Foster Care and Adoption
Northshore’s Foster Adoption Ministry (FAM) exists to glorify Jesus and follow His example by entering into the brokenness and beauty of foster care and adoption. We aim to cultivate community where engaging in foster care and adoption is the norm. At Northshore some of us are going to bring children into our homes; the rest of us are going to find ways to serve and support them!
FAM serves the local Bothell and Kirkland areas, but the reach extends beyond the church walls. Through partnerships with local, state, private agencies, and other churches, FAM is caring is for our neighbors, reaching the marginalized next generation, and supporting those in need. You or your small group can get involved in FAM in many ways.
FAM Community Gathering
This group is open to ALL Foster, Adoptive, Relative Care, and interested people. The group meets on the first Friday of the month (October – June), at 6:30pm, at Northshore Community Church. The evening starts with a community dinner, followed by breakout sessions for Birth-5 years old, 1st-6th grade, teens, and parents. Each session is designed to create an engaging and age-appropriate opportunity for relationship building. The focus is fellowship, support, and connection with intermittent training.
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Opportunities to get Involved
Here are some opportunities to get involved.
Safe Families for Children program is an innovative approach to prevent child abuse and neglect in families experiencing crisis situations by providing safe, temporary homes for children and support services for parents. By utilizing a network of host families, parents in need – either referred on their own or at the recommendation of a case worker – can choose to have their child stay in a safe family during times of crisis. Host families, prompted solely by compassion, are screened, trained and serve without compensation.
The Safe Families program is a voluntary, non-coercive alternative to the state child welfare system; the Safe Families movement is working with Northshore Community Church to strengthen and support parents to become Safe Families for their own children and children in the community.
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Office Moms and Dads
Office Moms & Dads is a practical way to support local child welfare social workers and also care for children who have recently been removed from their home.
OMD deploys qualified volunteers to child welfare offices to sit with and entertain children who have just been removed from their homes – children who have often undergone unspeakable trauma. Our volunteers serve in their local child welfare office on an on-call basis, and strive to make the day just a little bit better for both child and social worker.
The average child can wait in a child welfare office anywhere from a few hours to sometimes day after day, while social workers frantically search for a suitable foster home or relative to care for them
The wait after a removal can be one of the most frightening and uncertain times in a child’s life. Our volunteers help alleviate stress on social workers, care for the immediate needs of the child, and serve the foster care community in a tangible way. The time commitment for volunteers is flexible, but the impact is monumental.
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