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  • Pastor, wife grow family with adoptions through Sunrise

    by Brandy Crase/Kentucky Today, posted Thursday, May 25, 2017 (3 days ago)

    KUTTAWA, Ky. (BP) -- Since the beginning of their marriage 16 years ago, a Kentucky Baptist pastor and his wife had always wanted lots of children.

    Bryan and Krista Grigg's hopes were fulfilled earlier this month with the adoption of three additional kids through Sunrise Children's Services, the Kentucky Baptist ministry that, at last count, was serving more than 1,200 abused and neglected children. Read More

  • 7-year-old turns lemonade into ministry for foster kids

    by Lauren Capraro/Baptist Messenger, posted Thursday, May 25, 2017 (3 days ago)

    SULPHUR, Okla. (BP) -- Those who know her would probably describe A'Layah Robinson as no ordinary 7-year-old, but a giver.

    Growing up in foster care, she and her brothers know the struggles of going from one house to the next. One Saturday afternoon, Robinson saw a group of teenagers at a lemonade stand, and something sparked in her heart. She decided to start her own stand to help foster kids. Read More

  • Seminary VP named to Ky. adoption/foster care post

    by Tom Latek/Kentucky Today, posted Thursday, May 04, 2017 (24 days ago)

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed a seminary vice president, Daniel S. Dumas, to oversee the revamping of the state's adoption and foster care system.

    Dumas, senior vice president for institutional administration at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, and his wife Jane have two adopted sons, Aidan and Elijah. Read More

  • Adopting & fostering podcast shares joys & challenges

    by Josie Bingham, posted Wednesday, May 03, 2017 (25 days ago)

    Photo courtesy of Kevin Ezell family
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber shared many joys, frustrations, challenges and triumphs over the last 15 years as their families have journeyed through the process of adopting children. Now, they are sharing that experience and knowledge with others.

    Hosting the North American Mission Board's "Adopting and Fostering Home" podcast, the two friends seek to encourage and equip God's people and the church to battle for the hearts and lives of children at risk.

    Photo courtesy of David Melber family
    "We believe that if the church is going to champion the cause of foster care and adoption, the church has to be prepared for what that means on a daily basis," Melber noted.

    Melber and Ezell would know. They have watched their daughters and sons process and make sense of birth stories and unanswered questions.

    "As they work through their beginnings and the implications of their stories, there have been times when I have really understood Romans 12:15," Melber said. ... Read More

  • Children's home trustee becomes adoptive parent

    by Brian Koonce/Missouri Pathway, posted Wednesday, May 03, 2017 (25 days ago)

    When Chris Ferkel, as a children's home trustee, volunteered for a summer camp, it sparked an openness to foster parenting and, now, the adoption of an 8-year-old girl. Read More

  • Step out of comfort zones for foster care, Bevin says

    by Charissa Crotts, posted Thursday, April 27, 2017 (one month ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Kentucky First Lady Glenna Bevin urged 300 attendees during a Woman's Auxiliary luncheon at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to step out of their comfort zones and get involved with foster care and adoption. Glenna and her husband, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, have adopted four children from Ethiopia and have pledged to improve the state's foster care system. Read More

  • Baptists partner with Tenn. foster care system

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, April 20, 2017 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Tennessee's Department of Children's Services has found a valuable partner to help improve the state's foster care system: faith-based organizations like the Tennessee Baptist Children's Homes.

    Since December, TBCH has participated in a collaboration of government and the private sector to encourage foster parenting. Known as TN Fosters, the collaboration seeks to unite state government, faith groups, nonprofit organizations and businesses in recruiting foster parents and supporting foster families. Read More

  • Advocates back effort to aid foster children

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, March 29, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Advocates for children needing families voiced their approval of new federal legislation designed to improve the placement of children in quality foster care families at a time of increased demand for such homes.

    The National Adoption and Foster Care Home Study Act, introduced March 21, would enhance the matching of children and families in the foster care system by establishing a national standard and database for increased uniformity and transparency. The measure would permit foster care and adoption agencies throughout the country to gain information about potential families through a secure process. Read More