In our state, more than 11,000 children are in the Foster Care System (7,000 of those in North Georgia). Some 300 kids sleep in hotels each month with strangers (state contracted employees). Our United Methodist Children's Home turns away 30 kids a week who are in need of foster care placement. Nearly 50 percent are placed outside their home county.
"The good news is that the Church, our United Methodist Church, can solve these problems," wrote Rev. Brett DeHart, UMCH Director of Church and Community Relations. "We can get kids out of hotel rooms and into loving, compassionate, nurturing and Christian homes."
To respond to the current crisis, the United Methodist Children's Home will expand its foster care services from 70 children served a day to 500 by 2020. This is a bold and ambitious goal. Each church can support the work of the United Methodist Children's Home by taking the Amazing Grace annual offering on September 20 or another date that works best for your congregation.
"Like no other time in our state’s history, the Church is being asked by Georgia’s leaders to stand tall in the gap for our foster children and youth. We’re being asked to do what only the Church can do: To restore children and families from trauma through Jesus Christ," said DeHart.
Download materials at www.umchildrenshome.org/amazing-grace-online-toolkit/