Orphan, Foster and Adoption Ministry (OFAM) began as a support group for families that were in the process of adopting or had previously adopted. As this group grew we formed a team that serves to facilitate conversations with our church on behalf of orphans and foster children. Our mission is to intentionally care for orphans, foster children, and adoptive and foster families as a means of discipleship. We strive to raise awareness about orphans and foster children locally and globally to share with our BUMC family.
November: National Orphan Foster adoption Awareness Month:
In acknowledgment of Orphan Foster Adoption Awareness Month, November 11 and 12th will prayerfully focus on these families and children. We believe we are called to serve and care for the children of our world.
Survey: We hope to gather information on members of our community that are already and hope to be engaged in serving these vulnerable children. Please take a moment to text: BUMCOFAM to 797979. You will receive a link to a brief survey. We hope you will take the time to fill this out as we seek to create more opportunities to serve the children in our community and world.
OFAM EDUCATIONAL FORUM: january 17, 2018 at 6:15pm
Did you know that there are an estimated 140 million children who are orphans world wide and over 8,500 children in the Foster Care System in Tennessee? Did you know that there are many ways that you can serve children at risk in our world and community--beyond fostering and adoption? Come on January 17th where we will have a panel of experts representing different groups who serve these vulnerable children. We will have representatives from: Miriam's Promise, Just Hope International, Tennessee Alliance for Kids, America's Kids Belong and a parent who has fostered and adopted. Everyone in our community deserves a place where they belong. Won't you join us? Register below or contact
Liz Queen: Just Hope International, Jen Gash: Tennessee Alliance for Kids, Deborah Robinson: Miriam's Promise, Jason Miller: Grace Community Church, Kristin Allender-America's Kids Belong
EASTER BASKET PACKING: dATE COMING SOON
The Brentwood UMC Orphans, Foster, and Adoption Ministry (OFAM) teams up with our congregation annually in giving Easter Baskets to over 450 children in foster care in Williamson and Davidson County. It is a great way to share God’s love and the message of Christ with the children and youth in our community!
There are four ways to participate:
1) Supply items to go in the baskets.
2) Support the communion offering for OFAM to cover needed supplies like the baskets and wrapping materials.
3) Help us pack the baskets in the late winter/early spring in the Brentwood UMC Family Life Center (Gym). This family friendly event is a fun and exciting way for whole families to serve. 100 volunteers needed. Our 2018 Date coming soon!
4) Help us deliver the baskets to local organizations after we are done packing- about 12pm!
Our Partners and other opportunities for serving:
Monroe Harding – Monroe Harding has a singular mission: changing young people’s lives. Monroe Harding turns the dreams of young people into reality by creating opportunities for them.
Safe Families for Children – In partnership with Bethany Christian Services, Safe Families for Children provides families experiencing temporary crises with support from host families.
Miriam’s Promise – Miriam’s Promise stands in the gap, building bridges through crisis pregnancy counseling and child placement services. They offer assistance for domestic, international and independent adoption, as well as post-placement services.
Christian Alliance for Orphans – The CAFO Summit inspires and equips Christians to care for orphans with wisdom-guided love.
For more information about our partners and how you can get involved, contact .