The Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program was launched at Christian City in 2018 with the purpose of serving more children in our community. There are currently 15,000 children in foster care in the state of Georgia alone, and unfortunately, that number continues to rise.

Many children bounce from placement to placement and some never find a forever home. While adoption is not an option for every child, the Crossroads program creates an avenue for foster parents to adopt the children in their care when possible.

The Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program at Christian City is designed to find and equip wonderful families for children in need of a loving home. Each family is given specialized care and attention to ensure adequate training and support. Permanency is the ultimate goal for each child through either reunification with the child’s birth family or adoption.

Crossroads provides foster care, foster-to-adoption, and adoption services for children in state custody. Crossroads can also serve children through private-placement foster care.

If you are interested in exploring whether foster care is right for you, download this self-assessment questionnaire. To apply to be a foster caregiver or adoptive parent, contact Michaela Guthrie at mguthrie@christiancity.org.

If you would like more information on the Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program please feel free to contact mguthrie@christiancity.org

Wondering what it means to be a foster parent? Schedule a consultation session to determine if fostering is right for you and your family. You can help change these Georgia statistics: Approximately 15,000 children in foster care; 200 incidents of child abuse and neglect reported daily; 113 children died from abuse and neglect in 2015. Nationwide, an estimated 4 children die every day from child abuse and neglect – 70% are under the age of three. If you are interested in exploring whether foster care is right for you, download this self-assessment questionnaire or contact Michaela Guthrie at mguthrie@christiancity.org to schedule a consultation session.

Respite families provide our foster families time to refresh. A respite family can care for a child(ren) for a date night, the weekend, or a school break, depending on the needs of the foster family and child(ren). Respite families can influence the life of a child in numerous ways. https://christiancity.org/crossroads/

Thinking about adding to your heart and home through adoption? Contact us for info and learn more about adopting a child who is in state custody. Many children in foster care never find a forever home. You can change that by adopting a child.

  • 24/7 on-call support
  • Dedicated cottage for crisis intervention
  • Free access to thrift store for clothing & goods
  • Pantry full of toiletry items, toys, etc.
  • Assistance with transportation, when feasible
  • Assessment and fulfillment of child’s physical, social, emotional, educational/vocational, nutritional, spiritual/cultural, and permanency needs
  • Recommendations and referrals for community resources
  • Transitional living opportunities
  • Pre-approval training and annual training
  • Performance of home studies
  • Development of support and training plans
  • Consultation sessions
  • Quarterly events
  • Respite opportunities

The Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program is in need of volunteers in the following areas:

  • Tutoring – Those interested in helping children reach their educational goals, i.e. retired/current teachers, college students, etc.
  • Respite families provide our foster families time to relax, either for the weekend, a date night, or a school break.
  • Help with events planned for our foster and adoptive families throughout the year.
  • Clerical opportunities.
  • Help us during Foster Care Awareness Month in May.
  • Help us during Adoption Awareness Month in November.
  • Share information about the Crossroads program with your church

Click here to see how you can make an impact on the Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program by making a financial donation.

In-kind donations of items listed below are also appreciated:

  • Unexpired car seats
  • TV for training use – wall-mount, 24 to 39-inch
  • First Aid Kits/Supplies
  • Toiletries, health & hygiene products
  • Gift Cards (Walmart, Target, etc.)
  • New toys/books for all ages
  • Baby products (pacifiers, formula, diapers, wipes, etc)
  • Food items
  • Household cleaning supplies
  • Scrapbooking supplies
  • Tickets to child-friendly events, museums, or amusement parks

To hear about specific items needed by our foster families, please contact Michaela Guthrie at mguthrie@christiancity.org or 770-336-6566.

Items currently needed to help our foster/adoptive families:

New clothing/shoes for all ages/sizes, including socks, underwear, and jackets

  • First Aid Kits/Supplies
  • Toiletries, health & hygiene products
  • Gift Cards (Walmart, Target, etc.)
  • New toys/books for all ages
  • Baby products (pacifiers, formula, diapers, wipes, etc)
  • Food items
  • Household cleaning supplies
  • Scrapbooking supplies
  • Tickets to child-friendly events, museums, or amusement parks

Do you know of a child that may need our help? To refer a child to The Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program please email mguthrie@christiancity.org

  • What are the steps to becoming a foster or adoptive parent?
    • Complete an orientation session
    • Various training including CPR/First Aid and IMPACT FCP
    • An approved home study
    • Various background checks
    • Medical Evaluation
  • How will I know what type of child will be placed with me?
    • You will be able to share with our agency your placement preferences, including requests related to age range, gender identity, number of children, etc.
  • Who are the children in most need of a home?
    • Teenagers
    • Sibling groups
    • Children with medical needs
  • Why should I become a foster parent?
    • On any given day, there are nearly 438,000 children in foster care in the United States, and over 15,000 currently in state of Georgia. Unfortunately, there are not enough foster parents to provide a loving home to each child. Foster parents can help a child by providing safety, stability, and love.

Fostering Dreams – Sarah Jane Booth and Michaela Guthrie, Program Executives Interview, on Fayette Woman Live!

For more information about Crossroads, please contact Michaela Guthrie or fill out the form below!

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Michaela Guthrie

Program Executive, Crossroads Foster Care and Adoption Program
mguthrie@christiancity.org
770-336-6566
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“As a former foster youth, I am so excited to help build up wonderful families for other children in need of a loving home!”

– Michaela Guthrie

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