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!
Tuesday, March 14, 6:30 – 8:0 pm. Becoming a foster parent will change your life and the life of a child. You are invited to attend an INFO MEETING to learn more about becoming a foster parent through Wake County Human Services. The meeting will be held at 220 Swinburne St. in Raleigh. Please contact Tonya Askew at 919-212-7794 or foster4wake
Thursday, March 16, 5:00 pm – Lifeline Children’s will be offering a free WEBINAR entitled Roadmap to International Adoption. This is a wonderful chance to get an overview of the adoption process. For more information and to register, please visit their website.
Tuesday, March 28, 6:00 pm. The Bair Foundation will be having an INFORMATIONAL SESSION for anyone interested in becoming foster parents. This event will be located at Providence Baptist church, 6339 Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh. Please contact Candace Bonner at for more information and to RSVP.
Wednesday, March 29, 2:00 pm. Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) is offering a free WEBINAR entitled, Engage Your Church: A Three-Part Approach to Starting, Scaling and Sustaining an Orphan Care Ministry in Your Church. Our goal is to surround ourselves with principles, concepts, practices, and resources that we can uniquely adapt and apply in our own ministry concepts. Includes a free PDF guide. For more information and to register, visit https://cafo.org/resources/watch/webinars/.
Thursday, March 30, 7:30 – 9:00 pm. Orphan Care INTEREST NIGHT. If you are interested in fostering or adopting, Steve and Renee Smith would like to invite you to an informal evening in their home in North Raleigh to learn more, ask questions, and meet experienced foster and adoptive parents. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Renee at 919-354-5985 or
Friday, March 31, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The orphan care ministry at The Summit Church will be hosting a Foster and Adoptive Family SUPPORT GROUP at their campus located at 3249 Blue Ridge Rd. in Raleigh. This group will be for those who are pursuing adoption/fostering, currently in process, families of adopted and foster kids, and adult adoptees. We will eat dinner together
April 7-8 — Empowered to Connect. Spaces are filling up fast!! Register soon for the EMPOWERED TO CONNECT live simulcast in downtown Raleigh, NC. This is a FREE 2-day conference for adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders, and child-welfare professionals designed to help them connect with children from hard places. More details and registration information can be found at www.orphanconnections.org/empowered-to-connect.
All participants will receive 11 hours of training credit. Professionals needing CEU credits may register separately here.
May 4-5 — Summit Conference. The main event of the year for Christian foster care, adoption, and global orphan advocates is the Summit CONFERENCE hosted by Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO). Next year’s conference will be held in Brentwood, TN. Early registration is now open!! Details and registration can be found at https://cafo.org/summit/ .
Please let us know if you are planning to go! It would be great to connect with others from the Triangle area!
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.