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ABOUT every CHILD

With a shared vision for aiding the thousands of boys and girls in the custody of North Carolina's foster care system, Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina and the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina have partnered together for EVERY CHILD Foster & Adoption Ministry. We believe the church is the answer for ensuring every child receives the caring home he or she deserves.

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Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina (BCH) and the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) have partnered together for EVERY CHILD Foster & Adoption Ministry. Launched in November 2021, BCH and BSCNC desire to see every child receive the caring home that he or she deserves through the direct involvement of North Carolina Baptists. 

EVERY CHILD Foster & Adopt Ministry is an outgrowth of the family foster care service that has allowed BCH to establish nearly 120 family foster homes (current to November 2021) throughout North Carolina. The majority of the foster couples were identified when BCH staff, in cooperation with pastors and leaders at the couples’ churches, shared the opportunity for them to be trained and licensed through BCH.

 

It is this model of working directly with churches that is the heart of the EVERY CHILD Foster & Adoption Ministry.

 

As liaison to 77 local Baptist Associations, BSCNC is able to help cast the vision for the EVERY CHILD initiative throughout its statewide network of almost 4,400 churches in order to connect them with BCH’s foster/adopt staff. 

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children in the North Carolina foster care system

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Dr. Michael Blackwell
President of Baptist Children's Homes of NC

“When you look at the number of children in foster care (16,000 children) it seems overwhelming, but we serve a God in Whom all things are possible. If you divide 16,000 by 4,400 churches, that equates to four children per church. If every  NC Baptist church stepped forward to care for four children, the number of NC foster children becomes zero.”

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Todd Unzicker
Executive Director of Baptist State Convention

“The church is the answer, and over 16,000 children await. II believe NC Baptists can help every child in our state. Imagine if North Carolina  were a state where no child experiences homelessness and every child in need had a safe, loving home where they could learn of Jesus’ great love. With God’s help, I believe such a vision can become a reality as our family of NC Baptist churches work toward this goal with BCH.”

Through EVERY CHILD, BCH’s statewide foster and adopt staff provide the following:

  • Training and licensing for couples in churches who desire to foster or foster-to-adopt—training takes place at the time and place convenient for the participating church

  • Working with couples and individuals to foster-to-adopt or adopt domestically or internationally

  • Equipping churches to provide ongoing ministry and support for foster and adoptive parents and their children in their congregation

  • Providing ongoing support to participating  churches and families

  • Offering trauma-informed training to help with boys and girls who come from traumatic circumstances