Fostering in Faith: Elijah
March 2020 · Fostering in Faith
Elijah, 11, has both an artist’s soul and talent. He loves nothing more than to draw and to express himself creatively. He wants to be an artist when he grows up.
Due to some developmental issues, Elijah sometimes has difficulty relating to peers and with demonstrating age-appropriate social skills. Although he likes school, he struggles with doing his homework, since he’d nearly always rather be drawing than focusing on the task at hand.
Elijah has siblings placed in other foster homes, but he gets to visit them once a month. He also enjoys regular visits with a great-aunt and great-grandmother. If adopted, he would like to maintain these connections.
Elijah has not expressed a specific preference, but like any child, he simply wants a mother and father, pets, and a loving home. He bonds well with people who care for him and appreciate his creativity. He would do best with one or two parents who can work cooperatively with mental health and school staff to ensure his needs are met and that he has opportunities to flourish.
Please pray that Elijah finds a family to love him unconditionally and give him the support and understanding he needs to heal and find his place in the world.
Almighty God, you gave your only Son into the care of a human family:
Please open the hearts of your people to all children in foster care, especially Elijah; send parents to love them, communities to guide them, and your Holy Spirit to nurture them into the people you want them to be. This we ask through your son,
Jesus Christ. Amen