Wonderful things happen when people with hearts of compassion act upon a call to make a difference in children's lives: security can be renewed; hearts can be mended; and, families can be transformed. That is what Faith in Motion is all about.
Faith in Motion is a unique collaboration between the Social Services Agency, Children and Family Services and Orange County's faith-based communities. The program's primary mission is to find loving foster and adoptive families for children who have been removed from their biological families due to abuse or neglect. Faith in Motion's two main goals are to:
Recruit foster and adoptive families within the faith community; and,
Encourage faith-based congregations to develop support services for foster and adoptive families.
Faith-based congregations have the power to dramatically improve children and families' lives in Orange County. We invite all faith-based congregations to join us and help support foster and adoptive children and their families.
Ways to Help
As incredible as it may seem, there are more faith groups in Orange County than there are children in the foster care system. It is our hope that by working together, all Orange County dependent children that require temporary, out-of-home placement will remain in Orange County without the need to be placed in foster homes in other counties. Let's bring Orange County's foster children back to Orange County. Can you…
Children who have been abused or neglected may be suffering or frightened; they need prayer. The adults in their lives need prayer as well. Please pray for the children, their birth families, their foster families, their social workers, their attorneys, and the judges and bench officers presiding over the children's cases.
Orangewood Children's Home may be the first stop for many children removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Many of the children arrive at Orangewood with little or nothing. You can support the children by donating new or gently used blankets, overnight bags filled with new hygiene items, school supplies, back packs, clothing, and toys.
The Orange County Chapter of the Heart Gallery is a group of professional photographers who volunteer their talents by photographing foster children wishing to be adopted. There is always a need for transportation assistance. For more information, please visit www.heartgalleryoc.org.
Working in child welfare can be a difficult and heartbreaking job. You and/or other members of your congregation or social group may "adopt" social workers and help the workers meet some of the needs of the families they serve. For example, families cannot always afford diapers or formula; they may need food to help them through a difficult time; or, the children may need school uniforms or supplies. Social workers and the children and families they serve benefit greatly when there is someone to whom the social worker can turn for assistance with some of their clients' temporary needs.
Plan a party for foster and adoptive children in your community. Host a holiday party or a summer picnic with food and refreshments.
A mentor can provide caring and consistent support to a child during a difficult time in the child's life. Mentors can change a child's life in as little as one hour a week.
- Support foster and adoptive families?
Provide encouragement and practical support to foster and adoptive families you know. Tutor a foster child, take a foster family dinner the day a new child is placed in their home, or offer to help with the children as may be needed.
Offer to provide temporary respite care for their foster child(ren). Respite care enables foster parents to renew their relationship by being alone together for weekend getaways or to enjoy a few hours of time to go to dinner or a movie. Unlike childcare, respite may involve overnight care for brief periods of time.
Foster families provide loving, temporary homes (short-term or long-term) for children who have been removed from their families because of abuse or neglect. Foster parents may be single or married; foster parents can own or rent their homes or apartments; and, foster parents may work inside or outside the home. Make a difference in the life of a child by becoming a foster parent.
- Become an adoptive family?
Adoptive parents provide permanent new families for children that are unable to safely return to their biological families. Like foster parents, adoptive parents may be single or married; adoptive parents can own or rent their homes or apartments; and, adoptive parents may work inside or outside the home. Consider making a lifetime commitment to a child through adoption. There are no fees associated with adopting a child through the County.
The faith community is a tremendous resource to Orange County foster and adoptive children and families. We are grateful for your efforts and the many ways you impact our community. For more information, please contact Roylyn Burton, community program specialist, at (714) 746-2778 or e-mail her at Roylyn.Burton@ssa.ocgov.com.