Sunday, December 18, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
In keeping with the desire of the Open Hearts, Open Homes Orphan Ministry to encourage families in the area of foster care we are a hosting site for PRIDE classes beginning February 2012. These classes are required of both spouses for a family to become licensed for foster care.
To begin the process of becoming a foster parent you first need to choose a local agency to work through. The following are the more known agencies in our area:
Children’s Home 309- 685-1047
Family Core 309-676-2400
Lutheran Social Services 309-671-0300
Catholic Charities (in flux) 309-636-8000
Once you have chosen an agency you will receive a packet of information that includes an application. They will then do a home visit and the agency will sign you up for the PRIDE classes. You can request to be put in the classes being held at the 7229 N. Knoxville Ave. building of Bethany Baptist Church (please note these dates are on the DCFS schedule under Living Waters Church because that is the sign that identifies the building on Knoxville Ave). :
Feb. 18 (2 sessions in one day)
Feb. 25 9-12noon
March 2, 10, 17, 24, 31 9-12noon
April 7 9-12noon
These dates don’t work for your family? Don’t let that be a deterrent there are other classes available in our area that may work better for your family!
As we are going into the Christmas season and these particular classes are open to any prospective foster parents it would be good to start talking with an agency before the holidays.
As part of the licensing process you will need to fill out an application, have physical exams on each family member, and anyone over 17 in your home will need to be fingerprinted. One of the parents will need to take the Educational Advocacy class; this class is being offered at
In need of something to do while you are waiting to be licensed? –
1. Pray that the Lord would help you to minister to the children that He will bring to you.
2. Pray that the Lord would help you to minister to the birth families of the children.
3. Pray that the Lord would prepare the hearts of your family for what He will teach you.
4. Make a list of the things the Lord brings to your mind when you are praying – this will
be great to reflect on as you minister to the ‘least of these’.
If you have any questions please feel free to call Amy Park - email@example.com
Monday, November 28, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
– Pastor Daniel – Caring for the Orphan is Gloriously Painful
– Pastor Jerry – Navigating Ups and Downs with our Foster/Adoptive Child
– Panel - made up of a variety of post-placement families
Saturday, November 12, 2011.
Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Place: Eastview Christian Church, 1500 N. Airport Rd., Normal, IL
This event is free however tickets are needed (see link below):
Friday, October 14, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
You are invited to join other foster and adoptive families for an
Open Hearts, Open Homes Social!
Date: Saturday,July 30, 2011
Place: JR White Park, Holland Rd, Germantown Hills
We will provide meat fresh off the grill and drinks. Please bring a dish to share
RSVP/?'s to: Lisa Schwarz - firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Ok friends and family........I'm once again coming to you for help :) I know that you will come through for me :) I just teamed up with Jami Kaeb with the Forgotten Initiative. This girl has an incredible heart for the Lord and He is using her and her obedience to Him in a mighty way!! Check out the link to learn more about what she is doing for the foster children in our communities. She inspires me to do more, so I offered to help out and do a Diaper and Food Drive for our local DCFS in Peoria. DCFS is where Peoria area children go when they are taken from their parents custody and wait for foster care placement.
The following is taken from the Forgotten Initiative's website.
Local foster care agencies are doing their best to help children and their families in need but resources are limited and due to lack of funding, programs benefiting children and vulnerable adults are cut. When programs are cut, when supplies run low, when rooms get outdated and dirty, children are affected.
What if we, as the Body of Christ, did something to change this? What if we worked together to support the agencies and lighten their load? Not everyone is called to be a foster parent or even a mentor, but everyone can do something. The Forgotten Initiative believes strongly in building partnerships with local agencies. When you support the agencies, you literally affect the children they are trying to help. When you bring the light of Jesus Christ into an agency, everyone is uplifted!
You may have seen on the news or read about The Forgotten Initiative's recent renovation of the DCFS waiting room. Will you help me serve them again and supply them with diapers, wipes or baby food??? You can ship them directly to me and get great deals via http://www.amazon.com/ orhttp://www.diapers.com/. You can also drop anything off at our home or find me at church.
You can email me email@example.com with any questions you may have.
My goal: 100 boxes of diapers/pull-ups (any size) or wipes and several boxes and/or jars of baby food and/or formula by July 15th!!
They will be thrilled with anything given to them!! Let's bless them and show them what the Body of Christ can do for these innocent children!!!!!
Matthew 25:40 ....'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Save the date!
Christian Adoptive Families picnic
on Sunday, July 24, 2011 in Tremont.
Time: 5-9pm - picnic 5-7pm, swimming 7-9pm
Place: Park Shelter across from the Tremont pool.
More details will be coming as things are finalized.
Christian Adoptive Families is a group of Christian adoptive
families from Central Illinois. They get together a few times a year
for fun and fellowship. Several OHOH families have attended
these events and have had a great time!
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Saturday, May 14, 2011
These are the words of Russell Moore (Southern Seminary) at Summit VII
"We are afraid of orphans. Because orphans are unpredictable. There is always some kind of tragedy. We would rather not think of such things. We are afraid of the mark left on the victims of tragedy.
God, in his adopting power thru Jesus, has brought us into his family. We reach orphans as ex-orphans ourselves.
As we move into the dangerous places, we empower others to live courageously. What do we have to be afraid of anymore? Jesus has given us a path. When we love in the sad, dark, haunted places; children who we are afraid of, we follow Jesus there."
excerpt from www.christianallianceblog.org
PO Box 40
202 N. Ford St.
Gridley, IL 61744
Last I had heard there had been $1200 donated with a goal of $3000.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
This is a wonderful evening of prayer, fellowship, and encouragement for ladies that are anywhere in the process of foster and/or adoption. If you are an "old pro" your insight is greatly appreciated, if you are new to this journey come and let us walk alongside you!
There is no need to RSVP just show up. Feel free to bring a friend. If you would like to provide a snack food you are welcome to do that, but do not feel like you have to there are always plenty of snacks.
Any questions you can contact Amy @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Our main needs right now are two-fold: (1) Donations and (2) someone to head up a toy drive.
As of Friday of last week, donations totaled $1200. Ideally we'd like to raise $3,000 for furniture, paint, toys, etc. But if someone is willing to lead a toy drive initiative, this will drive down the total amount we need to raise. If you're interested, please let me know ASAP. I can give you further information if you're interested.
The deadline for donations is May 16th, at which point I will work with our design team and shopping team to divvy up the money to purchase furniture, wall decor, paint, toys, etc. for the waiting room.
If you have questions please contact Amy @ email@example.com and she will get you in touch with Catherine.
Monday, May 2, 2011
The Forgotten Initiative is an arm of Lifsong for Oprhans and is raising $3000 for new books, toys and furniture. Will you help? Necessities like a changing table, sleeping mats, and high chairs will also be purchased. We hope to complete this project in June 2011, with a tentative target date set of June 1, 2011.
If you'd like to add your personal touch to this project, please contact Amy @ firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put you in touch with Catherine. Catherine is in the process of getting the word out to raise funds to make this dream of blessing these kids a reality.
Checks can be make payable to:
Lifesong for Orphans (re:Forgotten Initiative-Peoria)
PO Box 40 · 202 N. Ford St
Gridley, IL 61744 T
Thank you! for Catherine Cambra
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
As we should always do, please use discernment as you read through the information.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Mark your calendars for the March date for Focused Fellowship!
Date: Monday, March 21, 2011 (we meet the third Monday of each month)
Time: 7pm - until it's time to go home
Place: Monica Lonergan's home, 1111 W. Burnside, Peoria
No need to RSVP, just show up. If you'd like you could bring a light treat to share.
Any questions? Reply here, or contact Amy @ email@example.com
For those new to Focused Fellowship, it is a time for ladies anywhere in the process of fostering or adopting to get together to encourage each other, share each others burdens, and pray for one another.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
We meet at the home of Monica Lonergan, 1111 Burnside Dr., Peoria
Time: 7pm until our husbands call
No need to RSVP, just show up.
We'd love to see you!
Any questions? email Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Author Dr. Russell Moore will be a keynote speaker for Summit VII, and this is a great opportunity to explore his masterful book at no cost.
Although carrying much practical advice, this audiobook extends far beyond the nuts-and-blots of adoption. It explores the Biblical fountainhead of Christian adoption and orphan care: the Gospel of God's adoption of us.
Review by Jedd Medefind in Christianity Today's "My Top 5 Books on Orphan Care."
Video interview of Dr. Moore by blogger Justin Taylor.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Congratulations to Steve and Jennell and big brothers Braden, Ryan, and Blake!
We are praying for you all as you come together as a family!
"For this child I have prayed and God has granted me what I asked of Him."
I Samuel 1:27
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Here is link to a very good local conference being held at East White Oak Bible Church in Carlock, IL.
(This side of Bloomington/Normal)
Date: Saturday, February 19, 2011
Check out the link below for more information! And it's free!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
The Open Hearts, Open Homes Ministry does not recommend all the resources on this site, but there are many that you may find helpful. We encourage you to use discernment as you look through the list.