Support & healing for foster care families
Foster Care Support
Foster and adoptive parents need to surround themselves with people who can encourage them when things are difficult. Children are healing and adjusting, and so is the entire family. Our foster care ministry serves to come alongside and support singles and families in our church as they pursue foster care and welcome children into their homes. We would love to help anyone interested in learning more about foster care find the answers they need.
Foster Care Support groups meet on the first Sunday of the month, alternating monthly between women’s and men’s groups.
Foster Care Support FAQs
What are the 2019-2020 meeting dates?
Foster Care Orientation: Our next orientation will be on Sunday, January 19 from 4-5pm at our Windsor Heights location. A staff member from Four Oaks will be teaching the orientation, which is an overview of the licensing process and a time to answer questions. This orientation counts as the first step in the process and anyone will be able to register for the 10-week class afterwards if they choose to.
Women’s Groups: September 1, November 3, January 5, March 8
Men’s Groups: October 6, December 1, February 2, April 5
Do you have supplies available to families when they receive a placement?
Yes we do! Our Care Closet is located at Walnut Creek Downtown. We have gently used clothes, toys, and furniture available as well as diapers, wipes, and toiletry items. It is not expected that you return any items to the closet but if you are no longer using them, especially larger items such as cribs, please consider passing them onto another family through the closet. Please contact Bethany Knupp if you are in need of any items.
Can I donate items to the Care Closet?
Any items for babies or children are accepted for donations (e.g.
clothes, car seats, toys, diapers, high chairs, cribs, etc.). When donating items, please ensure they are clean and that clothes are gently used (no rips or stains). Car seats that are donated should not be expired or close to expiring.
Are there any families in the church who can offer respite care?
We can provide you with a list of Walnut Creek families and singles that are willing to help with respite needs. Please contact us as soon as you know you might need help taking care of your foster child(ren) so that there is plenty of time to plan out the details. You will still need to let your Four Oaks worker and DHS worker know in advance when your foster placement(s) will be receiving respite care.
Get to know the amazing people who make our ministries happen
From the team:
“We believe in the role of the Body of Christ serving as foster and adoptive parents and want to do our part in supporting those who believe God has called them to it and helping to meet their tangible needs.”
— Stephanie Shattuck
Foster Care Support Coordinator
Serve on the Foster Care Support team
If you have a desire to partner with families who are involved with foster care and adoption, you may be a great fit for our Foster Care Support team.