In the early 1900’s, it was the church that cared for the fatherless in our country, but as those facilities struggled to make ends meet, the government began to assume the role of providing for children where the parents were unable.
And so the Church began releasing its responsibility to government, which established systems and programs to address all the facets of protecting children.
Today, most states are struggling with funding, many children are coming into state custody, and there aren’t enough hands to handle the load. At the same time, the Church is awakening to its God-mandated responsibility to care for the fatherless. And while many will quote the phrase “separation of church and state”, children are one of the common intersections where everyone is on the same page. New relationships are forming and growing between church and state!
Personally, I have observed a few tangible examples just in the past month.
- Focus on the Family brought the Wait No More event to Louisville where church and state worked together and shared the stage encouraging families to adopt children in waiting. Fifty families stepped forward to begin the process.
- The state is working with OCA to manage one of the Shining Star galleries that brings awareness to people about the children who need families.
- The state invited OCA to speak at a meeting of private childcare providers in Kentucky about the prospect of partnering.
I am thrilled about what the future will bring and encouraged to see the growing interest of churches. Dr. Sharen Ford, Colorado State Adoption Specialist states, “the state systems were created to protect children, not to care for children”. So, please consider what ways you are called to provide care or support those who do.
Orphan Care Alliance