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 to serve children in need. (Specific opportunities vary by location.) If you have any questions feel free to contact us!


There are approximately 6,000 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. 


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! 


You can serve as a child's Christmas sponsor this year to let them know they are loved and cared for! Contact us to learn more about how to sponsor a child in your area. 

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.


There are a variety of ways to serve children and families through ABCH. Please click here to learn more about our current opportunities!


The second Sunday in November is recognized as National Orphan Sunday and National Stand Sunday. Churches all over the globe host special events to specifically focus on ways to serve children in need. Work with ABCH to coordinate one of these events for your church! 


Help the youth who graduate while in our care with support for a college education or vocational training.

Say Thanks

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.


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.


Participate as an individual in Hero Fund monthly giving or as a church through our Annual Offering.

Foster or Respite Care*

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 children in need. We would be honored to help you consider this option. Learn more about what makes our foster care ministry truly unique by visiting here. 

Through respite care, you can provide temporary care for children in foster care. 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.


Order FREE name tags from ABCH and help share our ministry with children in your church and community.


Every year, we host Camp of Champions for our house parents and foster families. You can send a child to Camp, covering all of their expenses, for about $195 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!


If you would like more information about these opportunities, please contact info@alabamachild.org.

(*) The entire process of becoming a foster or respite parent may take, on average, from 6 to 9 months. Completion of a 10-week training is required to serve in this capacity. In addition to training, a home study, including multiple interviews, is also required to serve as a foster parent or respite care provider.