Foster Care Ministry

FOSTERING HOPE LOGO HORIZ“Briarwood’s Foster Care Ministry seeks to glorify God by providing the training, support and encouragement Christians need to minister to the children, parents and social workers engaged in the foster care system in our community.”

About Briarwood’s Foster Care Ministry

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

Briarwood Foster Care Ministry provides “out of home” family care for children and young persons who cannot be adequately cared for by their families due to various family problems or crises.

The aim of foster care is to provide a substitute family life experience for the children in need so that they can enjoy a healthy home and community experience. This care will continue until they reunite with their families, are adopted, or reach 18 years of age, and can begin the transition to independent living. Children under foster care service will stay with the foster family for an average of a few months to two years.

Foster Care Support Group

Come for an evening of dessert, fellowship and training. (CEU’s available.)

2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

Free childcare provided with a RESERVATION.

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GPS (Group Preparation and Selection) classes are offered FREE at Briarwood in the Spring and in the Fall. We work with both Jefferson and Shelby County to equip families and individuals to becoming Foster and Foster-to-adopt parents. The classes are usually from 6:30-9:30 p.m. once a week for a period of 10 weeks. The class will be taught by a Social Worker representative from DHR and a trained Foster Parent. All materials and childcare will be provided.

Next GPS Class

September 2 – GPS Orientation 6:30 p.m.
September 9 – GPS Classes begin 6:30 p.m.

Dinner is available at 5:30 in the church’s Fellowship Hall for $6.
Reservations for dinner are requested click here or call 776-5238
Reservations for FREE childcare (Marty at 776.5710).

For questions, Briarwood contacts are Marty Hayes at 205.776.5710 or Pam Barker at 205.776.5711. For information on the specifics of becoming a foster parent, please check out the DHR website.