More about this month’s ministry partner!

How to get involved!

  • The Fostering Collective exists to recruit and shepherd Christ-centered families LIKE YOU to help children in foster care
  • Right now, along with 50 churches, organizations, and agencies, we are challenged to Be The Light for a child in foster care.  Learn more about all the ways you can Be The Light.
  • Want to connect your church? Email us to find out how your church can help Be The Light!

About foster care in East Texas

  • There are more than 2,000 children in foster care in just the East Texas area
  • There are fewer than 600 foster families
  • We know many children in our community are not receiving the love they need
  • If 10% of churches in each county will get involved in foster care, then our community can provide more than enough:
    • Foster and kinship families
    • Adoptive families for every child waiting for adoption
    • Help for biological families trying to stabilize and reunify
    • Wrap-around support from the church for foster, kinship, adoptive and biological families

ALBERTO’S STORY:

“At first, I was worried. Maybe I wouldn’t get a chance. I’ve been in foster care for four years and it was sad, lonely, and frustrating. I thought it was my fault and that I’d never get a second chance with the family. There’s always going to be a cycle of something that might happen. But there’s a way to break out of that and that’s Jesus.”

BASIC STATS FOR ETX & SMITH COUNTY

  • Region 4 (23 counties)
    • 2,000 – Total kids in foster care
    • 575 – Total number of foster homes
    • 65 – Kids in foster care available for adoption
  • Smith County
    • 320 – Total kids in foster care
    • 140 – Total number of foster homes
    • 20 – Kids in foster care available for adoption
  • Other counties available upon request