JFO inspires, educates and equips families, churches, businesses and community members to care for vulnerable children in crisis.
Children become vulnerable when biological parents are faced with poverty, drug and alcohol addiction, mental illness, incarceration and overall lack of support making it difficult for them to do the most important job of their lives: Raise healthy kids.
Justice For Orphans was founded in 2012 by Sandra Flach and Mary Slager. These adoptive and foster moms were wrecked by the global orphan crisis and the national foster care crisis—and the church’s lack of response to it.
On a mission to rally the Church, the duo jumped into advocacy work and began hosting annual adoption and foster care conferences. Sandra and Mary launched and hosted the Orphans No More weekly radio program on WDCD in Albany, NY in 2014. By 2018, the show became a podcast to encourage, educate, and equip those who care for children through adoption, foster care and kinship care. Today, the podcast, hosted by Sandra Flach, has a new name—The Adoption & Foster Care Journey— and tens of thousands of listeners world-wide.
The Work of JFO
What does JFO do? Helping children in crisis, keeping families together, and connecting support resources with children in need are just a few tasks JFO aims to accomplish.
In The Adoption and Foster Care Journey Podcast, founder and host, Sandra Flach supports Christian families by sharing stories, prayer, and resources. The podcast helps families know “you are not alone” -Seth Williams.
FASD (Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder) is often a un or under-diagnosed condition prevalent in the adoption and foster care system. JFO offers FASD training to help families, caregivers, and social workers better understand, support, and accommodate children living with FASD. Additionally, JFO offers training in poverty and trauma.
A “boots on the ground” effort, CarePortal connects caseworkers, churches, and communities to combat crises and keep families together. With over 50 participating churches, Careportal is working in local capital region communities to stabilize families. Churches can respond, provide, and deliver the resources necessary to help families and children in crisis right at home.
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