Who We Are:
Embrace is a supportive community of adoptive and foster families as well as those who are interested in caring for vulnerable and fatherless children in Western North Dakota.
What We Do:
- Encourage the Body of Christ to get involved in orphan care
- Focus on connecting adoptive/foster families of Western North Dakota through “Encouragement and Support Nights” (see schedule below)
- Form Partnerships locally and globally that are in-line with our beliefs and goals for our community and world
- Provide “Get to Know Adoption and Foster Care” classes
- Provide support to adoptive/foster families:
- How to choose an ethical adoption agency
- Foster Closet for new placements
- Fundraising ideas/support
- Adoption grants
- Post-placement support through meals, support groups, and general help
- Recommendation of physicians, therapist, counselors, etc.
- Mentor/buddy opportunities for children who need support in Sunday School, nursery, or life in general
- Foster Care resources and support
What YOU Can Do:
400,000+ children live in foster care today. The experience of a loving home and relationships can make a profound difference for these children. To start, talk with others in the church who’ve fostered to get an honest take on the joys and challenges of the journey.
Every child deserves a family. If you’re considering adoption, start with prayer and then conversations with adoptive families and adoptees.
For as little as $1/day you can make a lasting difference! Embrace partners with New Hope Uganda’s Sponsorship Program. Information will be available in the hall after church.
- Wrap-Around Supports.
Practical aid from the church community can be very helpful (and encouraging!) to foster and adoptive families. Consider household chores and yard work, shopping, giving rides, and babysitting. Find out what families need and do it!
- Missions Trips.
Make sure any mission trip includes thorough preparation and cultural understanding, along with clear and appropriate objectives. Consider joining EBC for future teams to New Hope Uganda.
- Church Culture.
Beyond formal ministry, what can make all the difference for foster parents, adoptive families and mentors are the “intangibles” that make for a culture of welcome and hospitality. Sunday School teachers who grasp the unique challenges that come with wounded children. People willing to invite families with children from hard places for BBQ. A church body that wraps their foster and adoptive parents in prayer.
- These nights are open to all foster/adoptive families OR families interested in fostering or adopting. They are nights of encouragement, support, and fellowship. These nights are a great way to get information, ask questions, and gain relationships! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!
- Empowered to Connect Live Simulcast Conference April 8-9 We encourage ALL poster/adoptive parents or caregivers to attend this powerful conference.