adoptive,
foster care
&
safe
families
initiative

Did you know there are over 25,000 kids in the child welfare system in Los Angeles County alone?

We believe that followers of Jesus have been called to do something about this. Here at Fellowship, the next generation matters to us, no matter if they’re our kids, our neighbor’s kids, or kids we’ve not even met yet. We invite you to address this crisis with us by supporting kids in foster care, coming alongside foster and adoptive families, hosting kids in need through Safe Families, or becoming a foster or adoptive family.

Not everyone can foster or adopt, but everyone can help.

Whether it’s praying, giving, supporting a family, or becoming a foster family, there are many ways to help vulnerable kids and youth in our county and beyond.

Pray

The simplest way to get involved in the Foster Care initiative is by joining us in prayer. We encourage you to spend some time seeking God on behalf of all those involved in this system.

Join us as we pray for:

  • The 14 certified foster and kinship families at Fellowship
  • The 17 children currently being fostered by Fellowship families
  • The families currently in the certification process to become a foster family
  • The 12 certified Safe Families at Fellowship

Foster Care Prayer Guide
15 Days of Prayer for Orphans Guide

Volunteer

Another way to get involved with the Foster Care initiative is by partnering with Royal Family Kids, an organization that offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. Through Royal Family Kids Camp, kids ages 7-11 who are in foster care get to participate in a week-long overnight summer camp. Royal Family Kids offers mentoring for kids in foster care, as well.

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Give

Children often enter into foster care with just the clothes they are wearing and very little other personal belongings. One of the ways we can support foster families is by donating items that help foster families embrace a new placement.

Check out this Amazon Wishlist to see what is needed. These items are given to foster families during those first few days after receiving a new placement.

amazon wishlist

Support a Foster + Adoptive Family

Join a Care Community

Foster and adoptive families need community to surround them, and Care Communities are the way we do that. Care Communities allow everyone to get involved in this initiative.

A Care Community is a group of 6-10 volunteers with specific roles that wrap around a foster, adoptive, or reunified family to offer support. The support of a Care Community includes bringing meals, supplying or sourcing practical needs (clothing, furniture, school supplies), mentoring kids, celebrating birthdays and milestones, and praying for the family.

To Join a Care Community, please contact Rachel Bechler at: safefamiliesfostercare@madeforfellowship.com

Email Rachel

Foster and adoptive families need community to surround them, and Care Communities are the way we do that. Care Communities allow everyone to get involved in this initiative.

A Care Community is a group of 6-10 volunteers with specific roles that wrap around a foster, adoptive, or reunified family to offer support. The support of a Care Community includes bringing meals, supplying or sourcing practical needs (clothing, furniture, school supplies), mentoring kids, celebrating birthdays and milestones, and praying for the family.

To Join a Care Community, please contact Rachel Bechler at: safefamiliesfostercare@madeforfellowship.com

Email Rachel

Join CarePortal

CarePortal is an online platform that brings the needs of hurting children and families in our community to our attention. Certified caseworkers uncover the needs, and then CarePortal provides awareness to the local church, giving us a real-time opportunity to respond. All requests submitted through CarePortal come from the caseworkers at government-funded child welfare agencies or other approved child-serving organizations.

How it works when you’re a CarePortal Member:

  1. You receive a need request from a caseworker
  2. If you can meet the need you simply respond via email
  3. If you can’t, no response is necessary

Your responses through CarePortal could help prevent a child from entering foster care, facilitate an adoptive placement, or support a youth aging out of the system.

To get involved with CarePortal by signing up to receive email notifications of local needs.

Sign Up

CarePortal is an online platform that brings the needs of hurting children and families in our community to our attention. Certified caseworkers uncover the needs, and then CarePortal provides awareness to the local church, giving us a real-time opportunity to respond. All requests submitted through CarePortal come from the caseworkers at government-funded child welfare agencies or other approved child-serving organizations.

How it works when you’re a CarePortal Member:

  1. You receive a need request from a caseworker
  2. If you can meet the need you simply respond via email
  3. If you can’t, no response is necessary

Your responses through CarePortal could help prevent a child from entering foster care, facilitate an adoptive placement, or support a youth aging out of the system.

To get involved with CarePortal by signing up to receive email notifications of local needs.

Sign Up

Open Your Home

Become a Safe Family

Safe Families are the volunteers that open their homes to children whose parents are experiencing a short-term emergency or a longer-term crisis. Designed to extend and strengthen the community safety net for at-risk families, Safe Families for Children is a positive alternative to the state child welfare system, allowing parents to work out their problems without having to worry about losing custody of their children.

Safe Family hostings range from a few nights to several months, and you don’t need to have extra bedrooms in order to host.

Learn More
Resources
Start the application process

If you or a family you know is in crisis and needs their children to be hosted temporarily, please call the Safe Families Hotline at 1-800-550-CHILD Ext 1234

Safe Families are the volunteers that open their homes to children whose parents are experiencing a short-term emergency or a longer-term crisis. Designed to extend and strengthen the community safety net for at-risk families, Safe Families for Children is a positive alternative to the state child welfare system, allowing parents to work out their problems without having to worry about losing custody of their children.

Safe Family hostings range from a few nights to several months, and you don’t need to have extra bedrooms in order to host.

Learn More
Resources
Start the application process

If you or a family you know is in crisis and needs their children to be hosted temporarily, please call the Safe Families Hotline at 1-800-550-CHILD Ext 1234

Foster & Foster to Adopt

Foster families provide a safe, temporary home to children removed from their families as parents work on their reunification case plans. Foster to Adopt is the process of becoming a forever home to a child or children whose parental rights have been terminated.

Fellowship is partnered with Olive Crest, a non-profit organization that seeks to transform the lives of at-risk children through the power of family. Whether you decide to get certified with Olive Crest, another Foster Family Agency (FFA), or DCFS directly, Fellowship will come alongside you in the process.

The certification process takes on average 6-9 months.

Email Us to Learn More

Foster families provide a safe, temporary home to children removed from their families as parents work on their reunification case plans. Foster to Adopt is the process of becoming a forever home to a child or children whose parental rights have been terminated.

Fellowship is partnered with Olive Crest, a non-profit organization that seeks to transform the lives of at-risk children through the power of family. Whether you decide to get certified with Olive Crest, another Foster Family Agency (FFA), or DCFS directly, Fellowship will come alongside you in the process.

The certification process takes on average 6-9 months.

Email Us to Learn More