Fostering Families - Osceola County
Fostering Faith Program
"I was a stranger and you invited me in." (Matthew 25:35)
The body of Christ is a primary target for recruitment because of the biblical mandate to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. The application of the believer's faith in regard to a "pure and undefiled religion before God" is to "visit orphans and widows in their troubles" (James 1:27) and to "learn to do good, seek justice...defend the fatherless" (Isaiah 1:17). Many believers seek to serve God by standing in the gap for these children. Children's Home Network believes that family is the most important building block to human society and, as such, needs to be nurtured and strengthened. Through the miracle of foster care, children are protected, healed, and loved while birth families can learn new parenting skills that will break the cycle of hurt and despair for generations to come.
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another" (John 13:34-35).
Right now in Osceola County, close to 200 children are not able to live at home or sleep in their own beds - an estimated 40% of those children are Hispanic. Physical abuse, neglect, abandonment, drug and alcohol problems, and sexual abuse are just some of the reasons a child may end up in foster care. Unfortunately, there are less than 60 licensed foster family homes in the Osceola community to care for them. As a result, children are often placed out of the county, and at times, separated from their siblings due to the lack of available foster homes.
Children in foster care are:
- Ages birth through 17
- Traumatized by their experiences prior to, and as a result of, removal
- Often part of a sibling group needing placement together
- Physically, mentally, or emotionally challenged
- Capable, loveable, worthwhile and able to heal and thrive!
Children must feel secure and have their basic needs met in order to live healthy lives and seek true healing. Children should be placed into foster homes within their county and communities, where they will receive the nurturing, security, and family roots that all children need and deserve. Foster care is intended to be a temporary living arrangement for children who have been removed from their parents due to abuse/neglect or the imminent risk thereof. Foster parents provide a nurturing environment where children can heal while their birth families receive services to help them resolve uses and become a safer, stronger family. The goal of foster care is to reunify children with their families, and foster parents play a critical role in helping not only the children, but also mentoring families so they can become better parents.
Together as the Body of Christ, respond to God's call.
For more information on becoming a foster parent in Osceola County,
call (407) 744-2665 or click here to send us an email.
For information on Fostering Families Hillsborough County, click here.
To view our foster parent frequently asked questions, click here.