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. If you have any questions about how you can be involved in either fostering or adopting children, contact Abby Blazs.
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)
FAM Community Nights is taking a break through the summer months. Please check back here for announcements regarding when Community Nights will resume.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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. Contact us, if you are looking for support as a foster care or adoptive family, or if you would like more information about serving.
For more information about specific serving opportunities in this ministry, contact Abby Blazs.
As a part of our Foster and Adoption Ministry at HHBC, we have hosted the HALO Project for different age groups throughout the year. HALO (Healing, Attachment, Loving, Outreach) Project is a 10-week, intensive outpatient intervention designed to meet the unique and diverse needs of children who are in foster care, have been adopted, or are exhibiting difficulty in the area of attachment as well as their parents.
THE NEXT SESSION OFFERED
Our upcoming session will be for 3-7-year-olds. It begins on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, from 6-9 pm for 10 weeks. If you would like to sign up your foster/adopted child, please contact Amber Given.
Sessions are offered by specific age groupings (3-7-year-old, 8-12-year-olds and teens) on Tuesdays from 6-8 pm for 10 weeks. Depending on age groups, kids may be partnered up with a buddy, meet in groups or individually. There is group time for children and also for parents. This class will be at no cost to you. We want to support our families who have been called to foster and adopt. This is just one way we feel that we can do that well. If interested in the present session or future sessions for other age groups, please contact Amber Given.
FAM HALO provides a unique volunteer opportunity for individuals who have a heart for children in foster care and/or children who have been adopted. Each of the six children (ages 3-7) enrolled in the HHBC HALO Project is assigned their own personal buddy. The buddy provides one-on-one positive nurturing interactions with a child during Tuesday nights for 10 weeks from 6-8:00 pm. The buddy and child will be crafting, snacking, reading, and playing together as well as participating in group activities. Laughter and joy are utilized to promote a safe nurturing environment. Sessions will start Tuesday, June 5th. To volunteer, contact Amber Given for more information.
MORE ABOUT HALO PROJECT
HALO Project relies heavily on the Trust-Based Relational Intervention model created by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross at the TCU Institute of Child Development.
Families that participated in HALO Project experienced a decrease in relational frustration with their child, an increase in attachment, parenting confidence, and involvement. Parents reported a decrease in problematic behaviors in their children and reported less frustration with the problematic behaviors. Overall, all families reported an increase in compassion and understanding of their child and their unique history. You can find more information at www.haloprojectokc.org.
HHBC’s FAM (Foster 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!”
Contact us in Local Outreach to get involved serving foster or adopted children at HHBC.