How One Couple is Helping Migrant Children Through Christian Ministry’s Foster Care

Amid general outcry over migrant children detained at the U.S. border, one couple in Florida has decided to do something about the situation by becoming transitional foster parents to kids who are unaccompanied immigrants.

“Just seeing the lines of people walking toward the border, and the desperation in their faces, especially the children … my husband and I felt we had to do something,” the wife told the Orlando Sentinel.

Sheltering Migrant Children

The husband and wife, both of whom work and have two biological children under the age of six, are fostering through Bethany Christian Services, a nonprofit that “supports vulnerable kids and families in the U.S. and around the world.” Part of Bethany’s mission is providing transitional foster care to unaccompanied children in the States while working to locate sponsors for those children. The organization works with the Office of Refugee Resettlement, part of the Department of Health and Human Services. In the video below, you can see the process for what happens to unaccompanied migrant children after they arrive in the U.S.

The Journey of an Unaccompanied Refugee Minor from Bethany Christian Services on Vimeo.

The couple fostering through Bethany has so far sheltered four children ranging in age from six years old to the teen years. The wife says the experience has been rewarding, but different from what she initially expected. She told the Sentinel, “My husband and I had both imagined that the kids would come to us crying … and we would just be able to cuddle and comfort them. But to be honest, they have just come out of a very traumatic experience. They don’t know us, they don’t know what to expect, and at least with the young kids we’ve had, they don’t know how to process these emotions and what just happened to them at the detention centers. And we’re the only ones here, so it comes out at us.”

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Source: Church Leaders