Why We Do What We Do
In the book of Luke, from the New Testament, we find these words: “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Luke 12:6-7). Each one of us on the leadership team has a relationship with this God of the Bible who does not forget. We desire both as individuals and as a Body to have a heart like His and to live it out so that every child and every grown up caring for a child may feel seen and know their worth.
Mark, The Sparrow Fund’s Executive Director, founded The Sparrow Fund in 2011, having been changed by the adoption of their youngest child and desiring to serve adoptive families. He considers it a joy to pour into mothers and fathers who are so eager to do the right thing for their families. Along with his wife Kelly, Mark has been trained to teach the Empowered to Connect material based on Karyn Purvis’ research and methods for children from hard places (TBRI). He works full-time with an organization that serves university students in Asia through English training and short-term trips to bring a camp-like experience to Asian college campuses. You can contact Mark directly at email@example.com.
Kelly Raudenbush, MA
Kelly founded The Sparrow Fund along with her husband Mark in 2011. She is a child and family therapist and certified facility dog handler who spearheaded the attachment-based canine-assisted therapy program Project Puppy Love for foster and adoptive children and their families along with Louie, a specially trained golden retriever. Kelly has a particular interest in (a) helping parents walk with their children as they process their stories, (b) encouraging and empowering parents as they navigate the effects of trauma and build connections with each other and their children, and (c) training and empowering caregivers and teachers working in orphanages and schools in China to build relationships with children and each other. Kelly and Mark have been married since 1998 and have 3 biological children and 1 daughter who was adopted as a toddler from China in 2010. You can contact Kelly directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Erin Garrison, PT, DPT
Family Services Coordinator
Erin has been a pediatric physical therapist since 2010, specializing in treating children with cancer and with neurological diagnoses such as brain tumors, strokes, cerebral palsy, and spinal cord injuries. Erin was first introduced to The Sparrow Fund through serving on an orphanage trip in October of 2016. It was during this trip that her heart was stirred and she was drawn to a big career change in order to serve children living in orphanages, their temporary caregivers, and adoptive families. Her passion is to equip and empower caregivers and be a therapeutic resource for families as they transition children to home and get connected to the services needed. You can contact Erin directly at email@example.com.
Development & Care Coordinator
Abbey has volunteered with The Sparrow Fund since 2012 and joined the team as an official staff member in January 2019. With a younger brother adopted from South Korea, Abbey has had a heart for adoption and orphan care from a young age. She enjoys using her professional experience in development to support the work of The Sparrow Fund to love and serve foster and adoptive families. Abbey and her husband Ben have been married since 2011 and have 2 children. You can contact Abbey directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.