An open letter to Georgia’s faith communities during National Foster Care Month


Bob Bruder-Mattson, president and CEO of The United Methodist Children’s Home, wrote the following open letter to faith communities during National Foster Care Month. Find more on National Foster Care Month at

Right now, in your community, there are children who need your help. Georgia has more than 10,000 youth in its child welfare system and the number continues to grow. The shortage of foster homes results in children being separated from siblings and living far from home.

Every week, The United Methodist Children’s Home must turn away 30 children or more who need our urgent assistance to find a loving foster home.

As a fellow disciple of Jesus Christ, I urge you to consider one of the many simple ways you could help.

Here are a few examples:

  • Invite The Children’s Home to host a foster care informational meeting at your church.
  • Provide childcare to a foster family to give them a much-needed break or date night.
  • Volunteer to teach a life skill to an older foster youth.
  • Donate diapers or new children’s clothes to The Children’s Home.
  • Tell one person every day about the need for more foster parents in Georgia.
The Bible tells us in Matthew 25:40: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

Today, will you commit to learning more about how you can help? Sign up on our website to learn about additional ideas and ways to get involved. Please visit or contact us today.

The Children’s Home believes that we are being called to address our state’s urgent problem, and we believe we can make a big difference. With your help, we can make Georgia a place where every child is raised in a loving, compassionate, and nurturing home.

We are ready to meet this crisis – will you partner with us on this important journey? I look forward to hearing how you choose to help us.

Bob J. Bruder-Mattson
President and Chief Executive Officer
The United Methodist Children's Home
(404) 327-5824