Foster & Adoption Ministries
HHBC's Foster Care and Adoption Ministry (FAM) exists to love God and others by preparing and supporting our members to care for orphans in their affliction. We believe that Jesus reconciles us to God and each other.As we love God, we also love our neighbor; as we love our neighbor, we love our God. We believe that we are adopted by God in Christ; so we also follow him in practice - the adoption and care for the least of these that God might be glorified.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. James 1:27
The Least of These...An Orphan Care Summit
This past Sunday evening dozens of Henderson Hills members and guests gathered for the Annual Orphan Care Summit. The evening opened with a well attended general session outlining the upcoming support and educational programs being offered to encourage and support those interested or already involved in Foster Care or Adoption. Also highlighting the event were breakout sessions to connect people with ministry team members specializing in Domestic & International Adoption and Foster Care.
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Areas of Focus:
The gospel of Jesus Christ, the good news that through Jesus we have been adopted as sons and daughters into God's family, means that Christians ought to be at the forefront of the adoption of orphans in North America and around the world. HHBC's Adoption ministry seeks to encourage and support our members in pursuing caring for orphans through adoption.
- Domestic Adoption - HHBC's Adoption ministry desires to encourage and support members in pursuing the care of orphans here in Oklahoma. Dozens of families and hundreds of our members have experienced adoption. It is our desire to love God by serving our members by connecting them with others as they pursue caring for orphans through domestic adoption. Contact Aly Wyatt for more info.
- International Adoption - Estimates indicate there are more than 100 Million orphans worldwide. HHBC's Adoption ministry has members that have adopted from dozens of countries around the world. These families would like to encourage and support others as they pursue caring for orphans through international adoption. Contact Krista Lusey for more info.
- Waiting Moms Group — What happens once you’re done with the endless paperwork, home study, and get approval from your adoption/foster care agency? You wait. Join this Moms Group as we encourage, support, and pray for one another. We meet Monday evenings at a local coffee shop. Contact Courtney Shettron for more info.
At latest count, there are more than 11,000 children currently under the custody of the State of Oklahoma. HHBC's Foster Care ministry desires to encourage and support members in caring for these children. For more information contact Aly Wyatt.
- Foster Care Support Group — This group provides education and support to current and potential foster families. It meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at HHBC. Contact Amber Given for more info.
- Shelter Visits — One Friday a month, HHBC Community Groups have the opportunity to support the Pauline Meyer DHS Shelter. The volunteer groups will be provided ideas for activities, crafts, games, and snacks to offer a fun, safe, and enjoyable time for children in the shelter. Contact Aly Wyatt for more info.
Most of the orphans around the world are not available to be adopted from the United States. It is HHBC's belief that God still intends for us to care for these specific orphans. Join us as we explore ways to extend God's love to these children. Contact Randy & Luann Juengel for more info.
Faith FAMily Friends Program
This program is a tool used to equip members of HHBC to reach out to and support church members who are adopting children or serving as foster parents. Whether that is by providing meals, material items, child care, encouragement or prayer, our Faith FAMily Friends program will connect you with a family and teach you how to serve them well. If you are looking for support as a foster care or adoptive family, or if you would like more information about serving, contact Aly Wyatt for more info.
If you would like more information or would like to participate in any way please contact the Foster Care & Adoption Ministry at 405.513.7555.
Additional Recommended Resources:
Adopted for Life, authored by Russell D Moore - A stirring call to Christian families and churches to be a people who care for orphans, not just in word, but in deed. The gospel of Jesus Chris-the good new that through Jesus we have been adopted as sons and daughters into God's family-means that Christians ought to be at the forefront of the adoption of orphans in North America and around the world.
The Connected Child, co-authored by Dr. Karyn Purvis, Book - This book teaches parents about learning to look at their child with compassion, looking for ways to connect, and considering how their actions and past effect their parenting. We recommend using the book along with the available study guide.
The Whole Brain Child, co-authored by Dan Seigel, Book - Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., offer twelve revolutionary strategies to nurture your child’s developing mind. It is an excellent resource to help parents understand how a child’s brain develops and functions, and how they can help their child learn how to handle and respond to different experiences and challenges.
Anatomy of the Soul, by Curt Thompson, M.D., Book - This book teaches you how to recognize what is going on with yourself and how to foster growth within yourself. You can in turn apply what you learn about yourself to your children.
What Every Adoptive Parent Should Know, DVD - This DVD consists of eight short video sessions covering some of the basics that every adoptive and foster parent needs to know.
Insights and Gifts Video Series - This series consists of short (2 to 5 minute) video sessions divided into 7 insights and 7 gifts plus an online discussion guide. Designed primarily for discussion group purposes.
Attachment Workshop: Parenting with Your Brain in Mind, DVD - In this video, Curt Thompson, M.D. offers helpful insights about, and the practical implications and applications of, the following:
- fundamental elements of the mind and its function
- the process of attachment and its essential role in parenting
- the importance of “making sense of your story”
- practical exercises related to the development of emotional and spiritual maturity in your child
Listen to Our Hearts, DVD - This video is adoptee led and offers the unique opportunity to “listen in” to the experiences, stories, and perspectives of adopted persons from diverse backgrounds.
Attachment: The Heart of Connection (Attachment Workshop), DVD - This workshop was led by both Dr. Karyn Purvis, Director of the Institute of Child Development and TCU, and Deborah Gray, Child and Family Therapist.
My Story. Your Story. Our Story., DVD - This DVD was recorded live at an event designed to help adoptive and foster parents see themselves and their children through the lens of story. Speakers Scott McClellan, Carissa Woodwyk, and Greg & Tracey Fields share their stories and explore the ways in which story helps experience hope and healing in our families.
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