May is National Foster Care Month in the United States, so I thought I would share briefly with you about a project I have been involved in. I was asked to write the adoption stories of a handful of foster families for a local exhibit put on by a photography studio. The exhibit, titled Courageous Love, was dreamed up by the owners of Freedom Photography. They too are foster/adoptive parents and live each day knowing the eternal difference that families make when bringing foster children into their home. You can read their story here: Colors Don’t Matter.
The gallery is going to be a traveling one and will be hanging on the walls of various businesses and community centers around the area that we live. The hope is that it will draw attention to the needs of children in foster care who are waiting to be adopted, and to encourage people to consider becoming foster/adoptive parents. My family was also featured in the gallery, and we were really blessed to be a part of it.
Here is the one of my family:
As I spent each night writing out the stories of how God has used these families to open their homes to children, I could not help but be reminded of the importance of obedience in faith. The choice to step out in blind faith, cling to the hope of a living God, and prayerfully care for His children, were themes that jumped out at me while I wrote the stories of families. It was amazing to see how the separate journeys of the children and the adoptive families crossed paths to unite and become a part of each other’s lives forever.
The photographers thanked me immensely for helping them out with this project, but to be honest, I count it a blessing to be a part of it. Getting glimpses into the lives of some special children, and special parents, reminded me that a life lived within the full measure of His presence and the hope that lies within, is a life well-lived. Story after story spoke of the prayerful desire to fill their homes with children while also meeting the needs of the most vulnerable in our community.
If you would like to take a peek at the photos, click on the link below to be taken to the website. The stories of each family are found next to their images in a black thumbnail with white writing. Click on it to enlarge so that you can read it!
If you are a photographer or know someone who is, here are some ways that you can help out foster families and kids in the system:
- Offer to take senior pictures for free for teenagers in foster care
- Offer discounted photo sessions for foster families and foster children
- Suggest to other photographers to get involved with galleries such as the one described in this blog post
- Put brochures up in your studio about the needs of foster children
- Offer to take pictures at community events that feature foster families
Above all, let’s all pray without ceasing for the over 400,000 children and youth in foster care in the United States. Nearly 115,000 of them are eligible and in need of adoptive families.