Posted by Heather Sewell
on September 03, 2015 / Posted in Adoption Support
, Family Support
Southeast Oldham Campus brings community together to advocate for orphan care and adoption support
September 16, 2015 • 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Southeast Oldham Campus Sanctuary
This September, Southeast Christian Church will bring the community together to learn about opportunities to care for vulnerable children and orphans, as well as networking adoption and foster families. As schedules fill with school events and sports, caring for children from hard places may be a distant thought for most. This event will inspire the community to engage on many different levels within the context of orphan care, expanding beyond the traditional ideas of adoption or foster parenting.
Families who have adopted or are currently serving children through foster parenting will be encouraged through a breakout session just for them! Darren and Stacia Washausen leaders of Orphan Care Alliance, will lead a session focused on support for families. Families caring for children from hard places understand that it takes a village to raise a child, but when the village doesn’t understand trauma and issues of attachment, some families tend to isolate. The encouragement that will come from this night will come in the form of building community in an environment of families who understand what one may be facing at home. This breakout session will focus on OCA Connect support groups for families, Empowered to Connect ongoing trainings and give you an event to look forward to in November. Each year OCA presents a Help, Hope, Heal Conference for families to gather for an entire day, November 14, and learn from local experts ways to heal their family relationships while connecting with kids from hard places.
For those who are looking for ways to engage in orphan care, the second breakout is for them! OCA Orphan Advocacy Director, Heather Sewell will introduce ways for anyone to engage in local orphan care. The complexity of caring for children will be broken down into individual parts. Orphan care can be more than caring for an individual child through adoption. In this breakout session, Heather will cover local programs like CASA, Safe Families for Children, and foster youth Life Coaching. Engaging in the local church to care for families caring for kids from hard places is also an important part of caring for orphans and vulnerable children. Providing a respite network within your local church or even setting up a meal train/drop team can make a huge impact on caring for orphans.
Whatever season one may be in, following the James 1:27 mandate to care for fatherless children can be fulfilled and each role is just as important as the other. Join us on September 16 and learn how you can use your gifts to care for children from hard places and orphans. Pre-registration is available for families who need Childcare. The event is free, but registration is requested.