. I also belong deeply in being involved in foster care.
Like National Adoption Month, I hate that we even have to have a month to spotlight such needs because it should not have to be. People of faith should already be stepping up to do what God has called us to do and take care of the least of these.
Did you know that there were 397,122 children in the foster care system?
101,666 of those are eligible for adoption.
Over 32% of those will spend more than 3 years in the foster care system before being adopted.
According to the last statistics taken, 23,396 youth aged out of the system. Of those, 40% ended up homeless.
60% of the young men ended up committing crimes.
50% ended up involved in substance abuse.
Because people did not step up. They shrugged it off as, "Not my problem."
These are kids, not problems. They need loving families like any kid does.
As Christians, we are not given the option to opt out. James 1:27 tells us, "Religion that God our Father 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."
We have to ask ourselves if we either do not believe this or we just don't care.
If we answer that we do believe what God has called us to, then why aren't we?
We can either offer excuses or obedience.
It is not enough to just pray for these kids, we must act. As the book of James tells us, "Faith without works is dead."
Please become involved. Make such months unnecessary.
To find out more about National Foster Care Month, click on the following link:
That site has a way for you to connect to the needs in your state, as well as provide resources, ways to promote foster care, as well as the stories of those whose lives have been affected.