Fathered is a ministry of Hope Church that seeks to raise awareness about the orphan crisis; to educate, equip & support those considering or currently in the process of adopting; and to love & respond by supporting those who are adopting and/or fostering, offering respite care to foster parents, participating in short-term orphan hosting programs, making mission trips to orphanages, and giving to the Fathered Fund.

The FATHERED orphan care ministry exists to share the love of Christ through taking care of His children. “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you” (James 1:27).

Fathered is a group of mothers and fathers (both single and married), children and teenagers who commonly have a heart for the fatherless. Some of us have adopted. Some of us have fostered. Others support those who do. Please join us in caring for the orphan, ”One child at a time.”

The Fathered Name

The name “Fathered” is a reference to the adoption all Christians experience into God’s family, a salvation from our state of being orphaned in sin and separated from Him. Similarly, we seek to respond to God’s mandate to care for the fatherless by supporting and loving orphans both locally and globally.

God’s Heart for Orphans

For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing. ~Deuteronomy 10:18

“Cursed is the man who withholds justice from the alien, the fatherless or the widow.” Then all the people [of Israel] shall say, “Amen!” ~Deuteronomy 27:19

Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds — his name is the Lord — and rejoice before him. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families. ~Psalm 68:4-6a

The Lord watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. ~Psalm 146:9

Do not move an ancient boundary stone or encroach on the fields of the fatherless, for their Defender is strong; he will take up their case against you. ~Proverbs 23:10-11

This is what the Lord says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of his oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the alien, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place. ~Jeremiah 22:3

Get Involved

1. Pray
2. Advocate for waiting children
3. Visit orphans
4. Provide for their needs
5. Share God’s love by writing letters of support
6. Assist at the Crisis pregnancy center
7. Support those who are fostering / have adopted
8. Become a foster parent
9. Adopt
10. Join the Fathered Ministry

To learn more about Fathered, please email fathered@nullhopecentral.com

The Fathered Fund

The Fathered Fund exists to help those who desire to adopt but need financial assistance. Our goal is to bless as many children and families through this fund as our resources will allow. Fathered partners with Lifesong for Orphans to administer the Fathered fund. Lifesong for Orphans is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt orphan care and adoption ministry that helps churches across the country establish and administer assistance funds. Fathered is responsible for setting the vision and direction of the fund, while LifeSong exclusively handles the confidential application process, including evaluating applicants, and making decisions regarding disbursement of funds. 100% of contributions are used to provide for the needs of those seeking an adoption. No administrative fees are charged for any donation made directly to Lifesong on behalf of the Fathered Fund. All contributions to the Fathered Fund are fully tax deductible. To make a donation, you can send a donation to: Lifesong for Orphans c/o Fathered Fund (Hope Church) PO Box 40 Gridley, IL 61744 If you prefer to donate online, please go to LifeSong for Orphans, and click “Make a donation”. Please be sure to indicate “Fathered Fund (Hope Church)” in the description field to properly designate your donation. LifeSong utilizes PayPal for online donations, so please know that it receives 2-3% of any donation made in this way.

Families seeking to adopt may also consider contacting Entrust Federal Credit Union.  Entrust FCU is a supporter of the Fathered ministry and makes loans available to families who need financial assistance with adoption expenses.”

1.  Visit lifesongfororphans.org

2.  In the top bar, on the right click ‘Give’ and then ‘Make a Donation’
3.  In the orange box at right, click ‘One Time Donation’ or ‘Recurring Donation’
4.  Fill out the form with your personal info, then under ‘Gift Preference’ choose ‘Adoption Funding’
5.  Under ‘Adoption Gift Preference’, choose ‘Adoption Fund’
6.  Enter ‘Fathered Fund’ under ‘Adoption Fund Name’
7.  Enter donation amount
8.  Click submit

Orphan Crisis

Orphan Statistics
• Worldwide, an estimated 153 million children ranging from newborns to age 17 have lost one or both parents (UNICEF).
• Every 2.2 seconds a child loses a parent somewhere in the world.
• Every day 5,760 more children in the world become orphans.
• By 2015 it is projected that there will be 400 million orphaned children worldwide.
• HIV/AIDS alone has orphaned 15 million children, most of them in Sub-Saharan Africa.
• In developing countries, more than one third of all children live in poverty.
• In the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, a total of 1.3 million children live in institutional care.
• Millions of children all over the world have to cope with domestic violence – be it neglect, physical or mental punishment, emotional or sexual abuse.
• Millions of children are refugees, asylum seekers, stateless and internally displaced by conflict, violations of their human rights, and natural disasters.
• Only 60% of children of secondary school age currently attend a secondary or higher school. The remaining 40% either attend a primary school or do not go to school at all.

Foster Statistics

• Children in foster care in the US: 408,425
• Children in foster care waiting to be adopted: 107,011
• Average length of stay in continuous foster care of waiting children: 37.3 months
• Approximately 25,000 children “age out” of the foster care system every year at age 18 o 25% of these foster children will become homeless o 56% of these emancipated foster care children enter the unemployment ranks o 27% of the emancipated male children in foster care end up in jail o 30% of the emancipated females in foster care experience early parenthood
• Average age of a child in the foster system: 9.4 yrs old
• Average age of a child waiting to be adopted: 8 yrs old
• Average length of stay in the foster system: 25.3 months
• Number of children whose parental rights were terminated in FY 2010: 64,084
• Approximate number of children adopted from foster care in FY 2010: 52,891
• Number of caring adults it takes to make a life-long difference for a child in the foster system: 1


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