Start Here! We can’t begin to tell you how excited we are that you are joining us on this amazing mission to change foster care in Orange County. God is tugging on your heart and is going to use you in incredible ways. Our goal is to empower you and to protect our most vulnerable kids.

In order to do this, your first step in volunteering is to attend one of our Education Events. Here you will learn everything you need to know to work most effectively with our kids.

Before you can volunteer in any capacity with foster kids, you must do the following:

  1. Attend one of our monthly Education Events  (101: Foster Youth and Families Volunteer Orientation)
  2. A Background Check will be completed after you have attended the Education Event.

Upon completing these two steps, you will be on your way to making an impact on the lives of the 3,000 foster youth in our community.


Volunteer Orientation

We have a vision that Mariners will be the most educated church on foster care and the challenging issues that families in our community are facing. In order to do that, we must educate and equip our volunteers with the tools necessary to serve and support these families and children. Join us for a mandatory Volunteer Orientation in order to take your first step towards serving in our Foster Youth & Families Ministry.

WHEN: Monthly
WHERE: Mariners Church Irvine


Exploring Hosting, Foster Care & Adoption

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to host, foster or adopt a child? Join us as we explore hosting, foster care and adoption - what it means to be a parent to these kids, what kind of training is needed, etc.

This will be a place where you can learn and also ask questions. Special topics include: caring for children impacted by trauma and parental substance use, and exploring family-of-origin issues.

WHEN: Various Dates
WHERE: Mariners Church Irvine


Host, Foster & Adoption Learning Group

The Foster Youth & Families ministry is passionate about creating a safe and caring community for those interested in, or already involved in hosting, fostering or adopting kids in the system.

Join us for this monthly Learning Group where you will find support and encouragement from others in the program.

Dinner and childcare provided.

WHEN: Monthly
WHERE: Mariners Church Irvine


Fostering Together: Foster/Kinship Support Group

Join us for our monthly "Support Group" to get to know other foster/adoptive & kinship families. Our hope is that you will find encouragement and community as we walk this journey together.

Light dinner and childcare provided.

WHEN: Monthly
WHERE: Mariners Church Irvine