Advocacy, Aging Out Youth, Children in Foster Care, Family Support, Foster Care Workers, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference Mondays, Mentoring, Vulnerable Parents, Ways to ServeJun. 13, 2016

Make a Difference Monday | It’s Not the Thought That Counts

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Today I asked a friend, “Does it count as a workout in the fact that I brought my gym bag with me but don’t actually workout?”  She giggled and as I sat thinking through that saying, “It’s the thought that counts,” I realized, of course the thought doesn’t count, my body isn’t changing in any way.

The same is true in foster care.  So many people think about fostering or serving the foster care community, but if you think about it…

If it were the thought that counted, there would be an abundance of foster care workers feeling encouraged and supported.

If it were the thought that counted, there would be fewer families broken and falling apart.

If it were the thought that counted, young adults would not be aging-out of foster care alone, ending up in jail, addicted to drugs or stuck in a human trafficking ring.

If it were the thought that counted, foster parents would have a surplus of people wrapped around them, loving on them and their kids, not in this journey alone.

If it were the thought that counted, children would not be feeling unheard.

It is not the thought that counts.  What counts is when we take our thoughts and put them into action.  If we “think” about supporting the foster care community in some way, but never do it, how can we expect anything to change.

Today, let’s change that.  It only takes the simplest thing to start and make a change.

Find an agency and bring the workers cookies.

Find a foster family in your church and tell them you’re willing to do whatever it takes to support them.

Find a mentoring program in your community and be a stable role model in the life of a child in foster care or a vulnerable parent.

If you’re interested in more ways in serving your foster care community or want support in your current ministry, we’d love to help you!

Jillian Kellenberger

Jillian Kellenberger

Jillian has a passion for loving and reaching out to those who are hurting. She graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor’s degree in social work. Her role with TFI began as a volunteer and a year and a half later she joined the team full time. She is now serving our TFI Advocates as Advocate Support.

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