July 10th is your next opportunity to get involved with foster and adoption or how you can support those who are fostering/adopting. We will be having classes during the 9am and 10:45am services in the second gym in McGraw.

Caring for kids in the foster care system, is a big issue for anyone to tackle alone. Redeemer Church knows it takes each of us, with our individual giftings to tackle this issue.

When it comes to the Permian Basin’s orphan care, we know there are many problems and issues. Redeemer Church is full of people and families that want to impact this problem. We want to walk beside anyone who wants to get more involved in making a difference.

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What if life is just too crazy for me right now, how can I still help?
Hot meals, kids clothing, diapers and wipes are all easy ways you can bless a foster or adoptive family. Come to one of our Q&A sessions in July to find out how you can be part of our Caring for Kids Support Team!
Is there a way I can get more info on what's going on in my city without committing to anything yet?
Absolutely! All of our Q&A sessions are designed to provide more info and help people understand what next steps could look like. We will have both High Sky Children’s Ranch and The Attic Foster Network at every one of our Q&A sessions on July 10th. Plus our current active Redeemer Fostering families! So come with questions or just to hear all the ways you can help.
How many days is the training if I wanted to be a foster parent?
We have split up the hours of training over 5 different days in the month of October. Please come to one of our Q&A sessions to get more info about the foster parent process and meet the other families that will be going on this journey with you.
Who can I email if I have more questions? – Pastor Chase is our Mobilization Pastor and a foster parent himself. Please let him know if you have any questions about this process.
What are the differences between babysitting, respite, and fostering?
Babysitting is temporarily caring for a child in foster care for no more than 12 consecutive hours, and not overnight. Babysitters must pass a background check and complete approximately 10 hours of training (part online, part in person).

Respite is providing care for a child in foster care overnight for up to 14 days. In most cases, respite care lasts approximately 3 days. Families can be certified to provide respite without obtaining a license, or a family can complete the licensing process to provide respite and be eligible to accept more long term respite placements through CPS. To be certified, respite providers must pass a background check, complete approximately 18 hours of training (part online, part in person), complete TB tests for all persons over the age of 1 year living in the home, and pass a home walk through to ensure safety.

Foster families are licensed to provide temporary care for children who have been placed in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Foster families provide nurturing care and stability for children in foster care while waiting to be reunified with their birth family or as they await adoption if parental rights are terminated. Foster care can range from overnight up to several years, with the average stay being 22 months. Foster families can be dually licensed to adopt in the event that a child in their care becomes eligible for adoption. To become a licensed foster home, families must pass a background check, complete approximately 30-35 hours of training (part online, part in person), complete TB tests for all persons over the age of 1 year living in the home, complete health and fire inspections, and participate in a home study.