HHBC's Foster Care and Adoption Ministry (FAM) exists to love God and others by preparing, supporting, and encouraging our members to reach out and 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 (ESV)
10-Week Session began October 11th, New session will begin in January.
HALO (Healing, Attachment, Loving, Outreach) Project is a 10-week program designed to meet the unique needs of children in foster care or children that have been adopted. HALO Project relies heavily on the Trust Based Relational Intervention model created by Dr. Purvis and Dr. Cross.
With the staggering numbers of children in foster care (currently 11,000 in Oklahoma) and the orphan crisis world-wide, (168 million children) local churches have put a call out to the faith-based community to provide loving, Christian homes to children who have suffered from abuse, neglect, and trauma. Unfortunately, these children often have attachment and behavioral issues that impact relationships in the home, church, and school settings.
HHBC’s FAM (Foster Care and Adoption Ministry) recognizes the importance of following James 1:27 (to care for the orphans). The Clark family from HHBC recently participated in HALO and Erin Clark shared,
“Our family has benefited tremendously from the HALO Project! I only wish we would have had the training sooner, prior to
serving in foster care. We feel equipped with key tools now more than ever!”
There is sometimes a 1-2 year waiting list for families in need of the HALO intervention! HHBC heard the call and offered to help expand HALO. Starting on October 11th, HHBC FAM will work with HALO to provide the opportunity for healing to hurting children and families. We are looking for volunteers to be a “buddy” for each child age 3-7.
Contact Rob Hunt to get involved serving these kids at HHBC.
Foster Care Support Group
Support group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month in the Large Conference Room (Office building) from 6:30-7:30 pm.
Shelter Visit Opportunity for Community Groups
Contact us for more information.
Waiting Moms Support Group
Meets Monday evenings.
Contact Courtney Shettron for more information.
FAM's Areas of Focus:
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 us.
- 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 information.
- Shelter Visits One Friday a month, HHBC Community Groupshave 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 us for more information.
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 us for more information.
- 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 information.
- Waiting Moms Group What happens once youre 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 information.
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 us.
If you would like more information or would like to participate in any way please contact the Foster Care & Adoption Ministry at 405.513.7554.
Foster Care and Adoption Ministry Disclosure Statement
All of Gods people are called to minister to the hurting and lost. For effective ministry, God equips His saints with specific gifts and skills to minister to people in need. This is no less true when it comes to foster care and adoption. It is a great blessing and responsibility to welcome a new child into your family. However, it is vital that anyone considering such an undertaking is equipped with the right information for such a decisionrealistic expectations lead to better decisions and outcomes for everyone. Please read the disclosure and carefully consider its contents as you prepare your family for this great ministry.
Click the button below to download the FAM Discolsure Statement
Click the More Information button below to learn about specific serving opportunities in this ministry.