Orphan Care Ministry

"In you the orphan finds mercy." Hosea 14:3

Foster Parent TIPS Training

Have you ever wondered about Foster Parenting? Do you have questions about how to get involved as a foster parent or respite provider?

Come and see for yourself at Foster Care Orientation! Hosted by Lifeline Children's Services, you'll have an opportunity to learn about opportunities, ask questions, and pray about taking that next step of attending classes.

  • August 13, 2019 - Orientation/Information Meeting
    • *Free childcare available for Birth-6th Grade. Email Karen Robbins by Thursday, August 8 to register your children.
  • August 27, 2019 - Weekly Classes Begin 
    • *Free childcare available for Birth-6th Grade. Email Karen Robbins by Thursday, August 22 to register your children.

This class is open to Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, St. Clair, and Blount County families.

Contact Cara Loy with any questions at Cara.Loy@lifelinechild.org


  • There are approximately 143 million orphans worldwide. Every day, 5,760 children become orphans. Each year, 20,000 children age of out the US foster care system.
  • Jesus has commanded Christians to be the solution.
  • Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world. - James 1:27
  • Earthly adoption is one of the most power pictures of our spiritual adoption in Christ. We were once fatherless but are now rescued out of the spiritual "orphanage" of our world into God's family. Because of this, our capacity for sharing and demonstrating the Gospel – and our obedience to God's mission – will expand as we learn to care for orphans.
  • Adoption and foster care increases our diversity in the church and opens our eyes to the dire physical and, more importantly, spiritual needs throughout the world.


The goal of our ministry is to help bring awareness to the plight of numerous orphans around the world while demonstrating God's hope for a better future. We also aim to provide resources, education, and support for our members involved in the loving care of children in need. We hope to recruit new foster parents and adoptive parents and provide a helping hand to the many local agencies involved in the care of these children.

There are currently 1,038 foster children across Jefferson County.
That’s 1,038 lives that have been disrupted and left scared and confused.
That’s 1,038 opportunities for the Church to care for the innocent children in our area.

This is the story of how a destructive family cycle was broken in our church.


  • Become a foster parent or respite care provider for foster families through TIPS classes offered at Shades.
  • Become a WRAP participant, supporting families in our church involved in foster care or adoption by providing a meal, prayerful support, and resources.
  • Partner with local agencies to minister to children in the foster care system.
  • Connect with other families in our church involved in international or domestic adoption.
  • Sponsor a child through Compassion International or World Vision.