Why We Serve Foster Parents

Our desire is to move our community from sympathy for kids in foster care. Sympathy is primarily about observation that someone else is going through challenging experiences. Children in foster care don’t need people to feel sorry for them, but instead they need a full range of advocates who know them personally and encourage them during a tough season. Empathy takes that sympathetic emotion to a new place that says something more like, “I know you and care about what you are going through, and can feel pain with you.” Fostering Faithfully helps connect children to their community, so they can be known, loved, and build connections that promote resiliency. Still, our larger goal is long-term commitment to developing a heart of compassion for kids in foster care. The Latin, compati means “to suffer with.”   Foster parents dive in deep into really messy situations with a child, messes they didn’t create. It is not convenient or comfortable. But, compassion means putting other’s needs before your own. Our desire is support the community members that have moved from pity to action.

“Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? 
Any comfort from His love? 
Any fellowship together in the Spirit? 
Are your hearts tender and compassionate? 
Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. 
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had,” 
(Phil 2:1-5)

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Abby Crooks