13 Ways to Serve
Serving hurting children is not an option for the Christ follower. It is an expectation. “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” (James 1:27) The big question for many, however, is how does one serve in the world we live in today. Here are 13 ways. (Specific opportunities vary by location.) If you have any questions feel free to contact us!
There are over 5,000 children in Alabama’s foster care system. Their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being should be prayed for regularly. You can also ask your church leadership to participate in our annual Day of Prayer, which is held on Mother’s Day each year. Pray for specific needs daily through our prayer link.
Orphan Care Ministry
Many churches across the country have started specific ministries focused on orphan care. We’d love to help you do that right here in Alabama! Contact us and we’d be glad to help you think through that process.
Serving as a foster parent is an incredible way to see the love of Christ in a very real way through the joys and pains of caring for hurting children. We would be honored to help you consider this option. Learn more about what makes our foster care ministry truly unique by clicking here.
Through respite care, you can provide temporary care for foster children so that foster families can have some personal time alone. Respite care enables foster families to take vacations, a day off, or handle unforeseen emergency situations.
Giving and Estate Planning
We work very hard to protect, nurture, and restore children and families through Christ-centered services. Your donations allow us to continue great in-depth service that point so many children and families to the God who loves them. Learn More >>>
It has been said that estate planning may be the single largest act of stewardship that most of us will ever perform. Estate planning allows us to decide what will happen with the resources God has entrusted to our care once we are gone. We have developed an exciting partnership with Philanthrocorp, a Christian estate-planning agency, which provides Christ-centered guidance for men and women looking to leave a truly lasting legacy that advances the kingdom of God! Learn More >>>
We have a wide variety of needs associated with serving the children in our care with excellence. Check out our needs lists by clicking here.
Every year ABCH hosts Camp of Champions for our house parents and foster families. You can send a child to camp, covering all of their expenses, for about $180 per child. This is a great way to make it possible for children from hard places to make happy memories that will last a lifetime!
We are regularly looking for men and women to serve as our ambassadors to churches and area church associations. Our church relations team would love to talk with you about serving in this important way. Contact us and we will get you connected with the right person!
We have children across Alabama who need to be consistently reminded that they are loved. Support them by contributing birthday and Christmas presents to make these days more special!
This year, November 13th is recognized as National Orphan Sunday. Churches all over the globe have special events specifically to focus on the plight of the fatherless. Work with ABCH to coordinate one of these events for your church!
Back to School
The children in our care need new clothes and supplies as they head back to school every August. Help us meet those needs by contacting the closest office to you for more information.
- Birmingham: 205-945-0037
- Decatur: 256-355-6893
- Dothan: 334-677-7856
- Mobile: 251-639-1022
- Oxford: 256-831-4081
One of the special things about our ministry is that we work hard to help the children in our care for as long as we are able. You can help the youth who graduate while in our care with support for a college education or vocational training.
Foster or House Parent Appreciation
Coordinate an appreciation event for foster or house parents in your area. Plan a special meal or gathering intended to recognize these extraordinary men and women.
Administration Volunteers (Birmingham)
There are a variety of administrative tasks we could use extra assistance in completing. Contact email@example.com for more information on serving in this capacity.
(*) Completion of 10 week training and home approval evaluation are required to serve in this capacity. The entire process of becoming a foster parent may take, on average, from 12 to 15 months to complete.