Immigration at the Border: How to Get Involved
Foster care is often implemented through two sources: a county's social services department and private agencies that contract with the county. You may have heard the phrase foster-to-adopt. I can only speak to my personal situation, although I have a feeling most states work this way, but if you are interested solely in fostering-to-adopt, it's best to go through the private agencies contracted with the county. If you are interested in fostering, go through your county's department. The goal of foster care is always reunification, unless or until there is something that prevents it. If you are unwilling to work toward reunification with biological parents, fostering through the county is not the best option for you. But as I argue in both of my books, as Christians who believe in a God who will reconcile all things, reunification is more aligned with the gospel than we are often willing to admit. I recognize that this is a tough and complicated issue, and I do not advocate that children are reunified to abusive or neglectful situations. However, I think that in many ways, we have to lay down the idol of desiring to possess children prior to entering foster care. The following a few resources for those interested in foster care:
- Read 5 Ways Anyone Can Get Involved to Help Foster Kids Today by Felicia Curcuru
- Read The Foster Care Crisis: The Shortage of Foster Parents in America by John DeGarmo (also check out all of John's books on fostering)
- Contact your county's foster care department (through the Department of Health and Human Services)
- Google search private foster care placement agencies in your state. (Bethany Christian Services, Lutheran Family Services, and Catholic Charities are nationwide agencies that may have a local office near you)
- Research Safe Families and find out if this is a better fit for your family.