project 2.5 plus
Who We Are:
The term 2.5 has long been synonymous with what the average size family looks like. A mother, a father and 2.5 children. The focus of this ministry is to take that idea a step further. Someone once said, “There are no unwanted children. Just unfound families”. The ultimate goal of Project 2.5 Plus is to support efforts to end the need to have children in a “waiting to be adopted” status, while also providing active and ongoing support to foster parents and their families.
James 1:27 states “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress”. Ephesians 1:5 says, “He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will”. John 14:18 says “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” This is not a denominational issue. Clearly, God’s plan for adoption, both in the spiritual and physical sense, as well as the care of children are expressed in His word.
Many people respond to the call to be a foster parent and in doing so submit to the laborious and often painstaking process of becoming licensed so that abused, neglected and marginalized kids can have a safe, nurturing and Jesus centered place to find refuge and be loved. The work these families do is full of unbelievable difficulties and unspeakable joys. On a daily basis they carry both the weight of brokenness and the hope of redemption on their shoulders and in their hearts. They live, breathe, cry and walk out the Gospel in the vulnerable lives of these young kids while exposing their marriages, their children and their community of friends and family to a warfare unlike any other. It is a calling.
Through Project 2.5 Plus, we plan to accomplish the following:
1) Create small groups within church to support foster families in foster processes
2) Have families DCFS certified and placement ready
3) Offer support to placement families in the form of meals, respite, basic home repair, etc.
4) Organize “Service Days”
5) Offer assistance with in-home organization for required materials
Can We Help?
According to 2014, data gathered by US Health and Human Services (http://icareaboutorphans.org/consideringadoption/waitingkidsinyourstate/), in Louisiana alone there were 1,033 children adoption ready, meaning the TPR had been conducted and they no longer have access to their biological families. There were 7,983 churches. Notable Christian author Joyce Meyer was quoted as saying, “If you can help a child, you don’t have to spend years repairing an adult”. Imagine the opportunity we have to change the lives and outcomes of these children, which can effect generations to come. It’s hard to measure the impact on the life of an individual having grown up with someone to call dad, of having a mother soothe a hurt, family to cheer a touchdown or graduation, to walk a daughter down the aisle.
It’s not hard to imagine the impact of growing up without it.
This is the main page for all Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services info. You can navigate to the Adopt a Child or Foster a Child links for helpful information, as well as sign up for certification.
From their website: “Louisiana Heart Gallery is a volunteer faith-based partners targeting the faith community to raise awareness for foster care adoption and finding forever families for children waiting to be adopted in Louisiana”.
This is the page where we take requests from the support group and make requests for all kinds of things. These can be requests for assistance, respite, basic home repairs, clothing, etc. This is the place where our forever family, and anyone with a heart to help, can respond to needs without violating any privacy issues.
If you have any questions, please contact us at the following:
Anthony Bartley Ann Bartley