Speak Up for Them
Be an advocate for the waiting children in your community. Talk to family and friends about the waiting children you know. Be their advocate and encourage others to help them as well.
Become a Mentor
Mentoring offers a powerful opportunity to be a Godly role model for a child who needs one. Being a positive influence now can change the course of an orphan’s life forever. You may feel like you don’t have anything to offer, but your consistent presence and encouragement can do more than you realize. To find an mentoring organization in your area, visit www.caym.org.
Support Those Caring for Orphans
Mow a foster parent’s yard, offer to baby sit, or organize a few meals for an adoptive family. Throw a shower for a family when a new child comes into their home. Sponsor a child services worker by praying for them, taking them out for an occasional lunch, or sending notes of encouragement.
Local child services, placement agencies, or adoption ministries could all use a few extra hands. Many of them would love help even one day a week. Answering phones, finishing paperwork, or making calls could be the relief they need.
Be a Support Family
Every year, nearly 20,000 teenagers “age out” of the foster care system. Once they reach age 18, the state and foster families are not required to provide any help or services. These kids are, in a sense, kicked out of the system with no support system. Talk to your local child services about being the support family these kids need. You can provide a place to go on the holidays, a listening ear when a relationship ends, or the arm that leads her down the aisle on her wedding day.