Colorado Springs, Colo. – Ten years after Focus on the Family held the first-ever Wait No More event at New Life Church, nearly 4,000 families have initiated foster care or adoption from foster care as a result of a decade of events across the United States.
On Saturday, November 10, Wait No More is coming back to New Life Church to encourage prospective foster and adoptive families through education, inspiration and personal testimonies.
6,752 children and youth are in Colorado's foster care system, with nearly 290 children and teens still waiting for a family. The state has more than 3,800 churches, and God has given Christians clear commands to care for orphans.
"These kids are dealing with feelings of rejection, fear and mistrust, and we want to shine the light of God's love to them through recruiting nurturing foster care and adoption homes," said Dr. Sharen Ford, who worked for state child welfare in Colorado for 30 years and serves as the program director of advocacy for children at Focus on the Family.
"Children and youth in foster care are just one of the many groups that cannot speak for themselves, and we want to raise awareness of these precious children awaiting caring families in our own state."
As part of the event, Focus on the Family will be giving the "Helping Waiting Children Thrive Award" to Fostering Hope to honor this organization for its work in supporting foster families and teens and children aging out of the child welfare system in the Pikes Peak region.
Hear more about the waiting children, the process of foster care, adoption from foster care and ways to support families who do. In addition, agency and local community-based care representatives will be on-site to answer questions and help families begin the process to become a foster or adoptive parent.
The event is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. MT at New Life Church, 11025 Voyager Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80921. No admission costs are involved. However, because conference-related materials will be offered, pre-registration is strongly preferred.
For more information or to register, visit https://www.waitnomore.org/colorado/ or call 1-800-A-FAMILY.
To coordinate media interviews, please email Andrew Montgomery at Andrew.Montgomery@fotf.org or call 719-533-6784.