Compelled to Care: Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Family Ministry


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Compelled to Care serves foster, adoptive and kinship families through building community, training and providing the church with opportunities to serve foster families.


WE SEE YOU Being a foster, adoptive and kinship parent is exciting and messy because it’s like bringing the mission field into your home. Being the hands and feet of Jesus and caring for the most vulnerable takes endurance. It requires community with others doing the same thing because you cannot sustainably do this alone.  Your children also need to know they are not alone too. We offer lots of opportunity for community for parents and kids.

Research shows that kids do best in families. This is why we care for the whole family; not just the individual foster child. We also believe that God deeply cares for the vulnerable; especially children, so we are passionate about bringing a gospel lens to foster, adoptive and kinship care.


MONTHLY EVENTS

Compelled to Care monthly events are a great opportunity to meet other foster, adoptive and kinship families, people who are interested in getting licensed, and those who just want to serve the community. These monthly events return in September.

COMPELLED TO CARE: OLYMPIA

WHEN: The 2nd Friday of the month at 6:30pm (Childcare opens at 6:15pm)

FOOD: Adults are served a family style meal while children are served a kid-friendly meal in their classrooms.

PROGRAM: The adult program rotates every month between training, speakers and fun events. The kids program is led by Evergreen Kids. They provide a new lesson plan every month that includes organized activities, free play and crafts.

Location: The Olympia Campus

Childcare: Provided




COMPELLED TO CARE: McCLEARY

WHEN: The last Friday of the month at 6:30pm (Childcare opens at 6:15pm)

FOOD: Snacks provided

PROGRAM: This is an evening full of engaging conversation and laughter led by Nate Wilson, Compelled to Care McCleary Leader and Fostering Together Liaison for Thurston and Mason County.

Location: To be determined

Childcare: Provided


GROUPS

Women's Bible Study: Compelled to Care hosts a table for Foster/Adoptive/Kinship Moms at the ECC Women’s Tuesday morning bible study. Bible study returns in the Fall.

C2C Moms Coffee Date - for Foster/Adoptive/Kinship Moms. This group meets the 1st Saturday of every month from 9:00-10:30am at Starbucks next to Winco in Lacey. 1020 Kingham St NE Lacey, WA 98516

Burger Bros - for Foster/Adoptive/Kinship Dad’s. This group meets at a different restaurant at 6:30pm on the 3rd Friday of every month.

Single Moms Night Out - for Single Foster/Adoptive/Kinship Moms. This group meets at 6:30pm on the 4th Monday of every month at a different restaurant. Childcare is provided at ECC for up to 20 kids. Pre-registration is required for childcare. This group returns in September.

Online Support - Join our private Facebook group Compelled to Care Community to share resources, find encouragement and keep up with our events.

To meet up with any of these groups or to start a new one email ashley@ecconline.cc for more information.


UPCOMING EVENTS

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Support Compelled to Care

Thank you for supporting Compelled to Care by buying our shirt!

This fundraiser ended July 12th.

Shirts will be available for pick-up at Evergreen Christian Community Olympia campus and shipped on July 26th.

 
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EVERY WEEK 9:30-11:00AM

Wed. June 26 - The RAC, Lacey

July 3 - Holiday Break

Wed. July 10 - Burfoot Park, Olympia

Sat. July 20 - Tumwater Historical Park

Wed. July 24 - Meridian Park, Lacey

Wed. July 31 - Yauger Park, Olympia

Wed. Aug. 7 - Callanan Park, Shelton

Wed. Aug. 14 - Penny Park, Chehalis

Sat. Aug. 24 - Woodland Creek Community Park,Lacey

Wed. Aug. 28 - Rainier Vista Park, Lacey

COME OUT AND PLAY!

Summer’s out and the kids need to go outside and we need some grown-up conversation! Join our park tour this summer and meet other foster, adoptive and kinship families. We will meet at different parks in Thurston, Mason and Lewis counties.

 
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PLAY IN STYLE

We bring a lot of kids to the park! You had the genius idea of putting all the kids in the same shirt to make it easier to keep an eye on them. You voted for colors on the Compelled to Care Community page. The winning color was Columbia Blue! We are also adding a Berry (pink) option for fun!

Sale ended July 12th.

Shirts will be shipped and ready for pick-up by July 26th.


TRAINING

Parenting kids with a trauma background requires a new set of tools. We will post upcoming trainings here.


SERVE

We are looking for people who have a heart for foster kids, teens and kids with special needs to serve in child care during our monthly dinners and on Single Moms Night Out.


We are looking for tech savvy people who can run the tech booth during our monthly dinners. If you would love to use your skills to serve foster families email ashley@ecconline.cc

A huge part of our ministry is social media. If you are great at taking pictures with your phone and posting on Facebook we’d love to have you serve at our Compelled to Care events by taking pictures and posting them on our Facebook page.

If you would love to serve foster families email ashley@ecconline.cc


CONTACT

If you have creative ideas for serving foster and adoptive families, want to get connected to the Compelled to Care community or have questions about how to get licensed for foster care please contact Ashley Wambach, Compelled to Care Director, at ashley@ecconline.cc.