Foster and Adoption Ministry
About Nest Builders
Through our Nest Builders ministry, the Lynn Haven United Methodist Church reaches out to foster and adoptive parents with the goal of surrounding these special families with hands-on love and encouragement.
As a ministry, the ultimate goal of Nest Builders is to provide wrap-around care for families who are caring for children from hard places. Teams of six to eight people will be matched with a foster or adoptive family in need of support. Those team members will provide care and support such as meals, mentoring, clothes donations, and babysitting.
The Foster Closet
The Lynn Haven UMC Foster Closet is a resource to help local families who take in a child on short notice. By quickly providing a few sets of clothing, essential hygiene products and spiritual encouragement, the Foster Closet aims to help meet the basic needs of children while also uplifting the adults who are caring for them.
The Foster Closet serves foster and adoptive families as well as relative caregivers and others who take in children who have been abused or neglected in some way.
Emily, a local adoptive mom, recently received items from the Foster Closet for a newborn baby her family took in on very short notice. Emily shared: "We were unprepared in every way. While we were out of town picking her up, the Foster Closet provided us with some essential items needed for her arrival. We are so grateful for the generosity given to us."
The Foster Closet needs regular donations of NEW items, including clothing (all sizes), blankets, toothbrushes, backpacks, underwear and diapers. Donations can be dropped off at the church office (3203 Minnesota Avenue) or purchased and shipped via the Foster Closet Wish List on Amazon.
Kelley Close (center), her daughter Hannah and Missions Director Katie Fanning work to get the Foster Closet stocked and ready to serve local foster and adoptive families!
"We were unprepared in every way. While we were out of town picking up [a newborn], the Foster Closet provided us with some essential items needed for her arrival. We are so grateful for the generosity given to us."Adoptive Mom, Emily
The Nesting Place Retreat
The Nesting Place Retreat is an event for adoptive and foster moms to be renewed, refreshed and encouraged. The first Nesting Place Retreat was held in 2017.
The 2021 Nesting Place Retreat will be held Friday, Oct. 1 - Saturday, Oct. 2. Pre-registration is required. Please click the link below for more details and to register!
For more information about the Nesting Place Retreat, please contact Katie Fanning at firstname.lastname@example.org.