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.

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.

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.

Heritage Fellowship

Worship: Sundays @ 10:00 AM

600 E. Florida Street
Clinton, S.C. 29325

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