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Adoption

In the Gospel of John, there is a description of a believer‘s adoption into the kingdom of God. ”To all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God - children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.(John 1:12-13)“ Likewise we adopt children into our families in a similar manner in which our heavenly father adopted us. We search for those that are without a father and mother, and we bring them into our family and call them our own to show them that they are loved.

In our world today, it is estimated that there are more than 143 million orphans and waiting children. Each and every one of these forgotten children is a precious treasure of God. They too are part of God‘s family, and as believers we are called to be the first to reach out to orphaned and abandoned children around the world. God has always had a plan in place to protect and provide for the orphan. His plan is - and always has been - that we as His followers, regardless of personal cost, would seek and serve those orphaned, foster, and waiting children in His name.

We have provided some resources that you may find helpful in making your decision to adopt, if you are in the process of adopting, or have already adopted.

Considering Adoption

Suggested Questions for Adoption Agency Selection Process (Domestic)

The following list contains suggested questions that are designed to help families in selecting an adoption agency for a domestic adoption. Use of an adoption agency is only one of several different means of pursuing adoption, but is a commonly used and often beneficial approach for many families. A very important consideration in selecting an agency is determining whether the agency is a “good fit.” This can generally be achieved by ensuring that the family has accurate information and realistic expectations about the agency, its services, and costs and its adoption process(e.g. estimated wait times). In addition to obtaining answers to the following questions, adoptive families are strongly encouraged to read carefully any contracts or policies that they are asked to sign or agree to by the agency and to ask questions (if necessary, consult an attorney).

Suggested Questions for Adoption Agency Selection Process (International)

Use of a licensed adoption agency is generally required when pursuing an international adoption. The specifics of an agency‘s adoption program vary considerably by country. The following is a general list of suggested questions that are designed to help families in selecting an adoption agency for an international adoption. Families should also ask additional questions relating to specific country programs. However, a very important consideration in selecting an agency is determining whether the agency is a ”good fit.“ This can generally be achieved by ensuring that the family has accurate information and realistic expectations about the agency, its services, and costs and its adoption process(in particular estimated wait times). In addition to obtaining answers to the following questions, adoptive families are strongly encouraged to read carefully any contracts or policies that they are asked to sign or agree to by the agency and to ask questions (if necessary, consult an attorney).

Adoption