Foster Care & Adoption

Illustration of a happy family clustered together on a sofa, singing; mother is strumming a guitar, and the father has one arm around his daughter and the other around his son's shoulder.

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The Gift of a Family: Together at Last

Janine Petry

Making Christmas real for a newly adopted child.

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Illustration of diverse family welcoming a little boy into their home

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Preparing Your Family for Adoption

Natalie Nichols Gillespie

When my husband and I felt unexpectedly drawn to adopt an orphan girl from China, we knew that the real test would be getting our kids on board.

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The Stumbo family: Andy and Ellen, with daughters Ellie, Nichole and Nina

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Adoption Stories

Adoptive families share their challenges, victories and joys.

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The Rhodes family

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Beauty From the Broken

Kim Rhodes

The Rhodes family’s adoption story is a testimony to the reality of redemption.

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The Kolman family

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Grief and Joy

Amanda Kolman

The Kolman family learned that adoption is often a mixture of gratitude and sadness.

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The Rosati family: John and Kelly with their children, Joshua, Anna, Hope and Daniel

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A Clear Calling

Kelly Rosati

The Rosatis discovered there were plenty of kids in need of families right in their community.

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The Stumbo family: Andy and Ellen, with daughters Ellie, Nichole and Nina

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Adoption Stories: Compelled to Help

Ellen Stumbo

Adoptive families share their challenges, victories and joys.

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The Irons family

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Earning Their Trust

Laurie Irons

The Irons’ children found healing in the knowledge that their family is never going to leave them.

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Family group photo of Mike and Kristin Berry with seven of their eight adopted children

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When Couples Are Divided On Adoption

Kristin Berry with Mike Berry

What do you do when one spouse feels passionate about adoption and the other doesn't?

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Illustrated photograph of adopted daughter holding scissors and mother with her hands over her heart; the photo has been torn into two pieces

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Why Some Adopted Kids Reject Mom

Paula Freeman

If you feel rejected as an adoptive parent, you are not alone. Understanding why some children reject Mom can help lead to healing.

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Child holds a hand-drawn house with family in front

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Adoption Basics: A Global and a Local Issue

A growing number of families are motivated by recognizing the large number of kids in need of families and the realization that followers of Christ are God’s plan for children who’ve been orphaned.

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Child holds a hand-drawn house with family in front

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Adoption Basics: A Global and a Local Issue

Focus on the Family

A growing number of families are motivated by recognizing the large number of kids in need of families and the realization that followers of Christ are God’s plan for children who’ve been orphaned.

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Happy interracial family enjoying a day in the park

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Adoption Basics: Options

Focus on the Family

Take the time to determine the adoption option that is best for you and your family.

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Adoption Basics: Embryos and Other Decisions

Focus on the Family

From frozen embryos to foster care, no matter what type of adoption you choose, it’s important to take time as a family to really evaluate if you are able to meet the child’s needs.

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Sad young girl hugging teddy bear

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The 6 Biggest Myths About Foster Care Adoption

Sharen Ford

From questions about age to concerns about the cost, there are unfortunately plenty of misconceptions that keep people from exploring adoption through foster care.

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Getting the Help You Need as an Adoptive Parent

Julie Holmquist

If you feel worn out or overwhelmed as an adoptive parent, it helps to care for yourself, find support … and remember why you adopted.

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Lincoln and Jenny Knowles with their two daughters

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A Foster Care Story: Love, Loss and Blessings

Jenny Knowles

We now see that the pain of our infertility was an opportunity to hear and know and seek God more deeply, to experience His love for us, and to prepare us to pass that love on to our daughters.

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A fertility chart with a thermometer lying across it

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A Foster Care Story

We knew there were children in the world who needed families. Was there a child waiting for us?

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happy paper family

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A Foster Care Story: When Love Comes With Risks

Jenny Knowles

I am ashamed to admit that I once wondered if fostering children was worth the risk to my heart.

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happy couple dreaming of their home and future family

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A Foster Care Story: The Father's Perspective

Lincoln Knowles

I simply figured that I would one day marry, and that my wife and I would together create a "traditional" family. Yet this plan wasn't actually a plan; it was an assumption.

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A fertility chart with a thermometer lying across it

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A Foster Care Story: My Journey of Faith

Jenny Knowles

As I struggled with infertility, God began nudging me toward a different goal – not bearing children, but caring for them.

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Tyrone Flowers

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Tyrone Flowers Wanted Revenge, But Found Purpose Instead

Matt Kaufman

He spent his childhood without parents, bouncing between foster homes and reform school. And when a teammate’s bullet took away his future in sports, Tyrone Flowers found himself asking, “Why me?”

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Busy mother organizing children at breakfast in kitchen

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God Builds Your Faith as You Adopt

Julie Holmquist

How one family came to recognize God’s faithfulness as He provided for them at each step of their adoption journey.

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Serious couple sitting on sofa reading papers

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Facing Your Fears as You Accept the Call to Adopt

Julie Holmquist

Fear almost stopped me from obeying what God had called us to do. As we read the profiles of various foster children, we learned about some of the abuse, indignities, neglect and lack of stability these kids had faced. Were we really ready?

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