Adoption Foster Care

General Info

Northland Adoption and Foster Care Ministry (AFC)

Northland, A Church Distributed is committed to children. One opportunity is serving the orphan or the fatherless. This can be by becoming a Foster Parent, adopting a child locally or internationally, or from Foster Care. Are you Interested in learning more or becoming involved? Do you want to explore possibilites of adoption, foster care or safe families? Check out the information on this site. Questions? afc@northlandchurch.net


Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. — Isaiah 1:17

STEP 1:
Keep up with current information by attending a monthly ministry meeting. The Adoption Foster Care group meets the THIRD THURSDAY of each month. 6:30-8:30pm in the CARE Center, Fellowship Hall. Note: No meeting December 2014 as we gather with the CARE Center team for the annual Holiday Celebration).

STEP 2:
Discuss with a ministry leader how you can become involved. Whether you have a desire to foster a child in need, adopt a child into a forever family, need support because you have adopted or fostered, or just want to help another family who has adopted, there is a place for you to serve. Need more info? Need to talk to someone who may understand your circumstance? Contact our Ministry Leaders - They will get back to you right away: Debbie Knipe or Traci Moyer.

 

 

 

Resources

10 Ways every Christian can care for the orphan and waiting child.
http://www.hopefor100.org/pdfs/10waysposter.pdf

Christian Alliance For Orphans
http://www.cafo.org/

Foster Care Resources
https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/resources/parents.cfm

Explore Adoption - Florida
http://www.adoptflorida.org/

Community Based Care - Seminole, Orange, Osceola County
http://www.cbccfl.org/

 

 

 

 

Adoption

America World Adoption
www.awaa.org
A faith-based organization that assists families through the process of adoption from various countries.

Explore Adoption
www.adoptflorida.org
Explore Adoption is a statewide adoption initiative aimed at promoting the benefits of public adoption. Explore Adoption urges families to consider creating or expanding their families by adopting a child who is older, has special needs, or is a part of a sibling group.

Bethany Christian Services
www.bethany.org
A Christ-centered social services agency serving families locally, as well as globally on five continents. Bethany Christian Services is the nation’s largest adoption agency and serves families through both domestic and international adoption and orphan care.

Great Wall China Adoption
www.gwca.org
An organization that assists families with adoptions from China.

 

 

 

Financials

There are many organizations available that provide grant and loans to assist families in the adoption process. Information about the adoption tax credit is also available.

Organizations that provide grants/loans for adoption

 

The Abba Fund
www.abbafund.org

Lifesong for Orphans
www.lifesongfororphans.org/adGrantLoans

Show Hope
www.showhope.org

God's Grace Adoption Ministry
www.ggam.org

All For Love Adoptions
www.allforloveadoptions.com/financing

The National Adoption Foundation
w
ww.fundyouradoption.org

The Gift of Adoption Fund
www.giftofadoption.org

The Dave Thomas Foundation
www.davethomasfoundation.org

Hope For Orphans
www.hopefororphans.org

Help Us Adopt
www.HelpUsAdopt.org

Tax Credit Information

There is also an adoption tax credit that can be deducted directly from the taxes you owe.  It is adjusted each year based upon the cost of living allowance.  For adoptions finalized in 2014, there is a federal adoption tax credit up to $13,190 per child. The 2014 adoption tax credit is NOT a refundable credit, which means taxpayers can only get the credit if they have federal income tax liability (money owed to the IRS).

To be eligible for the credit, parent must:

Have adopted a child other than a stepchild - A child must be either under 18 or be physically or mentally unable to take care of him or herself.

Be within the income limits - How much of the credit parents claim is affected by income. In 2014, families with a modified adjusted gross income below $197,880 can claim full credit. Those with income above $237,880 cannot claim the credit, those with income $197,880 - $237,880 can claim partial credit.

More information regarding the tax credit can be found here.

 

 

 

Fostering

CBC of Central Florida
www.CBCCFL.org
Community Based Care of Central Florida is a non-profit lead agency. They
ensure that all families in Orange, Osceola and Seminole County are able to care for their children by engaging, protecting and inspiring every child, through a network of support. They have several foster care programs.

Jeremiah’s Child
www.jeremiahschild.com
Licensed, Christ centered foster homes for children under 5 years old; alternative to state foster care system, support for growing relationship between Parent and Child. For families in crisis as a result of incarceration, illness or death.

 

 

Orphans

A Mother’s Love
www.amotherslovechina.com
A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, located in Winter Springs, Fla., dedicated to improving the lives of orphans in China. This is accomplished through surgeries, nutrition, education, foster care and camp programs. They also improve the living conditions of the orphanages by adding playgrounds, libraries, surgical centers and foster homes.

Bethany Christian Services
www.bethany.org
A Christ-centered social services agency serving families locally, as well as globally on five continents. Bethany Christian Services is the nation’s largest adoption agency and serves families through both domestic and international adoption and orphan care.

Christian Alliance for Orphans
www.cafo.org
Partnering with over 100 organizations, this website has many resources about orphan care.

Hope For Orphans
www.hopefororphans.org
This is a ministry of Family LIfe and has many resources on orphan care. Some of the organizations they work with are Show Hope, LIfesong, the Abba Fund and many others. The orphan care link can be found under organizations/orphan care on their website.

New Missions
http://newmissions.org/
Sponsor a child today and become the link between despair and opportunity. Your love and prayers will truly change the life of a child living in the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Begin a relationship with a child that will make a difference for eternity.

Show Hope
www.showhope.org
Founded by Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman, this faith-based organization has many resources about orphan care, adoption grants and others involving the church.

 

 

 

SAFE FAMILIES

Visit Bethany Christian Services and Safe Families for Children on the website

http://www.bethany.org/wintergarden/safe-families-children?link=menu

The Safe Families ministry seeks to deflect families from the child welfare system by providing care for children whose families are experiencing a temporary crisis or transition. Partners with churches to recruit host families, who out of their love of Christ and compassion for others, agree to temporarily open their homes to children in need, with no financial incentive. This program is unique as it also helps create lasting relationships between the families in need and mentor families, giving families in need a wider support system most would otherwise not have.

Please feel free to complete the Bethany Christian Services - Host Family  Application prior to coming to group training. (For Safe Families Roles: Case Coach, Transporter and Ministry Coordinator as well)

Please feel free to complete the Bethany Christian Services - Volunteer Application for Safe Families: Family Friend, Mentor

See additional information and FAQs on Safe Families 

Safe Families for Children Program @ Northland Roles:

Mentor:

Sometimes a parent in crisis needs more help getting back on their feet than a Host Family can provide while they are caring for a child(ren). In these situations, a mentor can come alongside the parent in crisis and guide to help them make the necessary changes in their lives through prayer, modeling, conversation, assistance, encouragement, and in accessing available support services. They act as a cheerleader for their success and have empathy for their struggles. We expect that most mentors will begin with very little knowledge of how to access support services but will become local experts through training and experience. Hosting of children is not needed for parents in crisis to be connected to a mentor.

Family Friends:

Family Friend may also provide assistance to the volunteers in the Safe Families ministry through:
1) services they can offer such as baby- sitting, transportation, yard work and hosting support groups;
2) professional services they can offer such as physicians, dentists, mental health professionals, barbers and teachers; and
3) physical objects they can donate such as diapers, formula, and gently-used baby equipment and children’s clothing;

Transporter:

Transport children to the Safe Families-Host family and obtain the required paperwork from biological family and Host Family.   

Host Family:

Host children in your home until crisis for biological family is resolved. Two fold ministry, caring for the children and offering yourself up to an on-going relationship with the biological parents, a spiritual extended family. Requirement: complete Bethany Christian Services application process including background check and fingerprinting.