This is a different kind of post. I started to post this to Facebook, but it got a bit lengthy, so my blog was a better outlet. I pray you'll take the time to read about something that is near and dear to my heart.
I was washing dishes earlier today, and the TV was on in the background. It was Law & Order SVU, a show I have watched a million times; one you have probably watched many times. This episode was about a child neglect case where a little girl died from severe malnutrition, found in a dog crate. She was left there by her drug-addicted mother because she wouldn't stop crying and therefore did not deserve to eat. The case worker was charged in the case for falsifying home visit reports. He was overworked, his colleague was out on maternity leave. He had double the amount of clients as usual.
Now, maybe I'm just particularly sensitive about the subject, but as a woman, a mother not yet materialized, and someone praying for a child in the foster care system, I ask each of you to say a prayer with me tonight.
Pray for foster parents and temporary guardians who are doing their best to stand in the gap. Pray for parents trying to get their lives together. Pray for potential adoptive families who are waiting for their child. Pray for case workers, therapists and coordinators, who are doing the best they can with the limited resources they have and the overwhelming number of families to serve. Pray for attorneys and judges for wisdom to discern and decide what's best for these kids. Pray for the advocates who give a voice in court to these children. And most of all, pray for the children in the system through no fault of their own.
The child welfare system was never meant to shoulder the burden of the magnitude of children and families it supports. We as the body of Christ have to do more. It starts with prayer, but I know we can all do something. I'm not saying you have to foster or adopt; that's a very specific calling. But, I'm asking you to search your heart. What can you do?
Here is the national adoption website with info on how you can help.