FaithBridge Foster Parents Share the Love of Christ While Raising Children

James 1:27 tells all followers of Christ to care for orphans.   

Jennifer and Ryland Scott chose to answer this call through fostering children.

The Scotts, who are FaithBridge foster parents, have been fostering children for three years. During this time, eight children have come into their home and have received and known the love of Jesus through them.

According to statistics from the FaithBridge Foster Care website, there are 15,000 children currently in foster care in Georgia. The state has seen is a 100 percent increase in the foster care system over the past four years with children remaining there for an average of eighteen months

The Scotts foster children whose families have experienced drug addiction, poverty, homelessness and other issues. Foster care allows parents time and care to rebuild their lives while their children grow in a stable and Godly living environment.

“The state decides when children are in unsafe environments,” Jennifer told Atlanta Christian Voice. “By taking their children for a period of time, it gives mothers and fathers a chance to rebuild their lives. Being in a stable community allows the children to grow and blossom.”

Scott accepted the calling to become a foster parent because of the need for foster parents in her community. She has learned to trust God throughout her calling as a foster parent.

Scott accepted the calling to become a foster parent because of the need for foster parents in her community. She has learned to trust God throughout her calling as a foster parent.

“I think the need is so great and the Biblical mandate is clear to care for our neighbors,” Scott said. “There is a desperate need for foster parents and these children will get sent to other counties and cities if there are not local homes. Distance makes visits with the parents, and ultimately reunification, very difficult.”

Christian community and the church allow for the children who enter Scott’s home to experience the love of Jesus Christ.

Scott believes that the redemption and restoration found in having a relationship with Jesus Christ cultivates the children’s ability to learn to love and trust.

“We had a little girl in our home who was in a very, very chaotic environment,” Scott told Atlanta Christian Voice. “She came to know Jesus after eighteen months and is back with a family member now. It was so sweet to watch the faith of a nine-year-old girl as she evolved.”

Scott views her home as a place of ministry as she raises the children up in the Way of Jesus and their families get their lives back on track.

Scott views her home as a place of ministry as she raises the children up in the Way of Jesus and their families get their lives back on track.

“You’ve got to be willing to love the biological families and their children despite what they are going through,” Scott said.

The Scotts live in Rome, GA, with their 14-year-old triplets and consider it a privilege when foster children join them in their home.

The ultimate goal of foster parenting, according to Scott, is for children and families to receive healing through Jesus Christ.

“To really want restoration, healing, hope, and health is what makes for a healthy foster parent,” Scott told Atlanta Christian Voice.

To learn more about FaithBridge Foster Care or about how you make a difference in helping foster parents in this cause, visit https://www.faithbridgefostercare.org/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Dickens
Sarah Dickens is the News Editor of Atlanta Christian Voice. Sarah has a B.A. in Mass Communication from Georgia College and State University and two M.A. degrees in Global Studies and Pastoral Counseling with a focus in Dobson Center Marriage and Family Studies from Liberty University. She is currently working on her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University and hopes to be licensed to practice counseling in the next few years. Sarah lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she humbly serves the Lord, friends, and others at First Baptist Church of Atlanta. Her two greatest passions are ministering to children and serving on the missions field. After working on the mission field in Lebanon, Japan, and Uganda, she hopes to continue taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ to other lands. Her favorite hobbies include blogging, ballroom dancing, making and creating art, and reading books by Christian authors while sipping a cup of tea from one of her favorite tea mugs. Her life verse from the Bible is Philippians 4:13, which states, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
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