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+ Mobilize the church to serve the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of isolated families
+ Build relationships with families in need and provide community referrals
+ Empower families to gain stability and independence
“Nationally, 50% of foster families quit either after the first year or after their first placement, primarily because they didn’t feel supported. The Care Communities model has been proven to retain up to 90% of those foster parents. Care communities are teams of 6-8 people that wrap around a foster family, adoptive family, or a New Mercies host family. They offer emotional, spiritual, and practical support. Members choose the roles they want to play in the care community. Care Community volunteers will be assigned a family that is close to you geographically, not more than a 15 minute drive.” Hands of Hope: Care Communities
Loving Shepherd Ministries offers a completely free service to help your family prayerfully identify your unique needs and determine which adoption options offer the best match.
LSM also can provide a list of ethical, experienced and financially stable agencies and home study providers matching your specific options that can help you move forward when you are ready.
Adoption costs and timelines can vary greatly depending what path you take. Timelines can vary from a few months to several years, with key factors including Country, Ethnicity, age of child, and special needs.
Costs are usually spread out over time and there are many options available to help fund your adoption, including a matching grant offered for Pathway families.
Pathway has an extensive library of adoption related books that are available for checkout. Some particularly good ones include Adopt Without Debt, The Connected Child and Beyond Consequences, Logic and Control.
Post-adoption support is important to help a new child and family connect. Many agencies offer some level of post-placement support and home visits. Pathway offers a post-adoptive parents’ support group, and can provide names of several counselors that specialize in adoption, attachment, and trauma recovery.