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  • ACLU fights faith-based child placement agencies

    by Bonnie Pritchett/WORLD News Service, posted Thursday, October 05, 2017 (one month ago)

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    LANSING, Michigan (BP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is challenging a Michigan law that allows faith-based foster care and adoption agencies to operate according to their biblical convictions. The lawsuit, filed against the state Sept. 20 in federal court, could jeopardize similar laws across the nation and force faith-based agencies to close.

    The lawsuit names Bethany Christian Services and Catholic Charities, which are not defendants, as foster care and adoption agencies that turned away two married lesbian couples trying to adopt children. Read More

  • Heart for orphans stirs panel conversation

    by Michael Smith, posted Monday, June 26, 2017 (4 months ago)

    Four Southern Baptist national entity leaders shared their insights on adoption and foster care during a panel discussion June 13 at the Southern Baptist Convention Cooperative Program booth in Phoenix. Read More

  • Affirm LGBT lifestyles, foster care workers ordered

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, June 01, 2017 (5 months ago)

    CHICAGO (BP) -- Foster care workers and families in Illinois must allow gay and transgender youth to express and explore their chosen gender identity and sexual orientation, according to a new state governmental directive. Read More

  • Pastor, wife grow family with adoptions through Sunrise

    by Brandy Crase/Kentucky Today, posted Thursday, May 25, 2017 (5 months 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 (5 months 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 (6 months 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 (6 months 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 (6 months 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