– Jedd Medefind
Every child in foster care has a name and a story, and every story matters to God. Due to a shortage of foster homes across the country, children in the foster care system are often placed outside of their community, moved around multiple times and are vulnerable to society’s most pressing issues. If even a fraction of churches raise up one Foster Family with a team of Support Friends, there will be more than enough loving homes to meet the need.
The Bible says God sets the lonely in families, so we know that He longs for children in foster care to be placed in loving, supportive homes. The Church is uniquely commissioned to this task. We inspire and equip local churches with tools, resources, and support that enables them to develop a sustainable, effective foster care ministry. Together, we are working toward the day when the list of children waiting for a home will be replaced with a list of families waiting to share their homes.
Foster the City was launched in 2015 when a Social Worker challenged churches in the San Francisco Bay Area to mobilize “a faith alliance” to address a growing deficit of foster homes. The Church responded with a resounding yes. In the ensuing years, Foster the City has grown to more than 200 churches and mobilized more than a thousand households – as Foster Parents, Support Friends and Advocates.
As a result, hundreds of children have been welcomed into Foster the City homes. In 2021, our coalition of churches expanded beyond the Bay Area and today our dream is to see churches across the country become known as the community where abused and neglected children are cared for as beloved sons and daughters.