May 21, 2012 Print

Weeklong Vigil Seeks Prayers for Children in Foster Care

by CitizenLink Team

This week’s National Foster Care Prayer Vigil encourages people to pray for the children, social workers, foster families and birth families. It also asks people who are unsure how they could help to ask for God’s guidance.

According to the National Council for Adoption (NCFA), there are more than 400,000 children in foster care in the U.S., 107,000 of them are awaiting adoption.

Chuck Johnson, NCFA president and CEO, said that many people incorrectly assume children are in foster care because they are delinquents. Children, he said, are in foster care because of neglect and abandonment, as well as substance abuse or crimes committed by their caregivers.

Vigil organizers also seek to correct this view, while also encouraging people and churches to fulfill God’s instruction to care for the less fortunate.

“Prayer can really make a difference in the lives of these kids who often feel hopeless and unloved,” said Katie Overstreet, the program director for Adoption and Orphan Care with Focus on the Family. “We believe the power of prayer can revolutionize the foster care system around the country, ultimately leading to more kids finding the permanency they need.”

The vigil, which runs through Sunday, is sponsored by Cry of the Orphan, a collaboration of Hope for Orphans, Show Hope and Focus of the Family. CitizenLink is the public policy affiliate of Focus on the Family.

Learn more about the 2012 National Foster Care Prayer Vigil.

Learn more about Hope for Orphans.

Learn more about Show Hope.

Learn more about Focus on the Family.

Learn more about the National Council for Adoption.