Foster Care

God is the defender of the fatherless, and He has called us to serve those in need. The need for foster and adoptive families in North America has never been greater. Mississippi currently has almost 6,000 children in foster care.  Illegal drug and alcohol usage, disease and poverty leave many in dangerous situations, but you can help change that! We believe the gospel is the solution. 


The focus of this ministry is to bring awareness to this crisis within our community and provide support to foster care/adoptive families through the love of Christ.

 

Christ rescued and redeemed us from our brokenness and adopted us into His eternal family (Galatians 4:5-7); we want to show the love of Jesus to the children of broken earthly families and support foster care/adoptive families along their journey. 

PROVIDE


Your donation will help to provide supplies for The Refuge and/or necessary items to foster families immediately upon placement of a child/children from Child Protective Services.

PRAY

Children enter the foster care system for many reasons—parental drug use, neglect, abuse. Whatever the reason, these children have experienced great loss and trauma, and they need safe, peaceful environments to heal while their biological families seek the help they need to parent well. Other children across the continent and around the world are in need of permanent families through adoption. There are currently more children who need help than there are families willing to help. When families decide to foster or adopt, the journey ahead is a difficult one. Here are 20 ways all of us can pray for these families.

PRAY FOR:
The Children
• Safe and loving homes in which to heal and grow
• The ability to trust and form attachments to new caregivers
• Consistent progress in the journey to permanency through adoption or return to a healthy birth family
• Strong support system for those who have aged out of foster care

Biological Families

• Support and encouragement as they work to reunify with their children or move forward without them

• Hope in Christ and redemption for their broken families
• Broken strongholds and patterns of addiction and abuse
• Healing from the trauma the family has faced


Adoptive and Foster Families

• That God will provide for all their emotional, financial and spiritual needs
• Family and friends who come around them with practical help and support

• Wisdom, strength, empathy and care in parenting children from hard places

• For children already in the home to understand and adapt to the changes


Foster and Adoption Agencies

• Wisdom and endurance for case workers
• Favor with government agencies and authorities
• Sufficient staff and volunteers to minister to the overwhelming number of children who need their help

• Counselors and therapists to find rest and hope in the Word of God


The Church

• Congregations would welcome adoptive and foster families without judgement
• Members to surround foster and adoptive families with love and practical support
• Education of the congregation and development of advocates who speak for those who are vulnerable

• Open hearts and homes willing to step up and help vulnerable children in a variety of ways

“Speak up for those who have no voice, for the justice of all who are dispossessed. Speak up, judge righteously, and defend the cause of the oppressed and needy” (Proverbs 31:8-9, HCSB).

PARTICIPATE

We have a monthly donation drop-off night at our NorthStar Church - Tupelo location. We will accept new and gently used clothing, shoes, toys, baby items, cribs or toddler beds, car seats, diapers/wipes/pull-ups, and toiletries (unopened).


Our donation drop-off nights for the rest of the year are:

Tuesday, October 8 - 5-7pm

Tuesday, November 12 - 5-7pm

*Donations will only be accepted at these allotted times.


Items that we cannot accept are as follows:

  • Stained, torn, or damaged clothing
  • Costumes
  • Dirty shoes (beyond what can easily be cleaned)
  • Household items
  • Appliances
  • Broken toys
  • Items with wording that includes "Mom" or "Dad"
  • Recalled baby items or car seats
  • Toy guns
  • Bedroom furniture larger than a crib or toddler bed
  • Food
  • Opened cans of formula



THE REFUGE - NORTH MISSISSIPPI DIRECTORY

There are several locations throughout North Mississippi that also provide clothing and accessories to foster children and resource parents in need. Check out our partners to see which is closest to your area. 

Contact them for more information or ways you can help.


Prentiss County

Location: 

Booneville First United Methodist Church

400 West Church Street

Booneville, MS 38829

662-728-5773 (church office)

Contact: Amanda Hays 662-210-1885

Drop off night: First Tuesday night of every month

The Refuge Prentiss County - Facebook


East Tupelo

Location: 

Connect Church

1650 N Veterans Memorial Blvd

Tupelo, MS 38804

Contact: Morgan Tucker 662-871-7333

Drop off night: First Wednesday night of every month

The Refuge East - Facebook


Union County

Location: 

Hillcrest Baptist Church

216 Hwy 15

New Albany, MS 38652

662-598-5287

Contact: Lisa Foley & Christi Richey / therefugeunion@yahoo.com

Drop off night: First Monday night of every month 6-8pm

The Refuge Union - Facebook


Itawamba County

Location: 

Old Fulton Grammar School

Contact: Amelia Holder 662-601-5156, Kam Loden 662-401-3441, Amy Riley 662-255-8474

Drop off nights: Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16


Pontotoc County

Location: 

First Baptist Church

31 W Washington St

Pontotoc, MS

Contact: Danielle Hathcock 662-669-0809

Drop off night: Third Tuesday of every month 4-7pm

The Refuge Pontotoc - Facebook