By Chelsea Kellum

On Tuesday afternoon, February 6th, two of our lead pastors that serve churches in Hendricks County gathered for a round table discussion about the state of foster care within the county as well as foster care and adoption throughout Indiana. Pastor Mike Kaye of City View Church in Avon and Pastor Jordan Hobble of Emmanuel Baptist Church in North Salem joined other church leaders, multiple Hands of Hope staff, a Foster Care Advocate of Josiah White’s, and a local DCS Foster Care Specialist to talk about the current numbers and trends. Did you know that as of January 2024 Indiana has 14,579 children with open DCS cases? Within Hendricks County there are currently 70 children placed in foster care.  Hendricks county (and likely your county as well) has a great need for additional licensed foster families.  The round table presented a great open dialogue of information given while also allowing questions to be brought to the floor. Concerns on all sides were raised. Prayers were lifted for the children and their families impacted through foster care.

The potential for you and your church to get involved in this ministry area ranges from a one-time event to surrounding a foster family within your church with an ongoing Care Community of support. SCBI Children’s Services is working in partnership with Hands of Hope to promote Family Advocacy Ministries (FAMs) in our churches. Please reach out to our Children’s Services Strategist, Chelsea Kellum, if you would like more information at ckellum@scbi.org. Also, be on the lookout for a Foster & Adoption Round Table Discussion in your area.