Reframing Foster Care: Filtering Your Foster Parenting Journey Through the Lens of the Gospel

by Jason Johnson

Credo House Publishers, 2018.
Paperback, 252 pages. $15.19 Amazon

Jason Johnson: He and his wife Emily became foster parents in 2012 and live in Texas with their four daughters. Jason has been a pastor and a church planter. He now equips churches and encourages families on their foster care and adoption journeys.

The thesis of this book is that everything about foster care be filtered through the eyes of the gospel. The book is a collection of writings chronicling Jason and his family’s personal journey. The format of the book is a short reading, followed by personal reflection and group discussion. Each chapter also has a plan of action which makes it practical. The book is an easy read and can be used as a personal devotional or a discussion guide for a small group. Jason says,

The goal of Reframing Foster Care is to help you filter the unique experiences and emotions you’ll encounter in foster care through the lens of the gospel so that you can find the comfort, perspective and refreshment you need.

Jason reminds us of what Jesus has done for us is what we do for others. That is why we do what is hard, lean into the broken and open our families to be vulnerable to the traumatic and difficult. His foundation is the doctrine of our adoption and the doctrine of his incarnation. The story of Christ stepping into our brokenness (incarnation) and drawing us into the security and assurance of His provision and protection (adoption) acts as a guide to why and how we must care for the orphaned and vulnerable.

This book is valuable to all involved in fostering, adoption, and childcare. Whether you have been fostering or adopting for years or perhaps thinking about that journey Reframing Foster Care will be helpful. I recommend this book for those associated with Network 1:27. Johnson’s book will be a great resource, a means of encouragement, and one you will want to read more than once.