Final morning session kicks off at Saddleback church – here’s a live blog.
The biggest predictor of homelessness in the USA is a young person who “ages out” of the foster system without family.
Now Family radio takes over the stage and we do a live recording that will be broadcast later:
Listening to Che A female FBI Analyst speaks at the Orphan Summit who entered the foster care system during he senior year of high school after her dad became an alcoholic and become abusive. She found friends who had workaholic parents and who didn’t notice that they had an extra house guest for a week or so. In the end the church took care of her and found her a way out of the abusive / nomadic system.
Foster kids don’t ask for help – you just need to see it and do it.
Che’s church decided to get involved with her life and got stuck into social services to work out how they could help. Che’s 7th grade Sunday school teacher stepped up and became her foster carer. When Che was getting married – there was no one to giver her away. So when the pastor asked “who is it that gives this woman away” Che’s entire church stood up and said “We do.”
Now hearing from another lady who was taken into care aged 12. But her Christian foster family let her down. They continually pointed her out as her foster daughter – she would be introduced not by her first name but as their foster daughter. They would
At 16 she was up for adoption – lots of people were really negative to her “why would anyone want you? Wouldn’t it be better to ‘age out’ of the foster system and you will have more financial assistance for college.” But she really wanted a forever family. She created a life book and her caseworker told her that a family were so impressed with your book that they made you a family book. When she opened the front page of the book it was her Department of Children Services manager and his family. She was 17 at the time and the family really wrapped around me and from the beginning she felt like she had come home.
Both women are asked to imagine that their foster mum or their adoptive father was there and to express what they mean to them. The women look nervous about this, and then the interviewer announces that they have a surprise for them and the foster mum and the adoptive dad – walk on to the stage. Its a very moving moment and both girls break down “We are professionals we never cry” they say. Che says to her
I feel loved because you loved me.
Dr Sharon Ford – State of Colarado Chldren Services
Susan Jacobs – special advisor for international children services – US Department of State
Honourable Inyumba Aloisea Rwandan minister of gender and family promotions
Rick Warren is chairing.
Rick explains that he was speaking 4 years ago at the Davos economic summit.
There are three sectors – public, private and faith sector.
The three legs of the stool bring stability – each of the sectors are needed.
Just like in a football game – you sometimes need to take out a big player by a team tackle.
The Orphan crisis is so big we need to team tackle it.
500 000 orphans were scattered across Rwanda after the 100 days that saw 1000 000 people massacred.
Immediately in 1994 there were 104 orphanages started and then a national education and recruitment process
They have no closed 70 orphanages because the children are adopted by many many Christians from the churches. People came and asked to the ministry and asked for a child – and they didn’t ask if the child was hutu to tutsi they just wanted a child.
There are 34 orphanages still running – but we want to encourage domestic adoption. There are now roughly 3000 orphans left (from 500 000).
Rick explains that he serves on the president of rwanda’s advisory panel and that Rwanda wants to be the first country in the world where there are no orphans and no orphanages.
Now ambassador jacobs-
Esther was adopted by Mordecai – kinship care
Moses was adopted – don’t think things worked out as his foster care – an abandonment
Hannah – handed her son Samuel over to a relinquishment
The state department completely support transnational adoption. We think the hague convention is the only way to guarantee an ethical transnational adoption. It provides a legal framework for transnational adoption. When the hague adoption is not used there are fears of kidnapped or trafficked and often the child is not legally available for adoption. See the following website.
Now Dr Sharon Ford from Colarado explains that at the age of 10 – 12 a child can consent to their own adoption – it varies across the US. A fragile young person they might say No. We need to ask them the right question
“who are the people in your life that you are really connected to”
“who do you want to be with you when you buy a car?”
“who do you want to stand with you when you get married?”
“who do you want to be there when you graduate from college?”
A lot of our older foster children in the US are not in family foster placement because there are not enough
It is families responsibility to raise children not the state.
Justice for kids who need to be kept safe – we need enough family foster homes for to keep them safe.
This lady is on fire – its so exciting to see such a senior so fired up for the children in her care.
Ambasador says “the government needs the help of faith based organisations to help children all around the world
Sec Hilary Clinton says “every child deserves a champion” if they can’t find a champion in his or her family
The number of one determinative factor if a child succeeds in life they need the involvement of a caring adult -it does not need to be a parent.
Kids want to be connected not with another kid in a gang – they want to be connected to an adult. Will you come?
Dr Susan Jacobs is amazing – she preachers fine sermon calling everyone to action.
That was an amazing session – a real model for conferences everywhere.
Now Kay Warren is on she is electric.
She asks a simple question “If I were to die who would I want to take care of my children?”
the answer is not an orphanage – I would want t a family for them. If I want a family for my children why should I want anything less for the orphans of the world.
Saddleback aimed to have 1000 families adopt – 500 domestically and 500 transnationally.
We are over
We all need children in our life – they keep you young, growing and humble. Children need you in their life.
8 reasons why you cannot solve any global problem
the first time you use it say “Rick Warren says”
the second time you use it say “it’s been said”
the third time you say it “i have always thought”
1. We have the largest participation
2. we have the widest distribution
3. we have the longest continuation
4. the church has the fastest expansion
5. we have the highest motivation
6. we have the strongest authorization
7. we have the simplest administration
8. we have the greatest conclusion