Amid the political posturing over the immigration crisis at the U.S. southern border, at least one Christian agency is beginning to help find foster parents for unaccompanied migrant children caught up in the current border crisis.
A woman and her husband from Florida, for example, are serving as foster parents for these “unaccompanied alien children,” who are minors that became detained after crossing the U.S. border whether by themselves or with a parent.
“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 shared with the Orlando Sentinel.
The couple, who due to federal guidelines can’t be identified, are part of the global humanitarian nonprofit, Bethany Christian Services, which “supports vulnerable kids and families in the U.S. and around the world.”
Bethany Christian Services has an office in Winter Garden, Central Florida, where they are the only local social-service agency that is actively partnering with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help children find temporary homes until they find a U.S. sponsor.
While it is not commonly heard of, last year alone, the Office of Refugee Resettlement processed over 49,000 unaccompanied children. The Orlando Sentinel pointed out that this could partially be due to the rising level of violence in Central America over the past couple of years.
Yet, despite the fact that there were almost 50,000 children processed last year, only 14 have been placed in homes in Central Florida since this past January. This is partially why Bethany Christian Services wants to quickly add two dozen more foster homes this year, then add on later.
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SOURCE: Faithwire, Lindsay Elizabeth