What is Orphan Care?

Although we all know the side of orphan care that actually walks through the journey of adoption and foster care, orphan care actually encompasses so much more. Loving orphans as well as adoptive and foster families involves soul care, resourcing, supporting, sharing, and encouraging families as they explore their options, etc.
Do you have to be a family looking to adopt or foster in order to participate in orphan care? Absolutely not. Although adoption and foster care is a calling that is put on individual hearts as they are led to love orphans through expanding their families, you can be a part of orphan care in multiple ways that do not include adoption and foster care. You can serve by helping provide a meal for families, being a part of a Parents Night Out event, help to support a family through their waiting process, etc. The options are limitless.
The tabs below will guide you as you seek to join families in the process of expanding hearts and arms to the growing needs of orphans around us—locally, nationally, and abroad.

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Our Mission


To further God’s kingdom by caring for the orphaned and abandoned children.

Our Vision


To make an eternal difference in the lives of orphans and waiting children and promote awareness of God’s heart for the orphan.

Supporting

Classes

PATH Foster Parenting Class

Tuesdays, August 12 - September 30 | Room 2142 | 5:30 - 8:30 PM

The PATH (Parents As Tender Healers) class offers learning opportunities that support foster parents in their effort to provide a safe, nurturing, and loving environment for the children in their care. Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home’s PATH program is a biblical version of this class that reinforces the biblical mandate to care for children in crisis.

In the 23 hour class, foster parents will learn what to expect from the child welfare system and TBCH, what will be expected of them as foster parents, what type of behaviors the kids will exhibit and where they are coming from, as well as some parenting tips and tools to be successful foster parents.

To register for the class, fill out our online application and e-mail that back to us at fostercare@tbch4kids.org

Childcare is available by reservation at 615.324.6160, or e-mail childcare@brentwoodbaptist.com

A second PATH Class will be offered at BBC beginning October 7… Stay tuned for further details.

Meetings

From A-Z: Adoption and Foster Care Panel

Saturday, September 13 | Wilson Hall | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Don’t know where to start, what to do, or how to navigate the overwhelming process of adoption and/or fostering? Yet do you feel like this is the journey that your family is being called to? Or are you curious what that journey would look like if your family decided to head down that road?

From A-Z: Adoption and Foster Care Panel will walk you through the adoption and foster care story from A to Z. There will be professionals representing adoption (both national and international) as well as foster care. In addition to professional input, we will have the opportunity to hear from families who have walked the walk in all of these areas. You will hear details about everything from fundraising, to legal issues, to transitioning in the home and more. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to ask some of your own questions to a panel of these participants. Know that you are not on this journey alone.

There is no registration fee. Just join us on Saturday morning, September 13 in Wilson Hall from 9 a.m. to noon. (Childcare is not available for this event.)

Exploring

Getting Started

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Groups/Organizations

Hope House International

HopeHouse International exists to help orphans in Ukraine be adopted by Christian couples within their country. Adequate housing is a barrier for most citizens, and it is a government prerequisite for adoption. HopeHouse International enables adoptions by addressing adequate housing needs, which then result in three or more children being given a family and a future.

Freedom’s Promise

Freedom’s Promise is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that partners with indigenous Cambodian groups to prevent human trafficking and child exploitation by transforming communities. In conjunction with our on-the-ground partners, we create an individualized, holistic community development program that promotes self-sustainability for high-risk communities.

My Life Speaks

myLIFEspeaks exists to speak up for those around the world who can’t, by bringing LIFE-giving aid to orphans with and without special needs while showing all people around the globe their worth. This will happen by allowing both typical orphans and those with special needs the opportunity to grow up together in the same family environment. 

Sweet Sleep

Sweet Sleep™ is a faith-based non-profit organization whose mission is to share God’s love by providing beds to the world’s orphaned and abandoned children. They currently work in Moldova, Africa, and Haiti. Orphaned and abandoned children suffer from a lack of sufficient or healthy places to sleep at night. New beds give a child a place of their own—a place they can feel safe, warm, comforted, remembered, and most of all, loved.

Team members work alongside orphans for the goal of completing beds as they build one-of-a-kind relationships with orphaned and abandoned children who see their value as a creation of God for the first time. The love of Christ is communicated in unique and personal ways as team members also lead dozens, even hundreds, of children in Bible study, life skills, English classes, music, and recreational activities where they will have the opportunity to spread the hope and love of Jesus Christ.

Tennessee Baptist Children's Home

The mission of the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Homes is to minister the love of Jesus Christ to children and families in crisis. Their vision is to strive to be a ministry to children and families that leads them to become whole persons in Christ through faith, hope, and love.

TBCH provides residential care across five locations, and foster care services through our Caring Community Ministries. Because we teach Christian values throughout our organization, we do not accept government funding and instead rely on gifts from individuals and churches, as well as estate bequests, trust funds, investments, and endowments.

Department of Children’s Services

The mission of DCS is to empower families and support community safety and partnerships to help ensure safety, permanency and wellbeing for children. Help local children by becoming a foster parent or participating in the foster-to-adopt program through the Department of Children’s Services.

The Safe Room—When children are removed from their homes, they enter a world of chaos and uncertainty. The Safe Room is located at one of the DCS intake centers in Davidson County and is staffed with volunteers to stay with the child while the social worker looks for a placement. Volunteers become some of the first adults this child encounters after being removed from their homes. Volunteers are needed to sign up for 2-4 hour “on call” shifts to be the love of Christ to vulnerable children in our area.

Resourcing

Rockbridge Foundation

The RockBridge Foundation exists to support Brentwood Baptist Church's Acts 1:8 ministry goals and to help Christians achieve their ministry passions today and tomorrow.

How does the Rockbridge Foundation work to resource Orphan Care? 
Qualified applicants can receive financial support for their adoption through the Rockbridge Foundation. This foundation can provide grants and/or matching grants to relieve some of the financial burden associated with an adoption.

Want to help adopting families?
Donations can be made to the general adoption fund or to support a specific family’s adoption.

Contact Jim Jenkins today at jjenkins@brentwoodbaptist.com
 or 615.324.6116

Fundraising Ideas

Adopt Without Debt (Julie Gumm)

In 2000, Julie and her husband, Mark, declared war on their debt—credit cards, student loans, cars, and the house. Seven years later, as they wrote the check for their last mortgage payment, God called them to adopt two children from Ethiopia. A few months later, with their income unexpectedly cut by two-thirds, they wondered if they could finish the adoption without crossing back over into the red. When they brought Wendemagegn and Beza home 12 months later, Julie and her husband proved debt-free adoption is possible!
Passionate about helping others achieve their adoption dream, Julie shares how to find extra money in your household budget, apply for grants, and fundraise in order to build your family without saddling it with debt. With over $80,000 worth of creative fundraising ideas from more than 30 adoptive families, the second edition of “Adopt Without Debt” shows you how to fulfill your adoption dream without signing away your financial freedom.

Tax Benefits/Employer Assistance (Topics to research)
Other Programs

Below you’ll find organizations that have varying resources for adoptive families. Please feel free to call them or research them online to learn whether the assistance they provide may be applicable in your case. Brentwood Baptist does not support or endorse the following organizations, nor do we benefit in any way from your application to any of these organizations.

Refer to “How to Make Adoption an Affordable Option,” available from the National Endowment for Financial Education or by calling 888-878-3256 (item #508F).

Items to Sell / Other Ideas

Food

  • Host a bake sale, spaghetti dinner, or pancake breakfast. The ideas for fundraising are endless and the Internet is a great resource for ideas. Local restaurants may also work with you (Chick-Fil-A, Puffy Muffin, etc.).
  • Equal Exchange has fundraisers where you can give back to artisans and farmers around the world by selling fair trade chocolate, coffee, cocoa, and tea.
  • Just Love Coffee

Garage Sale

Ask for donations to sell from family and friends, price items low, and advertise a lot.

Homemade and Handmade

Adoptive families are creative and they make and sell just about anything and everything. There is something special about handmade items, so if you are crafty, this is a great option.

Note: A quick search on Pinterest will give you a several ideas for things you can make and sell for your adoption.

Jewelry and Pre-purchased Stuff

Marathons and Sporting Events

  • Walk-A-Thon
  • Bike-A-Thon: How to Organize a Bike-A-Thon
  • Scrap-A-Thon: Host a scrapbooking party that lasts all day! Charge a set amount for each attendee. Invite a creative consultant to demonstrate new techniques. Ask friends to provide door prizes. Have plenty of snacks or ask each attendee to bring one.
  • Skate-A-Thon: Organize an event at your local roller rink. This would be a good event for kids who want to have a part in helping your adoption. They need to get sponsors and then skate, skate, skate! As a twist on this, you could ask your local rink to donate a day. Then have a skating party and charge admission to raise funds for your adoption.
  • Family Fun Day or Family Fun Night
: Ask a local bowling alley or mini-golf course to donate a day to your cause. You could also create your own family fun time at a church. Provide popcorn and show a family friendly movie. Bring board games to play and a lot of fun snacks.
  • If you are really ambitious and if you have the support of a lot of local friends, hold a carnival with a duck pond, dunk tank, cakewalk, and other fun games with prizes. Be sure to have a concession stand at the carnival, too.

Services To Provide

T-Shirts

Other Creative Ideas