Articles on Adoption

The day Brooke Orthman walked into a pregnancy counseling center, she made a list. After seeing a faint positive on a gas station pregnancy test earlier that week, she wanted to find out if it was right. Getting pregnant wasn’t... Continue...

When our youngest was an infant, and we were newly navigating our life as an adoptive family, it was really jarring to be met face to face with insensitive comments regarding our son’s adoption. Oftentimes, the comments that bothered us... Continue...

I had been the teaching pastor of my church for 14 years when I announced that my wife, Julie, and I were going to pursue foster-adopt ministry. Over the years, I had been open about being adopted. One tends to... Continue...

Many of us bring to mind pictures of a family in the airport surrounded by balloons when we hear about adoption. Or, we picture a family smiling with a judge finalizing their adoption in court. Both are beautiful and true... Continue...

Adoption is a brave, and often hard, choice—for birth and adoptive parents. Though it’s a beautiful picture of the gospel, not everyone gets to experience their adoption story come full circle. But when it does, it’s a tangible display of... Continue...

“You do not know what tomorrow will bring . . . for you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes” (James 4:14).   This verse has consumed me since seeing the jarring news yesterday of... Continue...

November is National Adoption Month. Over the past couple of decades, the church has experienced a stirring of responsiveness about all types of care for orphaned and vulnerable children, and an increase in awareness of adoption has been part of... Continue...

While God may not be calling all of us to adopt a child, he has called us to care for the orphans and widows (James 1:27). Furthermore, he has given us 59 “one another’s” in Scripture. Whatever we do, it’s... Continue...

Like most newly licensed foster or adoptive parents, we got right to it. The day my wife, Julie and I, received our certificate in the mail, we contacted the Missouri social-services caseworker assigned to the girls we saw on the... Continue...

Many will recognize this Sunday as Orphan Care Sunday. In many churches across our nation, congregations will be discussing how ordinary people can be used by an extraordinary God to meet the needs of at-risk and orphaned children in our... Continue...