To date, more than 1,900 families across the nation have initiated the process of adoption from foster care as a result of the collaborative efforts of Wait No More, an initiative of Focus on the Family.
Most recently, around 240 people attended the Wait No More event at Northeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY, on October 20. As a result, 50 families initiated the process of adoption from foster care. As Focus on the Family points out, this means that many children in Kentucky and Indiana will wait no more for the families they deserve.
“At Focus on the Family, we believe that every child has the right to have a family,” reports the organization. “That's why we're collaborating with adoption agencies, church leaders, and ministry partners to raise awareness of and recruit families for those waiting for permanent families.”
Through one day events and targeted marketing campaigns, Focus on the Family is highlighting the urgent need for adoptive parents.
Right now, more than 500,000 minor children are in the U.S. foster care system, and well over 100,000 of them are available – and waiting – for adoption. And considering how the United States has more than 300,000 churches, Focus on the Family is hoping that many more believers will come to realize the clear commands that God has given for Christians to take care of orphans.
“[T]he command is clear and the need is apparent,” states the organization. “So … why are these kids still waiting?”
To help get the word out, Focus on the Family has partnered with Tyndale House Publishers, which is bringing attention to Wait No More and the needs of modern day orphans through the publication of several relevant resources. One is David Sanford’s Handbook on Thriving As an Adoptive Family, which offers real-life solutions to common challenges of adoptive families.
The latest resource Focus has created to shine light on the issue of modern-day orphan care is the Radio Theatre release of Oliver Twist, which features an award-winning British cast.
“After watching it, you’ll realize that today, as in Dickens’ era, the question remains the same: Who will help these children?” states Tyndale.
According to Tyndale, proceeds from this product will help support Focus’s Wait No More initiative. Furthermore, an interview with writer Paul McCusker and Wait No More author Kelly Rosati will air on the Focus on the Family broadcast November 1.
For those interested in seeing Wait No More come to their state, an application is available for download at icareaboutorphans.org.
So far, the event has been held in 12 states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington.
Published: November 1, 2012