"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." - James 1:27
As a faith community, we take seriously God’s instruction to love and care for the needs of children. We believe that every chance to serve a child is a tremendous opportunity to reflect the heart of God. Through our ministry, Forever Family, First Baptist Simpsonville and Upstate Church come alongside the growing number of adoptive and fostering parents to provide support, encouragement, and additional resources to truly live out the call of being Jesus to children in need.
Statistics reveal an ever-present distress in the Upstate, South Carolina, and
around the world. Whether that be a child coming from a hard place in need of
shelter through foster care or a newly born baby adopted into a forever family,
the need is great. Currently, there are 4,619 children in the South Carolina Foster
Care system, however, approximately 1,858 of those children are in the Upstate.
At First Baptist Simpsonville/Upstate Church we believe our involvement and
support in the adoption and foster care system gives us the opportunity to
connect people with Jesus by loving children, birth families, social workers,
judges, and anyone else involved as Christ. As followers of Christ, Jesus calls us
to provide for orphans and widows in their distress (James 1:27). We have a
specific mandate to do good, seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the
fatherless, and plead the widow’s cause (Isaiah 1:17).
Why Adoption and Foster Care Matter
Learn more about the theology behind what we do, and the current state of adoption and foster
Take ActionFind out how you can support adoptive and foster families, from volunteering to donating. There are a number of ways individuals and groups can take action. Read below to explore several on-ramps to supporting our local social system and foster care families.
Parents Night Out
Several times a year the Forever Family team provides a fun-filled night for foster
and adoptive parents to go out and enjoy a date while we watch the children.
Whether an exciting night at Pump-It Up or enjoying a movie at the church, our
desire is to give mom and dad a break in order for them to invest into their
marriage while we watch the kids! We always need volunteers to help have fun
with the children.
The Giving Wall
Each year we have a few specific Sundays where we challenge all campuses to
provide a variety of gift cards to foster and adoptive families. Whether a first time
placement is in need of a gift card for clothing, meals, and necessities OR even a
little treat for a birthday or anniversary, the Giving Wall provides a practical way
to give that goes a long way.
Connect Group PartnershipConnect groups from all campuses have a great opportunity of blessing our
current foster and adoptive families through partnering with Forever Family.
Through this partnership Connect Groups and individuals are able to provide
meals, donate miscellaneous gift cards for clothes and school supplies, and of
course, pray for each family member.
Other Additional Resources
The Refresh Conference is an amazing two-day event founded BY women and FOR women.
Refresh is a faith-based conference designed for:
• women considering opening their home to children
• foster moms
• adoptive moms
• GAL’s/social workers/etc.
• kinship caregivers
• ministry leaders
At Refresh Conference, you will experience inspiring and challenging keynote
speakers, relevant and practical breakout sessions, and sweet fellowship with
other women who can relate with your unique lifestyle.
We hope to see you at our next Refresh Conference, February 15-16, 2019
Wednesday Evening Support Group
During the school year, Forever Family offers a Wednesday evening support
group at our Downtown Simpsonville campus to build relationships and
community with other foster and adoptive families. Upstate Kids programming
available for all ages.