My Friends Have Adopted! How Can We, the Church, Help Now? video of Bri Stenz a pro life writer and advocate

Are you or your church looking for ways to assist and encourage those that adopt?  Or maybe you haven't been wondering how to help those that adopt but now that you have seen this you're curious. This short informative video is for you! 


Interested in respite care, but don’t know where to start?

by Lydia Huth

If you’re interested in respite care, AGAPE of N.C. is developing the perfect program for you. This short training program is a brief overview of the training required for foster parents, so respite care providers will be well equipped to look after the children in their care.

A respite care provider is a qualified, trained individual who steps in temporarily for full-time caregivers, such as foster parents. These providers can offer babysitting services to foster families for anywhere from two hours to seventy-two hours. If you’re interested in learning more about respite care, see our previous article HERE.

AGAPE’s program will provide highlights from the foster parent training, as well as insights into what foster children may have experienced. Kimberly Scott, AGAPE’s executive director, explained, “Our training will help respite care providers learn where the kids are coming from so that they can meet the needs of each unique child.”

The training will take about three hours and include time for trainees to ask any questions that they may have. The goal is for AGAPE’s respite care providers to feel comfortable and equipped. AGAPE plans to have at least two training sessions in the fall.

If you’d like to learn more, you can contact Kaye Orander, our administrative assistant, at 919.673.7816, or reach out to AGAPE by email or through the contact form on the website. We are excited to work with you!

Respite Care, Its Importance, and How You Can Help

By Lydia Huth

While many people have never heard of respite care, it is an impactful way for individuals to support the foster families in their community. A respite care provider is a qualified, trained individual who steps in temporarily for full-time caregivers, such as foster parents.

These individuals have a massive impact on caregiving families. Respite care not only allows foster families to better provide for their foster and biological families’ needs, but as AGAPE Executive Director Kimberly Scott explains, it ensures that the parents “have time to rejuvenate themselves to be able to give more to the family unit as a whole.” Respite care providers are a valuable support system for families called to foster care.

Respite care comes in many different forms, so it is able to fit many different situations. The respite care providers are able to decide how long of a period that they can provide care, typically ranging from a day to a week. Also, they may choose whether they will provide care in their own home or at the foster family’s home.

AGAPE would be happy to connect you with more resources on respite care, or give you more information on how you can provide respite care for AGAPE families. If you have questions or would like to get started, please contact Kaye Orander, our administrative assistant, at 919.673.7816.