When Arizona Faith and Families was founded, the following slogan was chosen: “A biblical model for foster care and adoption.”
So what does this biblical foundation look like?
Highlighted below are four key points:
- The Bible is the ultimate source of truth for foster/adoptive parents. “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim 3:16, NASB). Scripture is what equips us for the good work that God has called us to do, and it must be central to the training of foster and adoptive parents.
- The Bible teaches us to pray. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Phil 4:6). Christians must pray to seek God’s will, and our agency is committed to regular prayer for parents who partner with us. These prayers are for the purpose of our parents to clearly see God’s will in their lives, for us to accurately identify and understand what each family is equipped to handle, and to ask God to grant each of us wisdom through the process.
- The Bible has much to say about parenting. “The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple” (Ps 19:7, NASB). The children you bring into your home will need restoration. They will need a place to feel safe and heal. Christians are uniquely equipped to provide this environment. These children will also display behaviors that surprise, disrupt, and change your family environment. We can count on the Bible to give us the wisdom we need to parent during these tough circumstances.
- Finally, the Bible teaches us the power of community. “Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (Prov 27:17, NASB). Being a foster parent should not be done in isolation. It needs to be done in community. In most cases this community includes not only your personal family supports, but also the biological family of the children in care.
Our staff can personally attest that foster parenting is tough! However, as Christians we have been given the tools that we need to face these challenges head on while bringing glory to our God and Savior. Arizona Faith and Families is committed to helping our families feel empowered, equipped, and supported as they navigate this process. Please contact us or visit our FAQ page to find out more.