There is an international movement of Christians taking up God’s command to look after the orphans and the vulnerable around the world.

 

There are many similar organisations to Fostering Hope in the United States, Europe and the United Kingdom. There are also many individual Christians and churches running awesome foster care and adoption ministries. 

Here are some resources we have found useful about out-of-home care, children in out-of-home care, and what it is like to be a foster or kinship carer. Please let us know of any other helpful resources that you find!

 Websites
  • World Without Orphans is a “global movement for every child to grow up in a nurturing permanent family, and to know their heavenly Father.” This website has great resources, including inspiring stories and videos, and demonstrates the global nature of this mission. 

  • Home for Good United Kingdom is an organisation in the United Kingdom similar to Fostering Hope. Its vision is “a home for every child who needs one.” It believes the Church is ideally suited to finding homes for the children in need of fostering and adoption in the UK, including unaccompanied humanitarian entrants. It raises awareness of the need for foster and adoptive parents, encourages families to provide loving homes for children in care, and equips the Church to offer welcoming communities for them. It works by inspiring, equipping and coordinating the network of local movements, churches and individuals to make its vision a reality.

  • ARK is based in Australia and doing similar work to Fostering Hope. ARK seeks to raise awareness about foster care and then supports families in ARK communities, so that “families who engage in out-of-home care succeed, thrive, persevere, and raise children equipped for adulthood.”

  • Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) is an alliance of Christian organisations and churches in the United States, all taking up the mandate to put children in families. CAFO’s joint initiative is to “inspire and equip Christians to live out effectively the Bible’s call to care for orphans and vulnerable children.” CAFO’s website has great resources, ideas and stories. 

  • The Forgotten Initiative is an organisation in the United States that provides resources, supports and networks for advocates across the US to help them to grow foster care ministries in their communities. The advocates support carers in both their church and their local community. The Forgotten Initiative website is full of amazing resources for carers including a blog and podcast. 

  • Church4Every Child this website encourages “meaningful connection between churches and families of children with disabilities for the purpose of making disciples of Jesus Christ.” It has many useful articles about how we can best support children with different needs, including those in foster care.

  • Dr Dan Seigel is internationally renowned as a child trauma specialist. His website is full of blogs, videos and resources. 

  • Dan Hughes is another international leader in child attachment and parenting. As foster and kinship carers we are trained in PACE parenting (Playfulness – Acceptance – Curiosity – Empathy) and his website has lots of information on this as well as attachment and trauma. 

  • Foster Care Institute. Dr John DeGarmois a “leading international foster care expert and consultant.” He has a great blog, has published many books, and has lots of great tips on his website.

 Books
  • Ready or not: 30 days of discovery for foster and adoptive parents, Pam Parish

  • Ready or not for battle-weary parents, Pam Parish

  • The boy who was raised by a dog, Dr Bruce Perry

  • The connected child: Bring hope and healing to your adoptive child Dr Karen Purvis

  • The gift, Pam Parish

  • All in orphan care: Small group curriculum, Jason Johnson

  • The beauty and brokenness of foster care, Jason Johnson

  • ReFraming foster care, Jason Johnson

  • Confessions of an adoptive parent, Mike Berry

  • The connected child, Dr Karyn Purvis

  • The whole-brain child, Daniel J Siegel

  • Another place at the table, Kathy Harrison

  • Wounded children, healing homes, Jayne Schooler, Betsy Keefer Smalley and Timothy Callahan

  • More to me, Saty Cornelius

  • Too small to ignore, Wess Stafford

  • Just a minute, Wess Stafford

  • Home for good, Krish Kandiah 

  • Broken Shy, Keennan

  • Born broken, Kristin Berry

  • Winning the heart of your child, Mike Berry

  • Confessions of an adoptive parent: Hope and help from the trenches of foster and adoptive care, Mike and Kristin Berry 

  • The adoptive parent toolbox, Mike and Kristin Berry 

Books for kids

  • Who loves (series), Jami Kaeb

  • Maybe days: A book for children in foster care, Jennifer Wilgocki

  • Mama one, Mama two, Patricia MacLachlan

 Podcasts
 Blogs
  • One Thankful Mom. Lisa Qualls is a “thankful Mom” based in the US. She shares stories of being a mum, marriage, adoption, foster care and faith on her blog. 

  • Pam Parish is a Christian Mum who fosters and has adopted in the US. She also wrote the devotional series Ready or notthat we use. Her blog has great articles about fostering. 

  • Jason Johnson writes a blog and has great resources for individuals fostering and for churches. He describes himself as “a writer and speaker who encourages families and equips churches in their foster care and adoption journeys so they can find the home and support they need along the way.”

  • Amythest Schaber is an autistic girl who blogs about autism, disability and living life on the spectrum. It is inspiring, humorous and informative.  

  • Christine Moers is a foster mum who has a website and YouTube channel about parenting with hope and healing. She is deeply inspiring and caring. 

 Videos