“Every Child Deserves a Home” – A Program of Foster Care Awareness and Spiritual Adoption

The offices of Youth and Young Adult Ministry and Life, Justice and Advocacy have put together a plan of Spiritual Adoption for foster children seeking an adoptive family. This simple plan raises awareness of the need for foster families and forever homes, while lifting up one particular child in prayer.

Participating parishes can accomplish this in four easy steps:

1. Display the picture of a foster child seeking an adoptive family
2. Pray that this child is adopted.
3. Celebrate when the child is adopted.
4. Begin again with another child in need.

In partnership with the Heart Gallery of Pinellas Pasco and the Heart Gallery of Tampa, we will provide your parish with:

-An enlarged, photo of a child from the Heart Gallery and, if needed, an easel.

-A bio of the child for you to share in the parish bulletin, on social media, or alongside the photo display.

-A picture that families can take home for continued prayer (sample)

-Template of Prayers of the Faithful to be used at Sunday Masses, in Faith formation classrooms, etc. (sample)

-Brief description of the process to be read at Masses. (sample)

For more information, contact Ryan Phelan at rmp@dosp.org or Sabrina Burton Schultz at sab@dosp.org; 727-344-1611.

We would like to thank the following parishes for spiritually adopting a child:

Our Lady of the Rosary – Salina and Terynce
Our Lady Queen of Peace – Ryan
Our Lady of Lourdes – Wylan
St. Catherine of Siena – Isaiah
St. Michael the Archangel, Clearwater – Gabriel
St. Joan of Arc – Manny
St. Jerome – Henry
St. Justin Martyr – Nicolaus
Corpus Christi – Maribela
Blessed Trinity – Chris
St. Peter Claver – Amiliyona
St. Thomas the Apostle – Anna
Tampa Catholic High School – Tommie
St. Mary, Tampa – Drake
St. Joseph, St. Petersburg – James, Navaeh and Siyon

Success stories are continually happening! Ja’Mya was recently matched with an adoptive family. How wonderful will it be to display the picture of the child that your parish “adopted” with the word “MATCHED!” The Diocese would love to share stories of how a parishes’ prayers helped a child find a forever home.