Everyone has a role to play in the fight to end the global orphan crisis.
One of the first things vulnerable children and families lose is their voice.
Amidst all the noise of the world, they need passionate advocates speaking up for them. Not everyone is called to adopt, and not everyone is called to be a foster parent, but everyone can be an advocate for stronger families and communities.
Here are some ways how:
Start a conversation. We cannot expect people to respond to a problem they do not know exists. Once you have educated yourself on the orphan crisis, what it means, and how we ought to respond, tell someone about it. Host an informative talk at your school, church, or small group. We must bring this issue out of the shadows and into the forefront.
- Get involved in foster care in your community. Do you know how many kids are currently in foster care system where you live? Do you know how many kids are waiting for placement in your city? You can Google “kids in foster care in _____” and you will probably be surprised. Once you are informed about what is going on in your city, talk to your pastor or a local community leader about it. How can your church get involved in foster care? How can you inspire families in your network to consider fostering? How can you come alongside families that are already fostering and encourage them in their journey?
- Support an adoptive family by providing financial or relational support.
- Promote Orphan Sunday. One day. One Voice. One Purpose. November 11, 2018. Learn more here.
- Become a spokesperson for an international ministry promoting foster care and adoption overseas (hint hint, here we are!) We would love to equip you with the materials and resources to be able to host an informative Story event or fundraiser in your community. Contact us to learn more about becoming a Story Advocate!