Nine-year-old helps family respond to foster care calling

Michelle Castano said that she and her husband, Octavio, feel called by God to a ministry of foster care. They want to share their love with children who don’t have homes, or parents who can give them the care they need. And though they’re nearing completion of foster care training, the Castanos want to wait until they’re settled into their new house and fully prepared to bring a foster child into their lives.

In the meantime, their 9-year-old daughter Jocelynn came up with another great way to help foster children.

Jocelynn chose to follow her heart. She invited 10 children to her party, and asked each guest to bring personal items for donation.They also worked together to make fleece blankets for foster children in Sunrise’s care, in response to a call they’d seen in The Messenger for donated items. Together, they collected 435 diapers, 1,920 wipes, and made 18 blankets on behalf of foster children.

Michelle said that things went so well they don’t want to wait for another birthday.

“There’s no reason that we, as a family, couldn’t do an open house as a venue for giving, inviting people from church and others we know,” she said. “We feel like God is calling on us to do more for foster care, and this has turned out to be a great way to do it.”



Written by Chris Jones, Sunrise Associate Director of Communications.


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