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  2. 2. Fostering Families, Fostering Babies, Fostering HOPE<br />
  3. 3. “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not<br />to harm you, to give you a hope and a future.”<br /> -Jeremiah 29:11<br />
  4. 4. A Big Problem…<br />
  5. 5. The plight of homeless, poverty-stricken children around the world is well known…<br />But few realize the suffering of the thousands of babies and young toddlers right here in Oklahoma. <br />
  6. 6. Currently, there are more than 10,500 children in the Oklahoma Child Welfare System. <br />
  7. 7. Some 1600 of these children are infants and young toddlers right here in Oklahoma County.<br />
  8. 8. In Oklahoma County, there are less than 300 regular foster families.<br />Due to this shortage of homes, Oklahoma infants and toddlers are bounced from foster home to shelter and back again.<br />On average, an Oklahoma infant in foster care will live in 5 places…<br />BEFORE his or her FIRST BIRTHDAY.<br />
  9. 9. The lasting emotional damage inflicted upon these children is unspeakable. <br />These babies grow up never having a<br /> place to call home…<br />Never having a “mommy” or “daddy”…<br />…and all too often they will never establish the healthy emotional bond God intended with a mother.<br />
  10. 10. “ Religion that God, our Father, accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…”<br />James 1:27<br />
  11. 11. A Tiny Solution…<br />
  12. 12. On January 1st, 2007, one very tiny, very sick little baby girl entered the world, weighing just under 3 lbs, at the Oklahoma County Jail. <br />She would soon become the inspiration for a “tiny little idea” that the Lord soon grew into something greater than anyone could have expected.<br />
  13. 13. “…love the Lord your God and walk in all his ways…serve Him with all your heart and all your soul.” Joshua 22:5<br />
  14. 14. The Anna’s House Foundation exists to<br /> improve the lives of babies in foster care in the following ways… <br /><ul><li>Recruitment and retention of Christian foster homes committed to long-term care of infants and toddlers
  15. 15. Maintaining a network of families, </li></ul>medical professionals, social services<br />and other resources to serve foster <br />families caring for babies<br /><ul><li>Providing these families with housing, support, resources and the means for adoption when reunification with the family is not possible</li></li></ul><li>What Now?<br />
  16. 16. “Let us not become weary in doing<br />good, for at the proper time we <br />will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” <br />Galatians 6:9<br />
  17. 17. If one family…<br />from every Oklahoma church…<br />opened ONE bed…<br />…every Oklahoma children’s shelter <br />would be empty tonight. <br />
  18. 18. “The harvest is plentiful, <br />but the workers are few.” <br />-Matthew 9:37<br />What Now?<br />
  19. 19. “…for what you have done unto the least of these,<br />you do unto me.”<br /> --Matthew 25:40<br />
  20. 20. PowerPoint by Caroline Harkins<br />The Anna’s House Foundation<br />P.O Box 21111<br />Oklahoma City, OK 73156<br /><br />“What Now” words and music by Steven Curtis Chapman, © 2004 Sparrow Records<br />