We bring children into our families permanently through domestic and international adoption.
Every year in America and worldwide, there are millions of unplanned pregnancies. Women (and sometimes men) in these situations are often overwhelmed, afraid, and lack support. They often feel like their only options are abortion or struggling to raise the child themselves, knowing they cannot provide what the child needs, but adoption provides another way for these families. It is a way to love and serve these parents and their children by giving them the opportunity to love their unborn child by giving them life and choosing to put them in a family that can love them, support them, and meet their needs.
There are three avenues of domestic adoptions (that is, adopting from within America). First, you can work with a private domestic adoption agency, who will guide you through the process to be approved to adopt and will then match you with a birth mom. Generally, the children that are adopted in these cases are infants and are often brought home from the hospital by the adoptive parents.
The second avenue of domestic adoption is called direct-placement or private-placement. In this scenario, the adoptive parents find a birth mother who is unable to parent their child on their own, and then use an adoption attorney to handle the legal and financial details to finalize the adoption. Birth and adoptive parents in a direct-placement adoption usually find each other by word of mouth, through mutual acquaintances, or by being involved in similar communities.
The third way to adopt domestically is from the public system. These children are in the custody of the state, as their parents’ parental rights have already been terminated. Most of these children are older, have likely been in foster care, and many have varying degrees of special needs. Because of this, these children often have a harder time finding adoptive homes, but what an opportunity for Christians to show the unrelenting love and grace that we have received through Jesus! To view the children currently available for adoption, go to adoptUSkids.org and adoptionphotolistingohio.org
International adoption is also a way to love and serve kids and families. UNICEF etimates that there are 153 million children worlwide who have lost one or both parents. Not all these children are able to be adopted, but the ones who are need families who will love and provide for them for the rest of their lives. There are accredited international adoption agencies throughout the nation that can facilitate these international adoptions.