Our Impact:

Foster Care & Adoption

600,000

Children Experience Foster Care Each Year in the US*

Voices for Children

4,173

Children in Foster Care in South Carolina

South Carolina Department of Social Services

148

Children in Foster Care in Laurens County

South Carolina Department of Social Services

At Heritage, we believe that caring for the poor and oppressed is part of our mission as Christians. Over and over in the Bible we are given commands to take care of those who are in need. You will see this call across both the Old and New Testaments.

A specific part of that call is to care for orphans. God has a special heart for children who don’t have a home. In Isaiah 1:16-17, as God is beginning to call out the sin of Judah, He points to their idolatry and turning to other gods, but He also calls them to “cease to do evil, learn to do good, seek justice, correct oppression, bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widows cause.” James 1:27 is another example of God’s call on the church to care for orphans: “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” Psalm 68:5 says that God Himself is a Father to the fatherless. Caring for children who need a home is a reflection of God’s heart.

Caring for orphans is a huge part of our heart at Heritage. We have many members who are or have been involved in foster care for many years. We believe it is the responsibility of the church to step into foster care and adoption. Not only does this reflect the heart of God, it also is a mirror of the gospel. Romans 8:15 says we have been adopted as sons by God. Apart from the redemptive work of Christ all of us live as orphans. But, God in His great love as made a way for us to become part of His family. As we step into the lives of children through adoption and foster care, we are able to point them to the great truth that God loves them and wants to adopt them as His own. We are able to show His grace to these children when they need it the most. 

If you are interested in learning more about foster care and adoption and how you can be involved, contact Jon or Heidi Sampson at jts6421@gmail.com, or check out the resources below.

Foster Care Resource Center

We have a room set aside at our building on Florida St. for foster care resources. We have a supply of items a family might need when a child is placed in their home. Items include clothing, diapers, shampoo, socks, toys, and more.

If you have recently brought a child into your home and need anything, stop by our Resource Center! If you have any questions, or if you have any items you would like to donate please contact Heidi Sampson.

Foster Care Events

We want to use our building to serve our community. Part of how we do that is by hosting events for the Laurens County Foster Care Parent Association. We always need volunteers to help with these events. 

For more information on how and when you can help, please contact Jon Sampson.

Foster Care Blog

If you need encouragement in your foster care journey, take some time to check out our foster care blog.

Foster Care is Spiritual Warfare

Foster Care is Spiritual Warfare

Written by Jon Sampson Foster care is a battlefield. It’s a fight between good and evil, light and dark, right and wrong. By nature it is reactionary - We didn’t throw the first punch. Foster care is a response to what is broken motivated by the desire to see healing...

Do Something

Do Something

Written by Jon Sampson   Isaiah 1:17 is a pretty well-known verse: learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause. Have you ever read that verse in context? Yikes. Be warned, it’s strong. Starting in...

Yes & Amen

Yes & Amen

God sets the lonely in families (Psalms 68:6a) Great, then what? Foster Care and adoption are amazing acts of obedience to God’s call. Often times though, the decision is the easy part. After all the background checks, paperwork, inspections, and interviews; the hard...

Obedience

Obedience

When I was in Sunday school as a kid there was a song that they taught us to help us learn the importance of obedience. I don’t remember the verses, but the chorus went like this: O-B-E-D-I-E-N-C-E, obedience is the very best way to show that you...

You Can Do Something

You Can Do Something

It's pretty simple really: If you love Jesus and strive to be like him, you should be be doing something to help children in need. As Tony Merida says in his book Ordinary: How to Turn the World Upside Down :“If God is a father to the fatherless, and I am...

Foster Care is Love

Foster Care is Love

Foster care can be a scary idea for people and families who are considering becoming foster parents. But it’s even scarier for the kids who make up the foster care system. 450,000+ kids (Over 4200 in South Carolina) that have been abused, neglected,...

Fruit of the Spirit in Foster Care

Fruit of the Spirit in Foster Care

As I’ve been thinking about how to share the message of foster care, I started to think about classic passages and stories from the Bible. It’s pretty easy to see that many popular passages can be used to encourage people who are considering or are in the...

Reckless Love

Reckless Love

This song has been stuck in my head for the past month, and we’ve sung it a few times on Sunday mornings. Somewhere around the 25th time I listened to the song on Spotify, I had a realization - foster care love is reckless love. The love that a foster...

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