FAM was created out of a calling to meet the foster care crisis in our community and our nation. The statistics and numbers are overwhelming when we are discussing the number of vulnerable children and teens who are in the foster care system, both locally and nationally. The foster care need affects all of us. Issues such as criminal activity, homelessness, abuse, sex trafficking, mental health, and addiction are a few of the areas that can be positively affected by our involvement with our communities vulnerable children, or they can continue to negatively increase due to our lack of involvement.
For those who have answered the call to be a foster parents, about 40-50% quit after the first year. This is due to lack of support, frustration with the system, and overall stress. FAM’s purpose is to help ease these struggles for both the parents and the children involved by providing a caring, non-judgmental support system to foster and adoptive families in our community and thereby enabling foster and adoption sustainability.
Calvary Belmar believes that God not only calls each one of us to be part of His ministry to help foster and adopt families but we also believe that he qualifies us to fulfill that calling. There is a place for each person to help in small and in big ways. From prayer to becoming a foster parent and everything in between there is a place for YOU to follow God’s direction to look after the orphans in their distress.
Calvary Belmar is certified through Project 1.27 as a Foster Adoption Friendly Church. This means our staff has been trained to create an environment where:
Caring for vulnerable children is part of the church culture.
Everyone in the congregation is consistently reminded to care for vulnerable children.
Foster, kinship and adoptive families find encouragement and practical support.
Children who have experienced trauma, grief and loss can grow into the people God intends them to be.