Jonas and Abby Crooks have been foster/adoptive parents for five years and have had 31 kids in their home. They have adopted two daughters from the Department of Social Services. They told God they wanted to adopt a newborn, and he sent an almost three-year-old, so then they told God they wanted a toddler to foster and he sent a 10 day old. They love the adventure of raising strangers’ children, beef cattle, and chickens and spending lots of time in the great outdoors. They believe the farm is quite possibly the best place to take a child that has lost so much and restore the joy of childhood! As Abby began college, she was involved with families in her church that were foster and then adoptive parents. The day she first held a neglected foster newborn in a once-white onesie that was filthy brownish-black then bathed him up fresh and clean, fed him, and watched a foster family pour love into now a thriving, strong little boy adopted by a another church member, she knew that loving kids to life and forever families was her ministry calling. THIS was what the church should be about! After the Crooks family adopted and then began fostering, their eyes were opened to a lot of issues in the brokenness of foster care, but one underlying issue was easy to spot: there were few foster families available to kids. Where was the church? Secondly, they quickly realized that parenting a traumatized child was not like typical parenting, and they knew a strong support system of like-minded people raising kids from “hard places” was going to be a necessity. They realized we could never “fix” all the brokenness in foster care, but they knew they could find some more families for children and then support and equip them well through the roller-coaster journey. So, Fostering Faithfully took root as Abby began to build a supportive extended faith family around the foster children in Oconee, starting at her church home. She leads a support group, speaks at churches and civic organizations, and walks alongside families cheering them on through licensing, foster placements, and adoption.