Are you a foster parent? God calls us to care for the widows and orphans. Find encouragement from 30 Bible verses about foster care.
Though Scripture does not implicitly mention the term foster care, it does speak clearly to God’s heart in regard to loving and taking care of children who have been orphaned and are fatherless.
We see God’s call to live justly, and to defend those who cannot defend themselves, and who are more vulnerable than children who have been orphaned, and who are in the foster system.
The beautiful thing about the hope and love that we can share with those who are in foster care, is that the Lord will receive them, and welcome them, even if their earthly parents forsake them.
He is a Father to the fatherless, and we can share that good news with them.
Use these Scriptures on fostering to see what God’s Word has to say about the topic.
30 Bible Verses About Foster Care
1. James 1:27 – Look After Orphans and Widows in Their Distress
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
2. Psalm 27:10 – The Lord Will Receive Me
Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.
3. Psalm 82:3-4 – Defend the Weak and the Fatherless
Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
4. Mark 9:36-37 – Whoever Welcomes One of These Little Children Welcomes Him
He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”
5. Psalm 72:4 – May He Save the Children Of the Needy
May he defend the afflicted among the people and save the children of the needy; may he crush the oppressor.
6. John 13:34 – Love One Another As He Has Loved You
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
7. Mark 10:14 – Do Not Hinder Them
When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
8. Psalm 10:14 – He Is the Helper Of the Fatherless
But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.
9. Proverbs 31:8-9 – Speak Up For Those Who Cannot Speak For Themselves
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.
10. Psalm 107:41 – He Lifted the Needy Out Of Their Affliction
But he lifted the needy out of their affliction and increased their families like flocks.
11. Exodus 2:1-10 – The Birth of Moses
Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months.
But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.
Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.
Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?”
“Yes, go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him.
When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses,[b] saying, “I drew him out of the water.”
12. Psalm 68:5-6 – A Father To the Fatherless
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.
13. Psalm 146:9 – He Sustains the Fatherless
The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
14. Isaiah 1:17 – Take Up the Cause Of the Fatherless
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.
15. Romans 8:15 – The Spirit You Received Brought About Your Adoption To Sonship
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
16. Ephesians 1:4-5 – He Predestined Us For Adoption
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.
17. Proverbs 23:10-11 – He Is the Defender Of the Fatherless
Do not move an ancient boundary stone or encroach on the fields of the fatherless, for their Defender is strong; he will take up their case against you.
18. Deuteronomy 27:19 – Do Not Withhold Justice From the Fatherless
Cursed is anyone who withholds justice from the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow.
19. Zechariah 7:9-10 – Do Not Oppress the Widow Or Fatherless
This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’
20. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 – Be Generous
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
21. Matthew 25:35-40 – Whatever You Do For Them You Did For Him
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?
When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
22. Proverbs 31:20 – She Opens Her Arms to The Poor and Needy
She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
23. Psalm 72:13-14 – He Will Take Pity On the Weak and the Needy
He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death. He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight.
24. 2 Corinthians 12:9 – His Grace Is Sufficient
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
25. 1 Peter 4:11 – Serve With the Strength God Provides
If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
26. Matthew 11:28-30 – He Will Give Rest To the Burdened
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
27. Jeremiah 22:3 – Do Not Wrong the Fatherless
This is what the Lord says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.
28. James 2:14-17 – Faith Must Be Accompanied By Action
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.
If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
29. Proverbs 19:17 – Whoever Is Kind To the Poor Lends To the Lord
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.
30. Deuteronomy 10:18-19 – He Defends the Cause of the Fatherless and the Widow
He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.