Posted June 19th
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress...James 1:27
Esther's Hope is part of our Micah 6:8 vision to "do justice." Mission is working together with Arizona1.27 to encourage the families at MISSION to become foster parents, adopt children out of the Arizona Foster Care System, and to support those that do. In short, we want to be part of the solution to the foster care crisis in Arizona.
How Great is the Need for Foster Families or Adoptive Families in Arizona?
Here are some statistics that illustrate the need for Esther's Hope.
- There are over 14,200 children in the Foster Care System, an increase of 1,000 children over the past year.
- About 1,500 children are living in shelters or group homes. The average stay for a child in a shelter or group home is now 115 days - even for children as young as 4 years of age.
- There is a need for about 1,000 additional foster homes.
- The highest need are for children age seven and older.
- More than 350 children have an immediate need for adoption.
How Can I Become Part of Esther's Hope?
There are three ways you can become part of the solution to the foster care crisis in Arizona.
- You can become a foster parent.
- You can adopt a child out of the foster care system.
- You can support a foster family or adoptive family.
Why Call Our Foster Care/Adoption Initiative Esther's Hope?
The name Esther's Hope comes from the story of Esther in the Old Testament. Esther was an orphan who was adopted and raised by her cousin Mordecai. As you read the Book of Esther you can clearly see how God used both Esther and Mordecai to change the history of Israel.
We believe that there is hope for children like Esther, and that as we invite orphans to become part of our families, God will use us and our children to make an impact here in Arizona and around the world.
If you would like more information about Esther's Hope, send an email to , check out our FACEBOOK page or call the church office.