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North Wake Church

Forgotten No More

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 .

Upcoming Events

Please help us spread the word!

Tuesday, March 13, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Wake County will be hosting an INFORMATION MEETING for anyone wanting to learn more about becoming a foster parent. Located at 220 Swinburne Ave in Raleigh. For more details, contact Tonya Askew at 919-212-7794 or visit the Wake County website.

Tuesday, March 13, 7:00 pm

The Hope Center is hosting a free screening of RESILIENCE, a one-hour documentary on the correlation between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress, now linked to heart disease, cancer, substance abuse, and depression. We invite you to come learn how ACEs can affect brain development and have long-term effects on mental and physical health, and how we can mitigate their impact. Following the screening, information will be provided about how The Hope Center is partnering with young people aging out of foster care. For tickets, visit the website.

Saturday, March 24, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Safe Families for Children will be hosting a REGIONAL GATHERING for anything interested in learning more about their ministry. This meeting will be for fellowship, for unity and connection across the county, and for learning from each other's Safe Families experiences. Located at Sovereign Grace Church, 401 Upchurch St. in Apex. For more information and to RSVP, visit the website

Tuesday, April 3, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

The Bair Foundation will be offering an INFORMATION MEETING for anyone interested in become a Foster Parent. This event will be held at Providence Baptist Church, 6339 Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh, Please contact 919-573-8834 to learn more or to sign up.
April 13-14, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm (both days)


Orphan Connections will be hosting a live simulcast of the EMPOWERED TO CONNECT, a two-day conference designed for parents and child-welfare professionals, as they help children from hard places heal and bring attachment and connection in families.

This conference is ideal for adoptive and foster parents, those considering adoption or foster care and those who are serving and supporting others, including social workers, agency professionals, church staff and ministry leaders, counselors, therapists and others involved in adoption and foster care ministries or services.

The simulcast will be held at The Summit Church in Apex. All attendees will receive certificates of attendance. This event is free, but registration is required. More details and registration FOR THE WAITING LIST can be found at


St. Michael's orphan care ministry is collecting EASTER BASKETS for foster children in Wake County. Contact Janet Kazmer at , or call at 919-602-6935 to find out how you or your small group can participate!!

Adoption Resources

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 ( 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. offers ONLINE TRAINING CLASSES. Check out their website for their latest course, "Promoting Normalcy: Supporting the Social and Emotional Development of Young People in Foster Care." This short online course for foster parents explains the new laws related to “reasonable and prudent standards”, and illustrates how to implement it successfully. visit for more information.

Matt & Belinda Hogstrom
Orphan Connections
Phone: 919-656-0564