This strategy guide is designed to help church ministries who want to launch a waiting families group within their ministry. Church adoption and foster care ministries are uniquely positioned and equipped to help families understand what it means to ‘wait well’ and helping them do just that. Rather than viewing the ‘wait’ as a negative aspect of the journey or something that simply must be endured, we know that the ‘wait’ is an opportunity to prepare, connect and learn.
During the past four plus years, well over 200 families have been served by Tapestry’s waiting families groups. We have also seen many other church ministries start similar groups. Below is a detailed outline of how our waiting families groups are organized and run to help families wait well.
The adoption and foster care waiting stage can be a difficult parts of the journey. It is a time that is filled with questions and doubts and, frankly, it is a time that too few non-adoptive/foster families understand or can directly relate to. As a result, we have created a small group specifically for those who are in the midst of the adoption (or foster care) wait.
We believe that those who are waiting should seek to “make the wait worthwhile” and this group is designed to help them do just that. Led by an experienced adoptive parent, this group helps waiting families know that they are not alone and gives them the opportunity to connect with others who are also waiting so that they can pray with and for each other, support one another, learn from one another and, ultimately, celebrate with one another once the wait has come to an end.
Each Tapestry waiting families group is led by one or more person that has adoption experience and have the heart and wisdom to shepherd and serve waiting families. It is important that the leader is willing and able to walk alongside those pursuing various types of adoption journeys, not just the same path that the leader has experienced. It is also important that the leader is willing and able to follow-up, support and pray for families between the periodic group meetings.
Very little (Tapestry serves desserts and coffee that is supplied by the lead couple). Periodically the waiting families group will also have a dinner event, such as a Christmas party or a Memorial Day cookout.