Adoptive and Fostering Ministries Support and Action

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Spiritual Works of Mercy:

  • To instruct the ignorant;
  • To counsel the doubtful;
  • To bear wrongs patiently;
  • To forgive offences willingly;
  • To comfort the afflicted;
  • To pray for the living and the dead.

Corporal Works of Mercy:

  • To feed the hungry;
  • To give drink to the thirsty;
  • To clothe the naked;
  • To shelter the homeless;
  • To Care for the sick

KVC  announces a unanimous decision that their team wanted to honor Colonial Presbyterian Church, Olathe Bible Church and Church of the Ascension for all of their generosity through their work with the Care Portal. Our staff and families can not say thank you enough for ALL that you have given to our communities!

Want to become a foster parent?

Take a Tips-Mapp class. It’s free & being hosted at Colonial  Pres.

(Ascension will even help with childcare costs)!

The next TIPS-MAPP (Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety and Permanence – Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting)

This 10 week group allows an individual, couple or family to begin the process of becoming a licensed foster home.  This course: Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety and Permanence: A Part of Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting is required by the State of Kansas in order to become a licensed foster home.  This course will be taught by Hannah Mabie (Certified TIPS-MAPP Instructor) & a co-lead.  This course is open to the community & is FREE of charge. As an offer of support for attending families, Colonial is happy to sponsor a childcare stipend to those who attend this course (information on the registration form).  Contact Jean in office for more details or Hannah J Mabie, BSW, TIPS-MAPP Leader Colonial Presbyterian Church12501 West 137th Street, Overland Park, KS 66221  Impact Ministries  Foster & Adopt Ministry, Coordinator:  hmabie@colonialkc.org

You Thrve

Look at this flyer that outlines the problems and help for kids “aging out of foster system

Did you know Ascension is active in and supports the foster care and adoption ministry?  YOUTHRIVE is looking for people willing to engage in a mentoring-like relationship with a youth aging out of foster care in Wyandotte and Johnson Counties. They call these relationships “Support Families.”  Youthrive  ask for a one-two year commitment from each Support Family and a willingness to spend at least four hours per month face to face with the youth and have weekly contact in order to provide emotional support and empower the youth toward their goals for their future. Want to learn more??   www.youthrive.org/mypath/our-support-model/. Please contact Jean in the office for more info or Jackie Hodson at jackie@youthrive.org if you have any questions or would like to learn more about YOUTHRIVE’s approach

This is part of how we are helping to support  a ministry for youths who are aging out of foster care (mandatory age is 18).  These kids have some resources but precious few support people.  This ministry is looking for mentor families. These community volunteers will supplement and strengthen the youth’s existing supportive relationships by serving in a mentoring-like role. Unlike many mentoring relationships, the Support Family will be advised to avoid being directive in their coaching, but focusing instead on developing a youth-adult partnership of mutual learning. The Support Family will be guided to take a posture of encouraging and supporting the young adult as they learn to take ownership and responsibility of their own goals and decisions. The role of Support Family is not limited to married and single parents with children. Any adult over 25 years old can volunteer to serve as Support Family for the youth in our program. Their primary role is to commit to a family-like relationship of caring, encouragement and supportive coaching.

Please contact Jackie Hodson at jackie@youthrive.org if you have any questions or would like to learn more about YOUTHRIVE’s approach.

careportal-logo_WHITE-WEB2Care Portal: One social worker from Jackson County, Missouri, recently quoted, “I have never seen such willingness to reach out with kindness to meet the needs of our struggling families and children. The response time is incredibly prompt and timely. Thank you with all my heart.”

Care Portal is designed to facilitate local church awareness of community needs. Through partnerships with respective state child welfare agencies,(foster kids, adoption hopefuls) social workers and nurses and case workers are communicating the needs of struggling families to Care Portal enrolled churches. This is the medium by which needs – vetted by independent, reliable sources – is now being easily passed to our church and many other churches in the KC area. For years, a divide has existed between the church and state.  Each has  largely worked independently to care for local children and families in  crisis.  CarePortal is changing that, moving the care model from the separation of church and state to the cooperation of church and state. Still in the early stages, CarePortal is helping local churches meet local needs they never knew about, while fostering cross-congregational cooperation and building new relationships based on goodwill and increased understanding.

They send out an email, with the needs of the family explained, and we can HELP by clicking on the email,  I will be emailing out the requests that I think we can help with.(for example some material requests, like beds, baby items, kitchen table, washer and dryer so far).. I will be emailing different active ministries.  If you can help with transporting things to the needy families, I would love to have your name!!!! Contact Jean in the office if you want to help or for more info.  click here for a video explaining Care Portal

Clothing closet in Olathe to shop by apt for Foster kids: Call 913-375- 2533.

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