Adoption...Foster Care...Orphan Care

In 2010, Forever Families began as a fundraiser to assist local families in their adoption journey.  Recognizing that 99% of the world's orphans will never be adopted, Forever Families also began supporting orphan-care ministries in Ethiopia, China, Haiti, and Honduras. 

In 2011, Forever Families expanded its scope with an Adoption 101 workshop.  This grew into the annual Adoption Connection event, which now has over 125 participants each year from throughout southeastern Wisconsin!  Forever Families also coordinates adoption support groups, because we recognize that the challenges of adoption don't end when the child comes home to their forever family.   

Since 2010, Forever Families has raised $150,000, and 100% of the proceeds go to support adoption and orphan care.  Forever Families has distributed over 30 adoption grants and is dedicated to supporting families in all stages of the adoption journey, whether they are considering adoption, are currently in the process of adopting, or have adopted children in their home (or out of the home) and are looking for support, camaraderie, and resources.    

Adoption Connection

Adoption Connection is for anyone who is interested in adopting, is in the adoption process, has adopted or foster children in the home, or anyone else who would like to learn about adoption and the unique aspects of parenting adopted children. 

Two New Adoption Connection Events for 2019!

March 3 from 5-8pm (Parents Only)

All new this year - an evening exclusively for parents-only!  Instead of the traditional family potluck, we will have snacks at the beginning and dessert at the end, so if you can arrive earlier and/or stay late, you will have some additional time for connection and sharing.  We are super excited about speakers and breakout options for the event this year, and we are sure you will be excited too!  Here's the schedule:
  • 4:45-5:00 - Mingle time (snacks provided)
  • 5:00- 5:50 - Large-group speakers (including a psychologist with decades of trauma therapy experience and a seasoned trauma mamas)
  • 6:00 - 7:30 - Two rounds of breakout sessions. Topics include:  Trauma-Informed schools; For Dad's Only; Self-Care; Ozaukee County Services Panel; and more still in the works!  
  • 7:30-8:00 - Dessert and mingle time

While the event officially ends at 8:00, the building will remain open for conversations and connections. 

To RSVP to Adoption Connection or if you have questions, please contact the church office at 262-284-2471 or


RSVPs are not required but help speakers know how much to print.  Also, feel free to invite friends!  

There will be NO childcare or children's programming.  Line up your childcare soon, because you don't want to miss this night of connection! 

Coming in June: An All-Family Adoption Connection Event


Tell your kiddos not to worry. An all-family event is planned for June.  Outdoors! At a park! We will have "9 Square In The Air," kickball, a playground, and so much more. The event will include a "snack-luck" (held in the afternoon between meals but everyone can bring munchies).  Parents will be able to mingle and still keep tabs on their own children.  We can't wait for this special day!  An official date has not been set yet, but we will keep you posted.

What people have said about Adoption Connection

  • "Had an amazing time at the Adoption Connection event tonight!  Well worth the drive, lots of new connections and knowledge :)."
  • "Amazing Event!"
  • "This was our first time attending and it was wonderful! What a gem Friedens is to our community! Thank you...can't wait to connect more!"
  • "Thank you Forever Families for putting this event together! We learned new things and the kids enjoyed themselves!"
  • "What a great event. The speakers were amazing and we came away with such great info."

Adoption Support Group

Are you an adoptive or foster parent who is looking for support and camaraderie?  Spend your morning with a community of parents who have fostered, adopted, or provided kinship care and desire to share, learn, and connect with one another.

The Adoption Support Group meets on the second Saturday of each month from 8:30-10:00am at Friedens Church.  Childcare is not provided.  The upcoming dates are:

  • Saturday, February 9
  • Saturday, March 9
  • Saturday, April 13
  • Saturday, May 11

If you have questions, please e-mail

You can also find the "Ozaukee County Adoption Support Group" on Facebook. 

Apply for an Adoption Grant!

Finances can be a major hurdle for families looking to adopt.  Therefore, one of the primary purposes of Forever Families is to provide financial grants to help families fund their adoption process. If you are interested in applying for a Forever Families grant, please download an application below. The Grant Selection Committee reviews applications at least once per quarter, at which time applicants will be notified about the outcome of their application. Priority is given to families in southeastern Wisconsin.

Download a Grant Application

Super Saturday

Super Saturday is Forever Families' primary fundraiser and is hosted at Friedens Church each September.  This event includes a 5K Run/Walk, 2K Walk, Silent Auction, Bake Sale, Petting Zoo, and a "Kidja Warrior" Fun Course for children 10 and under.  It draws people from throughout southeastern Wisconsin and is an inspiring way to make a lasting difference in a child's life. 

Super Saturday is held each September.

Thank you to Forever Families' sponsors and donors!

To fund adoption grants and the other aspects of Forever Families' ministry, we depend on the generous support of many community partners.  "Sponsors" are financial partners with Forever Families, and there are over 100 other businesses that contribute to the silent auction.  In addition, we are thankful for the hundreds of people who participate in Super Saturday, which enables Forever Families to help more children become a part of a "forever family."

Click on a business below for more information:

Allied Insulation Supply Company

Anchor Enterprises

Boundary Bay Enterprises LTD

Charter Steel

CoCa LeNa

Eernisse Funeral Home

Elegant Estates

Evolving Wood Floors

Gary's Automotive

Herkert & Associates

Northland Sales

Pear & Simple

Poole Funeral Home

Port Washington State Bank

Port Washington Women's Club

Rivers Edge Restaurant

Friedens' Heritage of Adoption & Foster Care

Many people look at the success of Forever Families and wonder how we got to where we are.  Well, the story goes back much further than 2010, which is when Forever Families officially began.  For several decades, God has been working in Friedens Church to build a culture

that values adoption, foster care, and orphan care.  For instance:

  • Pastor Brandon is the third straight Senior Pastor of Friedens whose family has adopted children (these pastorates date back to the 1960s).
  • There are at least 20 families currently involved at Friedens who have adoption and/or foster care as part of their family's story.
  • Families at Friedens have been active in foster care since the 1970s; one family in particular has provided foster care for over 100 children.  This passion for foster care has been contagious, and altogether, Friedens families have fostered over 170 children!
As you can see, the seeds for Forever Families have been growing for decades, and we're excited to see what God continues to do through the Forever Families ministry - not only to help create forever families through adoption, and not only to help children in need both locally and globally, but also to help people experience adoption into God's "forever family" through faith in Jesus (John 1:12).