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May 31, 2017
 
Grab A Delicious Meal & Support the Ministry of JFO!

Fundraiser - June 8th from 4pm - 7pm
$14 per person

Includes a qtr chicken and 1/3 rack of ribs, cole slaw, hard roll, oven roasted potatoes, corn, and cookies for dessert. 

Pick Up your meals at the Intersection of 9W and Main Street in Ravena, NY

Tickets Sold in Advance by calling  518-779-2279.
 
Sandra Flach
Director of Justice for Orphans
"Orphans No More" - Celebrating Our 200th Episode in July!

The 200th episode of Orphans No More will air  Friday 7/14/17 on The New Light WDCD 96.7fm / 1540am.  Original co-founder of JFO, Mary Slager, will be our special guest to help us celebrate.

Join JFO Ex. Dir. Sandra Flach as she talks with local foster and adoptive parents, adult adoptees, agency reps, trauma professionals and orphan ministry leaders around the world. Our 30 minute show airs locally on
The New Light WDCD 96.7fm, 1540am, or stream it online. All of our past shows can be found on our website at justicefororphansny.org/radio

Our radio program "Orphans No More" airs 3x weekly on The New Light WDCD 96.7fm
  • Albany - Fridays at 1:30pm
  • Sundays at 10:30am
  • Wednesdays at 1:30pm
JFO Minute Spots can be heard twice daily on The Sound of Life radio network.
 
Pastor Rick and
Heather Hannah with
baby Carissa
After Attending a JFO Conference One Year Ago . . .

"As adoptive parents already to three children from Korea, when we moved to the Albany area our lives intersected with Justice for Orphans. In May of 2016 we attended their conference hoping to learn more about foster care, however the testimony of a local family that had adopted from a crisis pregnancy center was what we felt God was leading us to do. 
This week, Carissa was placed in our arms as we said yes to this little girl with complex medical needs. All praise to God Almighty..He has done amazing things for us!" 
Rick and Heather Hanna
 
Miriam's Heart Event 4/29/17

As JFO seeks to rally the Church for  the cause of the orphan we welcome opportunities to share at local churches.  This past spring our Exec. Director, Sandra Flach, shared about 15 years of Orphan Sunday on Saturday, 4/29, at the Miriam's Heart event - Into His Fields in Zarepheth, NJ.  

To schedule Sandra to speak at your church, women's meeting, small group or event email sandraflachjfo@gmail.com.  
Mission Possible Conference 4/29/17

JFO's VP and board member, Rebecca Flach, spoke on foster care and adoption at the Mission Possible Conference at Loudonville Christian Church in Loudonville, NY on 4/29/17.  She was also the recipient of the George Burton Award -a very prestigious honor for volunteerism with integrity from the Empire State Society of Association Executives. Congratulations, Rebecca!
 
Cartwheels For Kids is a new program offering FREE clothing & other necessities for foster children in the Capital Region

Foster parents caring for foster children of any age can receive free gift certificates to shop at Gracefully Chic Boutique and Peace of Home, a gently used clothing, furniture and home d├ęcor store. 

Each foster child ages 0-11 receive a $10 certificate. 
Foster kids 12+ receive a $15 certificate.

Stop by during normal business hours:  Tues - Sat, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.   Located in Faith Plaza in Ravena, NY. 
Full program details can be found at the store and at www.HopeFullLifeCenter.org.

Cartwheels for Kids is brought to you by Hope Full Life Center and Justice for Orphans.
 
Orphan Sunday - November 12, 2017

Orphan Sunday, an initiative of Christian Alliance For Orphans, is the 2nd Sunday in November.  Get YOUR church on the map this OS by going to www.orphansunday.org  and checking in.  OS is the perfect opportunity for your congregation to begin the conversation about God's heart for the fatherless.  Whether your focus is o n adoption, foster care or global orphan initiatives this is  one day for the Church to stand with one voice for one cause - the orphan!  Join the 1000' s of churches of every denomination in every state and in 80+ nations around the world as we stand together on Nov. 12th!

 
Parenting training specifically helpful for
adoptive and foster parents.


Parent Participant Testimonial #1

"I was able to participate in the Empowered to Connect class last Fall. The class was great for so many reasons. The lessons each week were very specific with strategies I could use right away to help my kids and myself. My house became a different place. We found a peaceful way to work through the issues we had to deal with. I also came away with more of an understanding of how my kids needed me to help them through the tantrums and the behavior I was seeing. We became closer to each other as I viewed behavior in a much different way. The other unexpected benefit was being with other foster parents. Hearing their stories and their frustrations didn't make me feel so alone. They were experiencing a lot of the same things I was and we were trying to become better together. Although 9 weeks sounds like a big commitment it was well worth my time both in class and the time doing our homework."
Foster Parent - Carrie duBois

Parent Participant Testimonial #2

"Take the Empowered to Connect classes! If you are parenting foster or adopted children, this program is for you! It is not the average advice we have all heard. The class addresses the challenges that we face coaching these beautiful children and how to change to be more effective. The class also dives into our own parenting techniques and how they may be something we need to change. Each class goes by fast and will leave you wanting to learn more and stay longer! It is time very well spent! "
Foster & Adoptive Parents - Marcia and Ken Andersen

To attend an ETC Parent Training course or bring this valuable training to your church email Sandra Flach at sandraflachjfo@gmail.com.
 
Christian Music Festival in the Adirondack Mountains!
Join us June 23-24, 2017 in Upstate New York

Justice for Orphans will have a table to promote this Orphan Ministry to Christian 
families at this two day event. They are expecting 4,000-6,000 people at this event over the 2 days.  It's a Christian event, family focused and local.  The booths are open  10am - 11pm  both days of the event.     LEARN MORE
 
A Message From Our Treasurer, Sue Roseberger . . .
Hope, Nathan and Rose Roseberger

My life since accepting Jesus' call has been filled with miracles. One of the greatest was the day my husband and I got a call from Albany County Child & Family Services informing us they had a pre-adoptive 6 month old girl named Hope. Did we want her? Yes! A thousand times yes. After being married 8 years and praying fervently for a family, God chose this way to bless us. Then two years later, we added Hope's 3 month old brother to our home, then came sister Rose, straight from the hospital. God answered the deep desire of my heart, not just to be a Mom, but to finally love and nurture a baby from the very start of their earthly habitation.

The wonderful thing about all this was that, we do not walk this journey alone. The church, and not just our home church, heard the call to come around and love on us. They sent meals, provided furniture, clothing, babysitting, advise, instruction and prayer. We could not have done this alone. We didn't ask; they just instinctively did it.

I met Sandra Flach, early in this journey and saw her heart for not just her adoptive family, but all orphans here in the US and globally. I have supported JFO since it's inception, so last April 2016, when she asked if I knew anyone
with bookkeeping experience with non-profits, I said," I do, and it's me!" I have been the bookkeeper for my home church for nearly seven years and have been blessed to join the Board of Justice For Orphans as the treasurer.
My husband and I took the "Empowered to Connect" training course this past winter and have learned wonderful ways to understand and enrich the lives of our children. Foster care and adoption is certainly hard work; that is why the Body of Christ MUST get involved. It doesn't take a village to raise a child, it takes a church.