Weekly eBlast
May 24, 2013

National Foster Care Month Core Messages 



THE MAGNITUDEAbout 382,400 children under 18 in the United States currently are in foster care because their own families are in crisis and unable to provide for their essential well-being. Many children in foster care are unable to return home safely because their parents lack access to services that could help strengthen the family. In addition, there are millions of foster care alumni in the U.S. who represent all walks of life.


THE NEEDNo matter their age, all children in foster care need a meaningful connection to at least one caring adult who becomes a supportive and lasting presence in their lives. Without families or stable relationships, too many of these formerly neglected and/or abused children and teens will end up facing life's challenges all alone.


THE FACES OF FOSTER CAREChild welfare issues arise in families of every race, ethnicity, culture and age group. A disproportionate percentage of children in foster care are children of color, particularly African American and American Indian. In addition, children of color in the child welfare system experience worse outcomes.


THE CONSEQUENCESResearch shows that young people who age out of foster care are far more likely than their peers in the general population to endure homelessness, poverty, compromised mental and physical health, insufficient education, unemployment, incarceration, and early pregnancy and parenthood.


THE PRIORITYOlder youth are in most urgent need of attention. Nearly half of the young people in foster care are older than age 10. For many years, the number of young people aging out of foster care has increased. That number currently is about 26,200 each year. These young people exit foster care without the appropriate family connections, resources, mentorship, employment, skills or options they need to live independently.


THE SOLUTIONChildren and youth in foster care are capable of overcoming the repercussions of previous neglect and/or abuse. Across the country, people just like you are raising their voices and engaging in efforts to educate federal and state public policy leaders on the issues facing children and families. Supporting children and families is a bi-partisan issue and should be a priority for all policymakers. Throughout the nation, everyday people are serving as foster parents, relative caregivers, mentors, advocates, social workers and volunteers. Thanks to these unsung heroes, many formerly abused or neglected children and teens will either reunite safely with their parents, be cared for by relatives, or be adopted by loving families. Many children would not have to enter foster care at all if more states provided support and services to help families cope with crises early on.


THE CALL TO ACTIONMany communities are urgently seeking more everyday people to come forward to help these young people realize their full potential. To find out more about the many ways you can get involved and make a lasting difference for America's children, visit: www.harvestofhopefamily.com or call 732-247-1270. 


Haitian Heritage Day
hosted by the Haitian Ministry


NEW DATE: The Haitian Ministry Heritage Day Celebration has been postponed until Sunday, June 30, 2013. Look for details in the coming weeks.
Academic Excellence Announcements
  • We are accepting report cards from now until Sunday, May 26. Stop by the Welcome Center and place a copy of the report card and any accolades in the clear box on the credenza. No originals, please! If your child makes our honor roll, we'll announce the good news in June. If your child needs help, we are still taking applications and matching tutors with students. We want to see all report cards so we can help everyone achieve Academic Excellence. 
Lemonade Challenge
hosted by the Entrepreneurship Ministry

Attention all parents of first grade students to high school seniors! Two events are being planned to giveyouth the opportunity to learn the basics of business ownership and earn money. Classes start in May. Contact Barbara A. Fuller at (732) 435-1299 or bfuller@focusonyounow.com for more information. 
Market Fair
hosted by the Scholarship Ministry

Saturday, June 1

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

First Baptist Church parking lot 


Vendors please contact Linda Starks at (732) 296-0073 or linda.starks10@yahoo.com or Phyllis Reddick at (732) 828-8427 or reddickpa@aol.com. The vendor donation is $25 per space. 

Refreshments will be on sale. Rain date is June 8. 

hosted by the Pastoral Care and Counseling Ministry




ConnectCare Alzheimer's Support Group presents a workshop on

Alzheimer's and dementia, conducted by Dale L. Ofei-Ayisi a licensed

Clinical Social Worker. 


Dale will help us understand memory loss, explain symptoms

of Alzheimer's and identify treatments and services available to

help you and your loved ones. 


The workshop will be held on:

Saturday, June 1

 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, Seminar Room

CLICK HERE to register online or Call Deacon Bill Campbell at 732-839-2411.

Faith in Action Central (FIAC)

Are you ready to work?  Is the Lord of the Harvest bidding you to come? 
Come to the Faith in Action Central (FIAC) 
"Sign to Serve" 
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Church members will be able to sign to serve on ANY ministry in the church 
Additional information to follow

A Civil Rights Tour
hosted by the Senior Fellowship Ministry

8 Days / 7 Nights

Birmingham & Montgomery, Alabama

Atlanta, Georgia


September 13-20, 2013

Departing from First Baptist Church


Trip Includes:

*7 Nights Deluxe Accommodations

 2 Nights Stop Over Accommodations: 2 Nights in Birmingham, AL

2 Nights in Montgomery, AL; 1 Night in Atlanta, GA

*7 Fabulous Breakfasts (5 HOT BREAKFASTS in Alabama and Georgia)

*5 Full Dinners (1 Dinner & Entertainment at Medieval Times in Atlanta, GA)

*Guided Tour of the 16th Street Baptist Church

*All Taxes, Meal Gratuities, Admission Fee's, Luggage Handling Included

*Free Time to Explore & Sightseeing on own


Single Occupancy $1085 per person / Double Occupancy $775  per person

Please Contact:   (732) 828-1190  or (732) 985-3338


The Faith in Action Bookstore has new arrivals weekly for your May shopping. We specialize in Bibles, gifts, books, music, sermon CDs, and all-occasion cards.

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DeForest B. Soaries, Jr., Senior Pastor
Donna Soaries, First Lady