Orphan Care Ministry
…exist to educate, equip and encourage God’s people to step out in faith and care for orphans via adoption, foster care and humanitarian aid, in response to God’s command to care for orphans as specified in James 1:27.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. ~James 1:27 (ESV)
Forgotten No More encourages the church in reaching the lost (orphans) and learning to reflect the heart of God towards orphans so that they can become mature in their faith and better equipped to worship God in spirit and in truth as they minister to the least of these.
For more information on our Forgotten No More Ministry, contact Jerry & Eileen Mestas at
Are you considering adoption or foster care but not sure where to start? Not sure this is really God's call on your life? Would you like to talk to a real person about it? We would love to answer your questions and pray with you for wisdom and discernment. this is a big decision and we are here to come along side for support and help. Have you already adopted or involved in foster care and need someone to talk to? No pressure...just sincere support and encouragement is our goal. Please feel free to contact: Eileen Mestas at .
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEEDS
For licensed FOSTER PARENTS in Cary. . . a small group at a local church would like to minister to you and your family! If you would like to receive meals, help, support, babysitting, etc., please contact Renee at for more information.
A representative from a non-profit organization that sponsors, hosts and ministers to orphans in Ukraine will be in the Raleigh area in September, and is looking for SPEAKING OPPORTUNITIES. Do you have a small group, home gathering, orphan care ministry or church event that would be interested in hearing about this ministry? Please contact Kristy at for more details.
One of our families has an urgent need for a safe PLACEMENT of their 11-year old daughter who was adopted from Ukraine, who is no longer able to remain with the family. She would need to be placed with a family with no other children in the home, who has a completed home study. If you would consider opening your home to this young girl, please contact Missy at for more information.
Please help us spread the word!
Saturday, Aug. 5th @ 9am
FREE CLOTHING give-away!! For adoptive and foster families. Orphan Connections is clearing out its clothing closet! We have clothing sizes infant through 5T. We also have shoes, toys, games, books, and baby items. Located at 6005 Heatherstone Dr., Raleigh (near Cary/Apex). Everything is free!! Anything left over will be donated to Mabopane Foundation, which supports orphans in South Africa.
Tuesday, Aug. 8th @ 6pm
Have you been interested in learning more about how you can help a child in need? Have you thought about becoming a Foster Parent but want more information? The Bair Foundation will be holding a non-commitment INFO SESSION at Providence Church in Raleigh, where you are able to come, ask questions, get to know the staff and learn more about how you can stand in the gap for a child in need. If you would like more information, or to register to attend, please call Deanna at 919-573-8834 today!
Thursday, Aug. 10th
Methodist Home for Children will be offering an INFO MEETING at their Greenville office for anyone interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent. For more information, contact Jonathan Rockoff at 252-886-0577 or . Additional upcoming classes:
- September 11 (Greenville)
- September 29 (Raleigh)
Friday, Aug. 25th @ 6:00 pm
The Summit Church is offering a foster and adoptive family SUPPORT GROUP. This meeting will be for those who are pursuing adoption/fostering, currently in process, families of adopted and foster kids, adult adoptees – and anyone else connected to adoption and foster care. We will eat together (dinner is provided!) and then move into a time of discussion. Childcare will be provided. Located at 3249 Blue Ridge Rd. in Raleigh. More information and RSVP can be found here.
September 1 – 4
The UGANDA FAMILY RETREAT in Raleigh is an opportunity for Ugandan adoptive families to gather and form community, learn from culture and adoption experts, and develop lifelong friendships. For more information, visit http://ugandafamilyretreat.org.
Together for Adoption CONFERENCE in Atlanta, GA. Interested in adoption, foster care, orphan care? Want to go deeper in your ministry? Whether you are a pastor, parent, ministry leader, or just looking for information, this conference is for you! More information can be found at www.togetherforadoption.org/2017/
Saturday, Nov. 4th @ 11:00 am
Wake County Human Services will be hosting its 2nd Annual ADOPTION INFORMATION FAIR at the Wake County Commons building (4011 Carya Drive Raleigh, NC 27610). More details to come, but we want to start getting the word since November (which is National Adoption Month) is right around the corner!
Sunday, Nov. 12th
ORPHAN SUNDAY is a catalyst for Christians all over the world to engage their local church, community, and friends to God’s call to care for the orphan. For resources and ideas to equip and inspire your Orphan Sunday activities, visit www.orphansunday.org
Child Welfare Professionals . . . Did you know that there is an organization dedicated to locating relatives of children in foster care? Forever Foster Homes for Foster Kids (www.foreverhomesforfosterkids.org) is an international non-profit organization that helps U.S. private and state-run foster child agencies locate caring relatives who can provide permanent homes. With the help of bilingual and bi-cultural volunteers, this organization has located relatives in the U.S. and throughout Latin America for over 20 years.