Q: Tell us a little about yourself. How you found yourself at the center of the fostering conversation?
A: After the death of my first child, I felt strongly called to help other children. With 13 years’ experience as a foster parent of over 50 children, and the adoption of three of these children from the foster care system, and with several books published on the topic, I have been blessed to travel the nation training foster parents, social workers, and the general public about all things foster care related.
Q: What do you hope for readers to take away from reading Faith and Foster Care?
A: Not everyone can be a foster parent. I certainly understand that. It can be a difficult “job.” Yet, everyone can help a child in foster care in some way. Faith and Foster Care gives specific examples on how to do this very thing; how to care for God’s children in need. For those readers who do care for children from foster care in their own home, or who are advocates for these children, Faith and Foster Care is full of personal stories, examples, and Scripture verses, all designed to strengthen those who care for His children in need.
Q: What advice do you give families who are exploring the idea of fostering?
A: To be sure, families must first pray about the decision, as it must be one that is made together with all family members in agreement. Research what foster parenting is about, and then begin the training classes with a local agency.
Q: What can the church do to come alongside foster families?
A: Oh, there are so many ways a church can help foster families. Support them in prayer; help with meals, transportation, clothing, and gifts at holiday times. Pray for the children and their birth family members. Host foster parent training sessions at the church, and have the church become a safe haven for child/birth family visitations. There are so many ways a church can help. Faith and Foster Care shares just how today’s church is called to help both the families and the children.
Q: How can readers connect with you? (blog, social media, email, anything you’d like to provide)
A: I am on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and on my website drjohndegarmofostercare.weebly.com. Simply search “Dr. John DeGarmo, Foster Care,” and you will be sure to find me in whatever media you use. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I am here to serve.