Session 4: The Church and State as Partners in Foster Care

“The church, if it could do it by itself, would...but the government has custody of the children. And so, it’s that collaborative process that’s going to make a difference in the lives of children and families.” -Dr. Sharen Ford

More and more churches around the country are awakening to the needs of children and families involved in the foster care system. One of the most important elements of church involvement in foster care is developing and maintaining a positive and productive relationship with local and state child welfare offices. In this session, you will explore the importance of this relationship and come away with key insights and tools that will help you to develop the kind of relationship with government that can make a world of difference in the lives of children and families.



Stay tuned for our brand new Foster Movement Podcast coming later this spring!



These questions are designed to help you and your team process the material from Session 4 and discuss what your next steps should be.



So what does a church and government relationship actually look like.  This series of short vignettes provides six snapshots of places where church and government partnership is working and growing around the country.



How do you start a meaningful and productive dialogue with your local child welfare office?  This list of 10 practical questions will get you on the right track.


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“We’re in this together”

Jedd Medefind, President, Christian Alliance for Orphans

These partners and CAFO member organizations collaborated in the development of the content for this session:
Arizona 127
The CALL (Children of Arkansas Loved for a Lifetime)
Child Bridge: Montana
Embrace Texas
Focus on the Family
A Home for Me
Project 1.27
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