Right now across the U.S. there are 442,000 children living in the U.S. foster care system. Nearly a third of them are eligible for adoption.

As Proverbs 24:12 reads: “Once our eyes are opened, we can’t pretend we don’t know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know and holds us responsible to act.”

And that’s exactly what led Brandlayn Musial from a career in marine biology to one of advocacy for vulnerable children.

She works with The Salvation Army and beyond to understand the factors that result in family breakdown, the needs of hurting kids and families and how the Church can effectively live out the Scriptural call to look after orphans as found in James 1:27.

As a trained practitioner in helping communities better understand and navigate the impacts of childhood trauma, she works with churches on becoming agents of change and places of healing for children and foster and adoptive families.

Based in British Columbia, Brandalyn also serves as the OrphanSunday and Stand Sunday Coordinator for Canada, helping connect churches with the resources to bring awareness and education to their own church family.

In this episode, she shares more about our responsibility to care for vulnerable children and what exactly we can do.

Good words from Brandalyn Musial in this show:

  • “I think I had always known that children who don’t have parents have a rough time.”
  • “So, now that you know, now what? I kind of just couldn’t go back to living my life blissfully unaware.”
  • “Caring for the fatherless reflects the very heart of who God is.”
  • “It can’t happen without us. The role of the church, I think, is pivotal. The role of the church is truly intentional engagement.”

More information about this podcast can be found at caringmagazine.org