Open Hearts, Open Homes exists to glorify God as we equip the local church to care for orphans, foster children, and at-risk children and support the families who are ministering to them.
Throughout Scripture, God emphasizes his love and concern for orphans and widows. He cares for them, fights for them, protects them and places them in families. Believing that God has called us to care for orphans and the fatherless, Bethany has formed the foster and adoption ministry “Open Hearts, Open Homes” to equip families to reach foster children and orphans through the ministry of the Home, with the guidance, support and prayer of the church body—to the glory of God! The number of children worldwide without families is staggering. The United Nations has identified more than 143 million children as orphans (having lost one or both parents). Most live in Asia (87.6 million), sub-Saharan Africa (43.5 million) and Latin America (12.4 million) More than 800,000 children pass through the U.S. foster care system every year. Adoption is evangelism at its core – bringing the mission field home, where children are loved, cared for and discipled to know Jesus Christ as their Savior. Caring for the fatherless and adoption is at the very heart of God. As believers, we ourselves have been adopted by God and now have an incredible opportunity to experience His joy and prayerfully consider making “one of the least of these” our own child.
Components of OHOH
Equipping the Local Church
- Bible Studies
- Resources for Local Churches
Caring for Children
- Adoption (International and Domestic)
- Foster Care
- Mission Trips/Orphanage Support
- Sponsorship for Children and Families
- Biblical Counseling
- Support Group – Focused Fellowship
- Physical Needs (meals, transportation, clothing, respite, babysitting, etc…)
If you are looking for a resource on the theology and practical application of orphan care, please consider the book A Passion for the Fatherless: Developing a God-Centered Ministry to Orphans by our teaching pastor, Daniel Bennett. To order a copy go to:
While many Christian couples have the desire to adopt, initial costs may keep them from following God's call. It is our desire to encourage Bethany families by reducing the financial barriers to adoption. There is opportunity to financially assist Bethany families. We invite you to join us through giving, either to our Adoption Ministry General Fund, or to individual funds set up for the Bethany families that are currently in the process of adopting.
The screening process for an Adoption Fund to be opened for a couple is 1) be a member of one of the Bethany Fellowship of Churches, 2) complete Orphan Care Bible Study, 3) fill out application, 4) interview with OHOH committee, and 5) be recommended through elder approval. We have been able to assist families through grants and no-interest loans when appropriate.
Because the process of fostering and adoption is often a lengthy and difficult one, we believe God’s assistance is essential throughout the process. An email prayer chain is updated weekly for each family and all requests are prayed for daily by a team of volunteers. If you would like prayer for a foster or adoptive need or would like to volunteer to pray for these families, please contact us for information.
Safe Families www.familycore.org
Safe Families for Children expands the community safety net by providing parents in need with mentoring relationships and tangible support in times of crisis. Safe Families for Children believes children will be safe and well-cared for if families in crisis have a network of support.
Volunteer families, prompted, solely by compassion, build relationships with at-risk families and can open their homes to children. This allows parents to have the time and space to work out their problems without having to worry about losing parental custody. The process of becoming a Host Family varies depending on your level of involvement. For those opening their home to a child the process would include an application, a home visit, ongoing training, and a background check. In total, you can expect the process to take about 2 months before you would be contacted to have a child stay in your home. For more information or to get involved contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a family who is considering adoption, fostering, or becoming a Safe Family and would like more information or you are a family of BCC that would like to support in the follow areas, please contact us at email@example.com