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 provided.

Blaine Hamilton

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Groups



Foster Care & Adoption Fellowship
La Grange
If you are a foster family, adoptive family, or just getting started in the process, please join us to connect with other families like yours.
This group meets quarterly on March 22, May 17 and August 23rd
Starting: Mar 29
Open Office
Children's
Programming
Available
Foster Care & Adoption Fellowship
Crestwood
If you are a foster family, adoptive family, or just getting started in the process, please join us to connect with other families like yours. This group meets quarterly throughout the year.
Sunday, March 29th 10:30 AM
Starting: Mar 29
Room 190 A
Children's
Programming
Available
Foster Care & Adoption Fellowship
Elizabethtown
If you are a foster family, adoptive family, or just getting started in the process, please join us to connect with other families like yours. This group meets quarterly throughout the year.
Sunday, March 29th 11:15 AM
Starting: Mar 29
Student Ministry Building
Children's
Programming
Available
Foster Care & Adoption Fellowship
Indiana
If you are a foster family, adoptive family, or just getting started in the process, please join us to connect with other families like yours.
This group meets quarterly on every 5th Sunday (March 29, May 31, and August 30th)
Starting: Mar 29
The Attic
Children's
Programming
Available
Foster Care & Adoption Fellowship
Southwest
If you are a foster family, adoptive family, or just getting started in the process, please join us to connect with other families like yours.
This group meets quarterly on every 5th Sunday (March 29, May 31, and August 30th)
Starting: Mar 29
SW Classroom
Children's
Programming
Available
Foster Care & Adoption Fellowship
Blankenbaker
If you are a foster family, adoptive family, or just getting started in the process, please join us to connect with other families like yours. This group meets quarterly throughout the year.
Sunday, March 29th 10:45 AM
Starting: Mar 29
Fireside Room
Children's
Programming
Available
Encouraged: Foster & Adopt Parent Group
Crestwood
A support group for families in all stages of the adoption and foster care journey. Foster parent training credit is provided. - This group meets monthly on the 2nd Saturday of each month in Room 190A.
Saturdays 5:15 PM
Starting: Dec 14
Crestwood - Room 190A
Children's
Programming
Available
Foster & Adoptive Moms Bible Study
Blankenbaker
All foster and adoptive moms are invited to join us as we study the miracles of Jesus - actions completely ordinary to Jesus but extraordinary and life changing to the recipients and witnesses. This study will meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month, beginning February 4th and ending May 5th, 2020.
Tuesdays 6:30 PM
Starting: Feb 4
ATCR 207, Blankenbaker Campus
Children's
Programming
Available

Events



Multiple Campuses
Considering Foster Care and Adoption
If you are curious about adoption, please join us for this session as we examine aspects of foster care, domestic adoption and international adoption.
Sun, Jan 26
Multiple Dates
190 B
Childcare
Available
Blankenbaker Campus
Family is Forever!
Join with other foster and adoptive families from across all our campuses for a time of connection and encouragement. The gathering will also include several breakout sessions for parents on topics that are relevant to foster and adoptive families.
Sat, Feb 22
FH2