by Kim Scott
Over the past five years, North Carolina has seen a rise in the number of children entering the foster care system. An increase in opioid abuse and childhood poverty are two main factors contributing to the state’s surge of children in need of stable foster homes. These staggering numbers require that we respond in action. God’s call for us to defend and care for these children. We can no longer passively acknowledge the problem. We are called to actively become a part of the solution.
As we begin to look for different areas to get involved and new places to serve, let’s continue to be mindful of God’s call to help those in need. In Psalms 82:3-4 God reminds us, “Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” And in James 1:27 we read that, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
If you, or someone you know, feels burdened for children in North Carolina who need safe homes and forever families, please prayerfully consider becoming involved in foster care and adoption. Involvement comes in many forms. For some, it will mean becoming a licensed foster parent or deciding it is finally the right time for your family to pursue adoption. For others, it may mean giving your time as a volunteer or donating funds to support the growth of AGAPE’s impact. Your prayers asking God to bring AGAPE strong Christian families who are willing to provide homes to children cannot be underestimated. If you are interested in getting involved, please visit the *contact us* page.