The Common Good
January 2014

Foster Care Resources

by Rebecca Kraybill | January 2014

Resources that help address the modern-day "orphans in distress" in our midst.

In “Foster Care for a New Millennium,” (Sojourners, January 2014), Juliet Vedral describes foster children as the modern-day “orphans in distress,” with more than 102,000 children nationwide waiting to be adopted. DC127, a movement started in Washington, D.C., is hoping to reverse the foster care list by encouraging church congregants to become foster families or adopt.  

Everyone can do something to care for children in foster care, whether by fostering, adopting, or supporting those that are doing so. The resources below help engage foster care at a personal and community level. What can you do to help the thousands of children who seek a loving and stable home?


  • Bethany Christian Services is a global nonprofit that supports family and child preservation through foster and adoption services.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters matches adults with children to create positive and encouraging mentor relationships. Mentors can often request a child living in foster care.
  • Casey Family Programs is the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on foster care and improving the child welfare system.
  • Christian Alliance for Orphans unites more than 140 Christian organizations and churches to inspire them to support foster care children and orphans in adoption.
  • Foster Care to Success supports college-bound foster youth by providing them with tuition grants, personal mentors, and internship opportunities.  


  • Adoption For Dummies, by Tracy Barr, is a helpful guide for navigating the often complex process of adoption. For Dummies, 2003
  • The Foster Parenting Toolbox, edited by Kim Phagan-Hansel, shares helpful information from parents, case workers, social workers, and experts who have worked with foster children and the foster system. EMK Press, 2012


  • Family; The First Circle is a feature documentary about foster care and families in western United States. Appaloosa Pictures and Priddy Brothers, 2010
  • From Place to Place, a feature film, shares the story of three youth who have aged out of the foster care system. Porch Productions, 2011
  • Short Term 12, an Indie film, explores the issue of foster care through a supervisor working at a facility for at-risk teenagers. Animal Kingdom and Traction Media, 2013
  • Somewhere Between follows four girls adopted from China as they grow up and explore their identities. Long Shot Factory and Ladylike Films, 2011
  • Parents of foster children share their experiences in this clip produced by AdoptUSKids. AdoptUsKids, 2009
  • In this short clip, Katie Couric reports on Safe Families, a program established in several states that serves as an alternative to the foster care system. CBS, 2010

Rebecca Kraybill is editorial assistant at Sojourners magazine.

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