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Orphan Sunday Event Helps Recruit Foster Families

As the leaves begin to fall from the trees and we approach the holiday season, many of us feel more inspired to ask: How can I be of service to others?

In Seekonk, Massachusetts, just a few miles from Rhode Island, Boys Town New England Foster Family ServicesSM gathered recently at His Providence Church to try to answer that question together. The dinner event celebrated Orphan Sunday, an international call-to-action organized by the Christian Alliance for Orphans. The event was held on the evening of Sunday, November 8, as a part of His Providence Church’s annual program which has been running for a few years now.

Orphan Sunday began in a church in Zambia, Africa when an American churchgoer named Gary Schneider felt inspired by the pastor’s plea for Christians to help save the lives of the many orphans in the area. Spreading to the United States in 2003, the movement has inspired many churches and organizations to dedicate a day to the cause each year.

For His Providence church, the dinner event has been primarily a way of encouraging members of their community to consider fostering or adopting a child in need. Boys Town New England’s Foster Family Services program has been connected to the project for most of its history, linking interested families with resources and education. In fact, two of the event’s facilitators, Kim and John Gagne, have since helped recruit several foster families for Boys Town New England.

Director of Program Operations Doug Vanden Hoek says Kim’s involvement in particular has been pivotal to growth within the program. “She’s developed some really good relationships with folks in our Foster Family Services Program services program, and has been very helpful in recruiting foster families.”

The food was catered to the church, and guests enjoyed their meal while listening to the heartwarming stories of multiple foster parents, including one family who recently adopted two of their Boys Town foster kids. Boys Town New England had an informational booth set up to help recruit new foster care providers.

They say that a small group of concerned citizens can change the world, and this holiday season, the community at Orphan Sunday seems to have the potential to do just that. Boys Town New England wishes to thank His Providence Church and all of those involved with this event for helping save lives by connecting youth with their forever families.