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Foster Care & Adoption Ministry

The Foster Care & Adoption Ministry exists to inform, connect, and equip the body of Christ to care for vulnerable children and families. As a church, we want to be part of the solution to finding families for the over 25,000 children in Kentucky and Indiana who are in the foster care system as well as the millions of orphans around the world who need a family. Our ministry focuses primarily on three areas: Informing, Connecting, and Equipping.

Informing

Through our annual Orphan Sunday in November and other activities, we want to raise up a call for more families to consider fostering or adopting. We offer regular informational sessions called Considering Foster Care & Adoption that provide families with information about foster care, domestic adoption, and international adoption.

Connecting

We are already a church with a vibrant community of foster and adoptive families. We provide quarterly Foster & Adoption Fellowships on many of our campuses, a Foster & Adoptive Mom’s Bible Study at our Blankenbaker Campus, and an annual gathering called Family Is Forever. We want every foster and adoptive family in our congregation to find meaningful connections with other families who share a similar journey.

Equipping

Fostering and adopting is a difficult journey. We provide opportunities for training and support through our Encouraged: Foster & Adopt Parent Group and at our annual Family Is Forever event. In addition, we also offer occasional specialized topical trainings throughout the year. We also have Foster Care & Adoption Leaders at many of our campuses who can serve as mentors to encourage and support families in crisis. We regularly partner with local organizations to highlight other opportunities for individuals to get involved beyond fostering or adopting (i.e., OCA Life Coaching, OCA Safe Harbor, CASA, and respite care).

What’s Next?

Considering Foster Care & Adoption
This class offers an overview of foster care, domestic adoption, and international adoption for families who are considering the next steps. These sessions are offered at various times and locations across all of our campuses throughout the year.

Foster & Adoptive Fellowship
Once a quarter, our foster and adoptive families gather to connect and encourage one another. We currently have fellowship groups that meet at six of our campuses (Blankenbaker, Crestwood, Elizabethtown, Indiana, La Grange, and Southwest).

Encouraged: Foster & Adopt Parent Group
This group meets regularly throughout the year at our Crestwood campus to provide training and support for foster and adoptive parents. Credit is provided for foster parents who need training hours, and childcare is also provided.

Blaine Hamilton

Director of Foster Care & Adoption Ministries
502-253-8091
bhamilton@secc.org

Frequently Asked Questions

Groups



Foster & Adopt Moms Bible Study
One thing is certain today—uncertainty. Join us as we read "Whisper of Rest" together. This book will guide us to rediscovering rest, peace, and joy in the midst of all of life’s uncertainty. You do not want to miss this powerful study!
First Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Online or In-Home
Transracial Family Dynamics
Parenting children from different racial and ethnic backgrounds requires us as parents to think deeply about issues of race and diversity. This 6-week study will explore the Biblical and historical context of race and ways that we can lead our children to appreciate their full identity in Christ, in our families, and in the world. The study will include two panel sessions with adult adoptees and other speakers. A $15 registration fee includes all books and materials (scholarships are available).
Thursdays 8:00 PM
Starting: Sep 24
Online
Considering Foster Care & Adoption
If you are considering foster care, domestic adoption, or international adoption, please join us to learn more about how to get started! We’ll provide a basic overview of your options and help you take the next step.
Tuesday, October 20 at 8:00 p.m.
Online

Events



There are no events for this ministy at this time. Please try another campus or ministry.