Adoption & Foster Care Support Ministry of Olathe Bible Church is there to walk alongside families who have or are in the process of adopting or fostering children. We provide financial, emotional, spiritual and relational support in a variety of ways.
For questions or to get involved, please contact Jennifer Mellick.
We want to intervene and keep children from becoming orphaned. That’s why our Orphan Ministry encourages families to adopt through our Adoption Assistance Fund. This fund supports families financially through matching grants and loans in order to make the financial process easier. This fund is made possible through our partnership with Lifesong for Orphans, who administers our funds.
We also encourage and support families to adopt and foster through our Family Network. The Family Network is for any fostering, adopting or support family, anywhere along the journey. We enjoy a dinner together and then hear from a presenter who speaks on a relevant topic. Childcare is available as well. The Family Network is open to any family in our local community.
The Family Network connects families who can relate to one another because they share similar experiences. In addition, we want to equip all foster, adopting, and support families with the resources we have available. This includes the valuable contacts we have made with local experts and the information we have learned throughout the development of our Orphan Ministry.
Wrap Around Care is essential. As a family journeys through the fostering or adopting process, individuals and families who come alongside them are a vital part of the process. Having one other family (which we call Support Family) know you and be there for you is the #1 defense against the fostering or adopting family falling apart. The Support Family is like extended family. Can’t commit as a full-time Support Family? That’s ok. There are other ways you can help. Individuals or families can provide one-time or occasional support (often a backup to the Support Family). This could look like bringing a meal, helping with yard work, transportation, or babysitting. In addition, you also can mentor, tutor, or provide professional services like counseling to a child. All of these elements combined is what it looks like for the Church to wrap around the families stepping into foster care or adoption. We encourage our support families to be a part of the Family Network so they can better understand the challenges, issues and victories that fostering and adopting families face.