Living Word Family Church in Wake Forest is hosting a field day event in honor of children who are in the foster care system and looking for forever homes.
The church is partnering with Mercy for America’s Children, an advocacy group for children who are waiting to be adopted. Pam and Trent Taylor founded the Wake Forest-based nonprofit in 2011 after they adopted two young boys who had been in foster care for years.
The name of the organization was crafted with care.
“It is actually named after my two sons who we adopted through the foster care system at the ages of seven and nine,” Pam Taylor said. “Both boys chose to change their entire names upon adoption and selected McLeod as their middle name. McLeod is my husband’s middle name as well. He is called ‘Mac’ for short. We attempted to come up with a name that would utilize those letters, Mercy for America’s Children, or M.A.C., in honor of my adopted boys.”
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The group works on behalf of the tens of thousands of children in foster care who are searching for adoptive parents.
“Children in foster care are very often overlooked and forgotten,” Taylor said. “This population of children is often left out when people consider adoption. Most people do not know that it is free to adopt through foster care and there are over 100,000 children awaiting adoption. Unfortunately, every year nearly 24,000 children turn 18 and age out of foster care without a family. We must educate the public about the need and advocate for these children who often do not have a voice.”
The Taylors know how fulfilling it can be to build a family by seeking out children who need parents the most.
“Adoption or fostering can be a challenging road to navigate if proper supports are not put into place,” Taylor said. “When families join our M.A.C. family they are immediately (part of) a culture of unwavering support including specialized trainings, behavioral teams, academic teams, support groups for adults and many supports for the children who are being fostered or adopted.
“This journey can be enjoyable when you are provided with the guidance and support you need.”
Mercy for America’s Children raises money to support its programs through an annual black tie gala, a cycle-a-thon and generous individual donors. The Taylors work tirelessly to connect prospective families because they feel so strongly that growing up in a safe and loving environment is quite possibly the greatest gift adults can ever give children.
The field day event is set for 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at Living Word Family Church, 10520 Star Road in Wake Forest.
Carla Turchetti compiles Faith in Focus each week. Email her with details of upcoming events at firstname.lastname@example.org.