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.”
“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
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
10. Join the Fathered Ministry
To learn more about Fathered, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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
• 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.
• 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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