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Letters to the Church #4: From those in Foster Care

Sep 22, 2022

Dear Church Family, Foster Care is something that is very dear to my heart.   It’s something that has been a very big part of my life for the last 28years.  It has not been an easy journey or one that was without its challenges but the rewards and blessings I have received are immeasurable. The […]

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Letters to the Church #3: From those in Foster Care

Sep 15, 2022

Dear Church… dear Bride, I remember when I was a kid, hearing the term ‘Bride of Christ’ for the first time and thinking it was such a strange term to describe the Church. I wondered how men would find it relatable; how collectively such a multitude could covenant in marriage to One; and how it […]

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Letters to the Church #2: From those in Foster Care

Sep 06, 2022

This September, and throughout Spring, we are sharing a blog series, “Letters to the Church.” These are letters written from some of the Christian women I have had the privilege of getting to know throughout our foster care ministry. I’ve asked them to write letters to the Church, to share their stories, and say what […]

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Letters to the Church: From those in Foster Care

Sep 01, 2022

This September, and throughout Spring, we are sharing a blog series, “Letters to the Church.” These are letters written from some of the Christian women I have had the privilege of getting to know throughout our foster care ministry. They’re strong advocates, fighters, and sanctuaries of safety and love for kids who have seen more […]

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Why Foster Care Shouldn’t Be a Ministry of Your Local Church

Feb 17, 2022

I mean, it’s just not that easy to schedule. You can’t roster for it, put it on the calendar, or run it as a program. It’s not that tidy. It’s usually really messy. Hard, even. Difficult to plan for. Awkward to organise. But that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be vitally important to the life of […]

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8 Ways Your Church Can Support Foster Care This Year

Jan 20, 2022

As you plan ahead for your ministry to children and families this year, here are 8 thoughtful ways you can care for the vulnerable children in your community and support foster families. Host a Stand Sunday event. Stand Sunday is a global movement where churches choose a Sunday of the year to stand for the vulnerable […]

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“Who will stand and walk beside me?”

Sep 24, 2020

I recently sat with a foster carer from my local church. She and her husband had recently felt the call from God to step into emergency care for sibling groups, as a response to the increased need for carers lately. Many more children are entering care as a result of the increased pressure on families […]

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New: Host a Stand Sunday event at your church!

Sep 04, 2020

On Stand Sunday, Christians around the world stand for the children and families in foster care. We have a new, free pack for you to download in our store. Each pack contains an informational brochure about Stand Sunday, and how you can organise a Stand Sunday event at your church. Also includes a poster to […]

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3 Ways the Church can Support Foster Families & Vulnerable Children Right Now

Apr 02, 2020

Given the current isolation restrictions set by the Australian government during this season, we can acknowledge that gathering for You Parties is not the best way to support foster families. In fact, it would be much easier to put our ministry of support to rest for now, and resume You Parties when the public gathering […]

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Why Noisy Picnics?

Feb 13, 2020

On Saturday we hosted our very first Noisy Picnic. We gathered together as foster & adoptive families in a local park and told stories, shared experiences and chased our kids around the flying fox. It was so, so great to gather together, to the hear stories of those whose walks were similar yet different, to […]

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Noisy Picnic!

Jan 09, 2020

An exciting first time for foster & adoptive families in south-east Queensland! Come and join our picnic on February 8th in Brisbane. We’re gathering together to support each other through the journey of loving our kiddos.  Bring your snacks and your mat and come and sit with us – all foster and adoptive families welcome! […]

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Frequently Asked Questions for Families

Jun 06, 2019

Here are our most frequently asked questions from foster & kinship families. If you have a question and can’t find the answer below, please email us at youparties@qb.org.au (or head to our Contact Us page) – we’d love to hear from you! Why children in Out-Of-Home Care? Can You Parties be for any child? Yes! You […]

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