Fam Informational Meeting

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Presentation by FAM (the Foster Care & Adoption Ministry at The Village church) teaching about foster care, adoption and other ways to serve these children and their families.

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  • Fam Informational Meeting

    1. 1. INFORMATIONAL
    2. 2. WHAT IS FAM?
    3. 3. EDUCATION & TRAINING FAM Events in 2010 Adoption: Talking With Biblical Myths & Kids About Hospitality & Realities Adoption Foster Care Matt & Kristin Michael & Amy Greg & Tracey Donovan Monroe Fields Saturday, February 27 & Saturday, May 22 Saturday, November 13 Saturday, August 28 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    4. 4. EDUCATION & TRAINING www.dfwalliance.org – over 20 ministries
    5. 5. COMMUNITY The journey of foster care or adoption is challenging and sometimes very long, but it’s absolutely worth it and you don’t have to go it alone.
    6. 6. COMMUNITY FAM Small Groups Ladies’ Coffee Guys’ Burger Waiting Nights Nights Families Every 2nd Wednesday Every 4th Wednesday Every 3rd Saturday 7:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
    7. 7. Parenting adoptive or foster children is 95% “NORMAL” PARENTING
    8. 8. Attachment Biological Ki ds Hurdles + Adopted Kids 5% ace & Foster R ntity System Ide Question Devel opment s of al Ch allenges IS UNIQUE Origin
    9. 9. WHY IS FAM?
    10. 10. ADOPTION IS BIGGER THAN THE UNIVERSE
    11. 11. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. —Ephesians 1:3–6
    12. 12. Adoption and foster care are not for everyone... but God’s heart for these kids is for all of us. ...learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause. —Isaiah 1:17
    13. 13. Adoption and foster care are not for everyone... but God’s heart for these kids is for all of us. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. —James 1:27
    14. 14. WHERE TO START?
    15. 15. EMOTIONAL COST
    16. 16. EXPECTATIONS & MOTIVATIONS Download: Ten Questions to Consider As You Explore Adoption EXAMPLES: • What are my biggest fears regarding adoption? • Do/will my close family and friends support my decision to adopt? If not, why? • How do I define the concept of family? In other words, what is a family? Talk through these questions with another adoptive family too.
    17. 17. FINANCIAL COST
    18. 18. Paying for services, not for kids.* Birthmother Agency Legal Fees Care Overhead *Note: Corruption is real. Use a reputable agency or adoption attorney.
    19. 19. FUNDING OPTIONS Grants & Loans • Lifesong For Orphans www.lifesongfororphans.org • Abba Fund www.abbafund.org • Life International (matching grants) www.lifeintl.org • Shaohannah’s Hope www.shaohannahshope.org • God’s Grace Adoption Ministries http://www.ggam.org • International Children’s Adoption Resource Effort www.intlcare.org • National Adoption Foundation www.nafadopt.org • Fore Adoption Foundation www.foreadoption.com • Kingdom Kids www.kingdomkidsadoption.org
    20. 20. FUNDING OPTIONS 2009 Federal Adoption Tax Credit up to... $12,150 http://www.irs.gov/formspubs/article/0,,id=177982,00.html Note: This credit covers “qualified” adoption expenses. Visit irs.gov for more information.
    21. 21. FUNDING OPTIONS Fundraising, Gifts, and Employer Assistance
    22. 22. TYPES OF ADOPTION
    23. 23. INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION Joint Council on International Children’s Services Download: Questions to ask when selecting an International Agency
    24. 24. HAITI IS CLOSED But there are other ways to help...
    25. 25. HORT www.haitiorphanrelief.org HORT will help Haitian churches to provide direct care in home environments, not institutional orphanages.
    26. 26. PROVIDE SHELTER www.ahomeinhaiti.org Rainy Season begins in a matter of days.
    27. 27. DOMESTIC ADOPTION Three Methods Private Private Public Agency Independent Agency works Adoption attorney Adopting children with you & pairs guides you who have been you with a through the relinquished to birthmother process the state (Foster-to-Adopt) Download: Questions to ask when selecting an Domestic Agency
    28. 28. FOSTER CARE
    29. 29. JOINT INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS View the J.I.M. Calendar Online
    30. 30. STAGES OF CARE Reunited with Reunited with Placed with Placed with biological biological relatives or adoptive parents. parents. kin. family. Yes Yes Yes Removed from home Remains in and placed into foster care... Parents No Abused, foster care. Home is Willing Permanency fulfill abandoned, or determined relatives or kin plan reunification neglected. safe. are found. developed goals. No No Remains in Plan is made Relinquished to foster care. Parental rights for parents to conservatorship terminated. of the state. regain custody. Reunification Efforts Legal Risk Adoptable This process may take 1day or 18 years.
    31. 31. FOSTER CARE & ADOPTION ARE NOT FOR EVERYONE. But God’s heart for these kids is for all of us.
    32. 32. OTHER WAYS TO SERVE
    33. 33. TRAC MENTORS Transitional Resource Action Center Within 12-18 months of leaving foster care: 33% of foster grads will be on public assistance.
    34. 34. TRAC MENTORS Transitional Resource Action Center Within 12-18 months of leaving foster care: 40% of foster grads will not have completed high school.
    35. 35. TRAC MENTORS Transitional Resource Action Center Within 12-18 months of leaving foster care: 50%of foster grads will be unemployed.
    36. 36. RTC MENTORS Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home
    37. 37. RTC MENTORS Nelson Children’s Center
    38. 38. TRAVELING COMPANIONS Respite Providers, Baby Sitters, Placement Champions
    39. 39. QUESTIONS? FAM@THEVILLAGECHURCH.NET

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