2017 Blue Sunday
April 30, 2017 - National Day of Prayer
Many of our local churches acknowledge or observe Blue Sunday, a national day of prayer for children affected by abuse and neglect. Blue Sunday is a way for churches to stand up for foster children and children waiting to be adopted and support those interested in becoming a caregiver or adoptive parent.
the 2017 Blue Sunday Toolkit includes: 2017 Welcome Letter to Churches • Testimonials from 2016 Blue Sunday • 9 Things Churches Should Know About Child Abuse and Neglect • Steps to Foster Parenting • The Foster Care Funnel • Blue Sunday Prayer for Abused Children • Blue Sunday flyer • Business Cards
Download the full toolkit or choose from individual elements. If you would like a hard copy of the toolkit, please email Julie Schoenlein.
|Welcome Letter||Blue Sunday Flyer||Blue Sunday Prayer||9 Things Churches Should Know About Child Abuse|
| 2016 Blue SundayTestimonials
|| Steps to Foster Parenting
||Upcoming Foster Parent Information Sessions||The Foster Care Funnel|
Video: Blue Sunday Day of Prayer for your Church (2:20) View on YouTube
Videos: "Pebble in My Shoe" (4:43) View on YouTube
|Video: Award Winning "Removed" (12:44) Watch on Vimeo|
Stand Sunday Toolkit
(Coming in November 2017)
Protecting children from abuse and neglect is as important to our faith community as it is to us at Lorain County Children Services. One very personal way to make a difference in the lives of Lorain County’s abused or neglected children is by becoming or supporting our local foster and adoptive parents as well as those who wish to become foster or adoptive parents. They might be the people who lead your youth program or the people who watch the children during services. They may be the family that just joined your church or the parents who just became empty-nesters.
Can you help by highlighting Stand Sunday on November 13th? Stand Sunday is a national campaign and gives churches the resources and tools to stand up for foster children and children waiting to be adopted and support those interested in becoming a caregiver or adoptive parent.
The call to action for Lorain County's Stand Sunday initiative will be to invite people to the November 18th Foster Care Open House, hosted by our current licensed foster parents. People can come to meet and hear directly from active foster parents about what it’s like; what are the rewards and challenges; and about their individual journey from licensing to taking care of children in Lorain County.
Should you choose to participate and spread the good news on Stand Sunday, I have attached the following "toolkit" resources:
- Letter to Pastors About November 13 Stand Sunday
- Steps to Foster Parenting
- The Foster Care Funnel
- Information on upcoming “Foster Parent Information Sessions”
- Sample poster and information related to Stand Sunday.
If you would like hard copies printed for you, or have any questions about Stand Sunday or the children serviced by Children Services, please call Julie Schoenlein at 440-328-2467. Thank you.