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“At Central some of us are going to bring children into our homes, the rest of us are
going to find ways to support them.”—Jason Johnson, CAFO
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Safe Families for Children provides much needed support for parents in crisis, giving them time
to get back on their feet while their children are cared for in a safe and loving environment.
Are you in NEED of this support?
*We host children of at-risk families in approved volunteer homes for an average of 6 weeks with volunteer support. (meals, diapers, etc.)
*We provide families in crisis with a support network. Our volunteers provide needed resources and services (mentoring, helping secure employment, etc.)
Are you ready to BE a part of this support?
*We engage faith communities to recruit support volunteers and reach out to Families in need.
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Are you interested in sharing your story on our website of how God has brought you to
the place of foster care, adopting, or being a safe family for children?. We would love
to hear from you! This is such an encouragement for others who are going through the
process and even those already through it.
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Our story begins in July 2003 when my best friends son was born 3 days...read more
It was four days before Thanksgiving 2011 when Wibke called me at work...read more
I thought about adopting for many years, but God continued to bless us...read more
Adoption is something that God laid on our hearts shortly after our firstborn son died in February 2008....read more
I had a desire to adopt since I was a child, but wasn’t sure what that looked like...read more
Adoption is something that God laid on our hearts shortly after our firstborn son died in February
2008. He was born 4 months prematurely and went to be with Jesus shortly after birth. His life and
death opened our eyes and hearts to so many things, including the fact that we should live life to
the fullest, not taking anything for granted. One of the ways we wanted to do this was to pour our
lives and love into the children we were blessed to adopt.
Adoption changed our lives when we welcomed our son into our home in May of 2009. His presence in our home has brought so much joy and love into our hearts! In April 2011 our prayers were answered once again when we were blessed by the adoption of another son. He has such a passion for life, our family just wouldn't be the same without him! We are so grateful to for the way God chose to knit our family together!
I had a desire to adopt since I was a child, but wasn’t sure what that looked like. After the birth
of our daughter the doctors recommended for me not to get pregnant again. The risks were too high.
Knowing we wanted a big family we began looking at other options to grow our family. Little did we
know how much God would work on our hearts during this time. We began the foster care process eager
to adopt. One of our first cases lasted a year and then reunification happened. We were devastated,
and unexpectedly pregnant. Scared with health concerns for our unborn baby and myself we took a year
off. Thankfully we had a healthy baby girl, but our hearts were still drawn to foster care.
We opened our home back up, but God was changing our hearts towards foster care. He was showing us a much bigger picture. A picture of brokenness that needed a savior. That savior was not us. We began to see foster care as more than the child that entered our home, but families that needed healing. We began to pray for biological parents and build bridges for them to safely be involved in their child’s life. We saw several children safely return home. We no longer saw foster care as a means of adoption, but as a bridge and a time for families to get healing. In 2019, we got the call for a short term placement of a newborn baby boy. We said yes, and fell in love with this sweet babe. Short term turned into long term and even a sibling placement. After 9 months in our care, bio parents signed off on both children. Instead of rejoicing I cried. I cried for the heart break of the parents, I cried for the loss my foster babies were going to experience, and I cried for so much brokenness.
After two years in foster care we adopted our two youngest. Not a day goes by that I don’t thank the Lord for the privilege of being their mama. They are a constant reminder of how much we need Jesus. We pray for bio parents and stay in contact hoping that they get healing from the ultimate healer.
Our hearts and home are still open to what foster care looks like for our family of 7. God’s plan is always better!
Our story begins in July 2003 when my best friends son was born 3 days before our first daughter.
His biological dad was contesting their adoption and he had to go into foster care for 2 weeks. That
experience was our first introduction to foster care and we said, "We could be that safe place for a
little one someday." Our daughters grew up with us telling them that one day they would have a
little brother or sister who we would foster and then adopt.
Because God's timing is not always our timing our story fast forwards to 2013 and the first time I traveled to South Africa with a local organization to work with high risk teens. God used my three trips to SA to break mine and Chad's hearts for teens from hard places.
These two life events have shaped who we are as a family today! In March 2017 we adopted our then 15 year old daughter and today we foster newborns. God does fulfill the desires of our heart in His timing. Today we are a family on mission sharing the hope and life of Jesus with each child, their caseworker, and sometimes their families, who we welcome into our home.
We are the VanKlompenberg's.
Our journey toward adoption started with the planting of the seed when I was a child. As a teen, I
knew that if God allowed, I would adopt someday. When Michael and I married, we talked about
adoption knowing that both of us would clearly need to feel God’s call. Eighteen years later,
Michael tentatively felt like God was leading in that direction. However, it wasn’t until two years
later that God clearly placed the call of adopting a child on both our hearts, with the urgency of
Having heard the story of the children from Florida needing homes, we prayed asking God if this was who He had in mind for us. Neither of us heard clearly, yes or no. We just knew to move forward with the training and licensing process. As each of the children from Florida found homes, we struggled with whom God was leading to us. Michael was very specific about the qualities he thought would fit with our family and who God would bring into our home. God had changed my heart and made me willing to open our home to an older child.
With full knowledge that it might take a long time, we searched the MARE website daily for at least two years. Around the beginning of April 2017, we received an email asking if we were still interested in a girl of whom we had inquired back in February. We said yes, and very quickly moved forward through the full disclosure of information, meeting her for the first time in May, meeting our other children, her visitation of our home, on to moving in with us in late June. It was obvious that God’s hand was directing this.
It always feels like God waits until the last minute. We had almost given up. Our license was due to expire the week that we heard about our daughter being available. Prior to that we had told God, that we couldn’t do it anymore- the searching, the waiting. We were not going to renew the license. But God had other plans.
In opening our home and hearts to someone new, the home that we once knew, the expectations, the sense of tranquility and sanctuary our home once was, no longer felt that way. There was tension in not knowing how to communicate and what to expect from each other. It took effort, and work to build experiences as a new family. It took being uncomfortable, and strained, to see how God would mold us into a real family of God’s design. It has been two and a half years since the adoption was finalized. In that time, we’ve seen God’s redemptive work in our lives knitting us together, building a common context and growing us in His love. I once thought adoption was solely about rescuing a child. I now see adoption as one more way that God is sanctifying us as parents, and as a family of Christ followers.
I thought about adopting for many years, but God continued to bless us with biological children and
our hands and hearts were full. When our youngest was about 5 I began to explore fostering newborn
babies short-term between hospital and adoptive homes. Pursuing this led to a dead end. There
weren’t classes available at the right time, too far to go, not affiliated with a particular church,
etc. I said I could never foster children and watch them return to their biological homes. That
would be too hard! So I didn’t pursue that avenue of foster care.
When we moved from Dallas to San Antonio, I spoke with a woman in Hobby Lobby who was fostering through Baptist Child and Family Services and something stirred in me. She encouraged me to call them. I spoke to my husband, thinking he would not have the time or desire to go through classes, but he said, “Sure, I can do that.” Three months later, we were “licensed” and had our first two foster boys. They stole our hearts! Yes, when they left, our hearts felt like a part had been ripped out and gone with them, but we tried to focus on the ministry God had given to us for these children: to love, care, pray over and teach about God while in our home. We fostered for five years, all boys, until our last foster child. Sarah, at 4 months old, arrived at our home on a rainy night. We immediately fell in love with her. As it turned out, her biological mom’s parental rights were terminated (an emotional roller coaster ride for us) and we were able to adopt her when she was 2 ½ years old. Although, we did not start out with the plan to foster to adopt, God blessed our family by adding our youngest child through this avenue.
We have kept in touch with one of our first foster boys who lived with us from age 2 to 4. He is now 11. I pray that God will work in his life to bring him to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. And just maybe, it will be in part due to our prayers and the seeds we have planted in his heart.
It was four days before Thanksgiving 2011 when Wibke called me at work: “Are you ok if we take in
three kids for a week while the mom waits for a new apartment? They are homeless.” We’d taken in
people before in both London and Hamburg, Germany and doing so in Tampa was nothing new. What was
new was the desperate situation of these children, not to mention the siblings who entered other
What should have been a week turned into a few months involving mom, CPS, government agencies and various ministries throughout the city. Through that period Christians from a number of churches ministered to the children, tried to help mom, and worked with the system to give mom every chance of creating a safe and healthy home for her children.
The next few years saw the children restored to mom, returned to us, restored to mom, and then returned to us once more. The faith community in Tampa organized birthday parties, sourced Christmas gifts and celebrated the uniqueness of each of the children. Our earnest desire was that this family make it. As time progressed and mom stalled on working the case plan, it became obvious that this was a hope that was going to be dashed.
In that process Wibke and I sensed the Lord leading us away from our church in Tampa. The months that followed were terribly difficult emotionally. In leaving Tampa we were leaving behind children and foster families who’d been a major part of our lives for nearly three years. We wrestled and struggled but in July 2014 we moved from Tampa to Holland to take up ministry at Central Wesleyan Church. Throughout the settling in process we wondered what purpose the Lord had in bringing these children into our lives. We knew that this was part and parcel of the foster case experience, of course, yet as true as that was we sensed it wasn’t the end of the story. Mom was abrogating her responsibility and the future looked bleak…
The move to Holland went smoothly and some of the children received permission to visit us that winter, experiencing their first snow. During that visit it became increasingly clear that mom’s rights would be terminated and that nine children would be placed for adoption. Wibke began discussing the situation with the Tampa foster families. Finding homes for children from under one year old to nearly seventeen would not be easy. Each of the families committed to pray and the Lord laid it upon Wibke’s hear to see whether families in Holland would be willing to adopt the children.
God moved on the hearts of a number of families and March 2016 saw the first wave of children move to Holland permanently. It was an interstate foster process which wasn’t the easiest to organize but we made it. Finally on April 4, 2017 in a crowded courtroom in Tampa, Judge Warrd finalized the adoption of Anmerose and Jayden. Our family of six now became a family of eight. A journey that began unexpectedly in November 2011 in Tampa ended with nine children finding forever families in a completely unexpected way.
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