How We Partner with Your Church
There are approximately 16,000 children in North Carolina's foster care system -- children who need a home, children who need hope. The church is the answer.
Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina and the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina are on mission together because we believe that through the local church every child in the state’s foster care system can receive the safe, caring home he or she deserves. Through EVERY CHILD Foster & Adoption Ministry, we are able to equip churches and couples in the churches to accomplish this vital mission.
Train and license couples in your church who God is calling to foster or foster-to-adopt. Training takes place at your location on a schedule convenient for you.
Help your church establish its own ministry to provide ongoing community and support to the foster and adoptive parents in your congregation and their children
Provide ongoing support to your church and families. If there are issues or a crisis, we can consult with you.
Offer trauma-informed training to help with boys and girls who come from traumatic circumstances.
Train and license through a Christian perspective.
The heart of the EVERY CHILD Foster & Adoption Ministry is working directly with our network of almost 4,400 North Carolina Baptist churches to connect them with our foster and adoption staff. Imagine, if every church cared for four of the 16,000 children in North Carolina's foster care system, every child would have a caring home.
"Scripture is clear: God has called His church to care for orphans."
- Kyler Smith, Senior Associate Pastor, Hickory Grove Baptist, Charlotte
Kyler and Lauren Smith are not only foster parents but Kyler is the senior associate pastor at Hickory Grove Baptist in Charlotte. In this testimonial to pastors, Kyler shares why it is essential for the church to be involved in foster care and adoption.
HERE'S HOW YOUR CHURCH CAN GET INVOLVED...
PRAY THAT GOD WOULD REVEAL TO YOU HOW YOUR CHURCH CAN BE PART OF MINISTERING TO CHILDREN.
PRAY FOR THE 16,000+ CHILDREN IN NORTH CAROLINA WHO ARE IN NEED OF A HOME. PRAY THAT THEY WOULD KNOW THE LOVE OF CHRIST AND FEEL IT THROUGH THE LOCAL BODY OF BELIEVERS.
Invite BCH to share at your church.
FIND A CONVENIENT TIME FOR A BAPTIST CHILDREN’S HOMES STAFF MEMBER TO COME TO YOUR CHURCH AND SHARE ABOUT FOSTER CARE AND ADOPTION. IT MAY BE ON A SUNDAY MORNING, SUNDAY NIGHT OR A WEEKNIGHT -- WHATEVER BEST FITS YOUR CHURCH. HERE’S WHY HAVING A REPRESENTATIVE COME IS IMPORTANT:
IT GIVES YOUR MEMBERS AN OPPORTUNITY TO INTERACT. THEY NOT ONLY LEARN DETAILS ABOUT HOW THE FOSTER CARE AND ADOPTION PROCESS WORKS, BUT IT ALLOWS THEM TO ASK QUESTIONS AND HEAR THE NEED FIRSTHAND.
GOD MAY MOVE IN PEOPLE’S HEARTS. THERE ARE PEOPLE IN OUR PEWS THAT GOD IS ALREADY CALLING TO THIS MINISTRY, BUT THEY MAY NOT RECOGNIZE IT UNTIL THE NEED IS SHARED WITH THEM. IT GIVES THEM, AS WELL AS YOUR CHURCH AS A WHOLE, THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE HOW GOD MAY BE LEADING.
Contact us to take the next step.
WHETHER IT’S A PHONE CALL OR EMAIL TO ASK QUESTIONS OR TO SCHEDULE A BCH REPRESENTATIVE TO COME TO YOUR CHURCH, WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU TAKE YOUR NEXT STEP.
OR go to our contact form
Change lives through your donation
FINANCIAL GIFTS ARE VITAL FOR EMPOWERING BAPTIST CHILDREN’S HOMES’ (BCH) FOSTER AND ADOPTION PROGRAMS. THROUGH YOUR CHURCH’S GENEROUS SUPPORT, MORE CHILDREN ARE ABLE TO BE PLACED IN CHRISTIAN HOMES, MORE CHILDREN WILL SEE THE GOSPEL LIVED OUT, AND MORE CHILDREN WILL GROW UP TO LOVE AND SERVE JESUS.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PARTNERING WITH BCH FINANCIALLY, YOU CAN VISIT OUR DONATE PAGE.
If you are looking to start a Foster and Adoption ministry at your church, we have gathered some helpful resources below. If you are looking for something specific you don’t see here, please fill out the contact form.
EVERY CHILD Promo Video
Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina and the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina are on mission together because we believe that through the local church every child in the state's foster care system can receive the safe, caring home he or she deserves. Through EVERY CHILD Foster & Adoption Ministry, we are able to equip churches and families to accomplish this vital mission.
TODO NIÑO Vídeo Promociona
El Hogar Bautista para Niños de Carolina del Norte y la Convención Bautista Estatal de Carolina del Norte están unidos en misión porque creemos que mediante la iglesia local cada niño en el sistema del estado de cuidados de crianza puede recibir un hogar seguro con los cuidados que él o ella merece. Mediante TODO NIÑO, Ministerio de cuidados de crianza y adopción, somos capaces de preparar a las iglesias y familia a lograr esta misión vital.
Pastors, Consider Preaching a Foster/ Adoption Series
Pastor Andrew Hopper shares how preaching a sermon series on foster care and adoption was transformative for Mercy Hill Church. Through EVERY CHILD Foster & Adoption Ministry, we can help equip your church for a similar sermon series and come alongside you.
The Johnson’s Story - Foster and Adoption
Pastor Bradley Johnson and wife Kelly describe fostering as "incredibly hard, but it is worth doing." The couple share how God has used Baptist Children's Homes (BCH) and the ongoing support of their BCH case manager to make fostering possible.
Foster-Adopt Ministry at Salem Baptist Church
In this 5 minute video, Mike and Beth Flinchum share their incredible story of how God has worked through their lives and the Foster Care/Adoption ministry at Salem Baptist Church in Dobson. Listen as the Flinchums and Senior Pastor David Powell share how children's lives are being changed through their foster/adopt ministry.
Pastor to Pastor: Foster Care, Adoption and the Importance of Your Church
Kyler and Lauren Smith are not only foster parents but Kyler is the senior associate pastor at Hickory Grove Baptist in Charlotte. In this testimonial to pastors, Kyler shares why it is essential for the church to be involved in foster care and adoption as well as how partnering with Baptist Children's Homes and NC Baptists has made it all possible.
Cook's Story - Family Foster Care
Watch the inspirational story of the Cooks who have become a licensed foster care family through Baptist Children's Homes in this three minute video.
Foster Care and Adoption: The Church is the Answer - Breakout Session/Adoption Discussion
Watch this conversation between Pastor David Powell, Senior Pastor of Salem Baptist Church in Dobson; Keith Henry, Chief Operating Officer of Baptist Children's Homes; and Kevin Qualls, Senior Director of Christian Adoption Services; and hear the variety of ways God can use us, in partnership, to advance His kingdom through foster care and adoption. (42 minute video)
Additional Online Resources
CAFO’s Guide to Starting a Foster Care Ministry at your Church: https://cafo.org/nfci/start-foster-care-ministry-church/
Start a Duffel Bags for Foster Care ministry at your church: http://namb.s3.amazonaws.com/files/sr_ministry_guides/Send-Relief-duffel-bags-ministry-foster-care.pdf
Bible study churches can offer for those considering foster/adoption: https://www.amazon.com/Ready-Not-Discovery-Adoptive-Parents/dp/0692217940
Foster/Adoption podcast: https://www.sendrelief.org/podcasts/the-adopting-and-fostering-home-podcast/