Faith and Foster Care: How We Impact God's Kingdom
It is staggering to think that more than 200,000 children in the United States enter foster care each year. Half of those stay in the foster care system and never reunite with their families. Those who remain desperately need to know and feel the love of God. They need a champion in their corner—someone willing to intercede, love, and show them faith in action.
Filled with personal stories and Scripture, Faith & Foster Care shows how you can practically and specifically live out your faith in foster care ministry. An encouraging resource for novice or experienced advocates and parents, specific issues addressed include: how to be an effective advocate, how to maintain a healthy marriage as foster parents, how to love the foster child and biological family, how to pray for your foster child and their biological family, and how to respond when they leave. See how your actions have a far-reaching impact on God’s kingdom when you live out your faith.
Faith and Foster Care was a real “shot in the arm” for me as I read it and reflected on my years as a foster parent. Reading so many real-life antidotes from others who shared so many of the same experiences aa my family did was validation of our work, commitment and the role our faith played in everything we did as foster parents. This is a must read book for foster parents and other caregivers. It is honest about the challenges of fostering while speaks eloquently to the blessings it is to the foster parents, the children and the birth parents of the children receiving foster care services. Job well done, Dr. DeGarmo, job well done.”―Irene Clements, executive director, National Foster Parent Association
Becoming a foster parent can be a difficult, life-changing decision that many say they have been called to do by a higher power. Dr. John DeGarmo explores that calling in his newest book, Faith and Foster Care. Himself a Christian, DeGarmo shares his personal call by God to become a foster parent, along with his wife Kelly. In the book, DeGarmo not only shares his personal calling, but also shares the stories of other foster parents called to become foster parents and help children in need. Throughout the pages he weaves scripture with personal stories, identifying a number of ways God has called and continues to use foster parents to heal the wounds of children in foster care. Covering topics beyond the initial calling, DeGarmo also explores other areas of fostering, including the impact on marriage, living a life of faith, dealing with heartbreak and much more.― Kim Hansel, editor, Fostering Families Today