What does our church need to know before launching an adoption ministry? What’s involved in tackling a project like this? Can you suggest any resources?
We want to commend you and your fellow church members on your desire to become more actively involved in reaching out to orphans. As we’ve developed our Wait No More® Foster Care and Adoption Program, it’s become obvious to us that church support can be extremely helpful to families who are adopting.
Even a small group within the congregation can provide a wide variety of resources and services — financial assistance, meals, toys, clothes, childcare, etc. And there are a number of ways that churches can reach out directly to children in the foster care system by working through their state or a local placement agency.
For more information, we highly recommend Launching an Orphans Ministry in Your Church (book and accompanying DVD), which you should be able to find in most online retailers. Another great title is David Sanford’s Handbook on Thriving As an Adoptive Family: Real-Life Solutions to Common Challenges. You can find other resources, along with adoption referrals, in our Adoption & Foster Care resource list.
Helping Adoptive Families Thrive
Adoption (resource list)
Fostering or Adopting Children from Difficult Backgrounds (resource list)
Focus on the Family's Adoption & Orphan Care Initiative™
Parenting: Adoptive Families