What is Foster Care?
Foster care is the broad term used to define children who, for a variety of reasons, have been placed in state-licensed temporary homes. The majority of children in care are overseen by their state of residence and each state has an agency responsible specifically for child welfare. In addition to children in state supervised care, some children are placed in the care of faith-based non-profit organizations and a few are served by private for-profit agencies.
Foster care is intended to provide a temporary home for children where the primary goal is returning them to their birth parents. There is specifically a greater need for foster parents to serve older children in care. Because of the intended short-term duration of this particular form of service, it is one of the most selfless and consistently needed ministry options available to serve the children in need.
Ways to Serve
We think we have the best, most complete program in the entire state of Alabama for Christian parents looking to serve children in foster care. Learn more about the ABCH Difference in Foster Care.
One of the least known and most needed ways you can serve is as a respite care provider. As a respite care provider, you serve as a fill-in for foster parents when they need a break or when emergencies arise that require a temporary placement for a child in their care. Respite caregivers can serve anywhere from a few days to a few weeks at a time. It is important to note that all respite caregivers are required to go through all of the same training that foster parents go through as well. For more information, contact the ABCH office closest to you!
Other Ways to Serve
Check out our WAYS TO SERVE page for more exciting ways to get involved with ABCH!