Agape Foster Care & Adoption
This ministry exists to provide for orphans through foster care and adoption.
We accomplish this through the following:
- Creating awareness of the need to provide Christian homes for children in need
- Providing training for Calvary families to foster or adopt children
- Provide ongoing support for our families who foster and adopt children
Calvary has formed a foster care & adoption ministry partnership with the Florida Baptist Children's Homes to create a community ministry right here at Calvary.
This partnership includes Community Ministries Case Worker hired by the FBCH. This worker has an office at Calvary and can be reached at (727)441-1581 x 175. The Director of Community Ministries will recruit, train, license, and supervise foster homes and adoptive homes. Mona will build support through the Agape Ministry for Calvary's foster and adoptive families. Regular Positive Parenting classes will be held.
This class is a requirement for becoming a foster or adoptive family. PP classes usually run 6 weeks.
The case worker will work with the local CBC (Community Based Care) organization to place children in need of foster care or adoption.
We hope that here at Calvary we can begin to care for some of God's children who have been abandoned or neglected.
Three Ways to Bless
Angel Tree Project
During the months of November and December, Calvary sponsors an Angel Tree, during which we invite numbers of the church to "adopt" a local needy child, local foster child or a child who lives in the Florida Baptist Children's Home in Lakeland, Florida. You can pick up an angel in the lobby, shop for Christmas gifts, and then return the gifts to the lobby location. This is a great way to "bless" these children and families at Christmas time. To volunteer contact Patricia Marder.
Foster Care & Adoption Support Meeting
Held once a month. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 24th at 6:00 pm in room 206 in CCHS. For more information, Contact Jennifer Fawcett.
Caring Families is a ministry that is comprised of a network of volunteer Christian families who will take in children from parents that may be temporarily unable to properly care for their children for a variety of reasons such as hospitalization, homelessness, drug abuse, or when a parent is remanded to a correctional institution for a period of time. If you are interested in becoming a Caring Family, contact Patricia Marder.