How and Why Should the Church Support Foster and Adoption Families?
I recently met a girl who is in college, and she shared with me that she and her brother were adopted when she was a baby. Her mother did drugs while she was pregnant with her, however by the grace of God, she is perfectly healthy and even on a college sports team earning a degree today.
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Many married couples cannot have children. The dream to be a parent feels far off and impossible. However, being open to the joy of adoption can help someone take the courageous step to pursue children in need. When Hannah in the Bible prayed to the Lord to conceive, he answered her prayers and she said, “I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him” (1 Samuel 1:27).
Maybe you are someone to whom God has not provided fertility? Have you considered that maybe the Lord has a greater plan for you to grow a family through adoption? Maybe you already have kids and know that the Lord has blessed you with abilities to care for more kids and you want to take a step of faith. Seek the Lord and walk with Him. Whatever your journey looks like, He is there.
I have known some families who have had incredibly hard experiences with their adopted children. The reality of sin and challenges of emotions set in and families struggle. As the church, we need to come around and pray for them, offer to help baby-sit, give them counseling, provide expert materials, give them words of affirmation, hug them, listen to them, and share stories from grown adults who were adopted and had parents step into their lives.
Adoption is not necessarily easy, but the Lord does not call us to easy. He calls us to obedience. If God has called someone to adopt, then He will equip them and support them in the process. We get to play a role in offering resources and encouragement to them.
Why should we care about adoption as the church? We should care because God cared so much about us that He sent His only Son to die on our behalf and raise to life so that we could be adopted into His family. We ourselves are the adopted ones. We can model Christ’s love by adopting or ministering to those who do adopt.
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Emma Danzey’s mission in life stems from Ephesians 3:20-21, inspiring young women to embrace the extraordinary. One of her greatest joys is to journey with the Lord in His Scriptures. She is wife to Drew for over two years and mom to baby Graham. Drew and Emma serve with Upstate CRU college ministry in South Carolina. Emma is an avid writer for Salem Web Network and provides articles on the Bible, life questions, and on the Christian lifestyle. Her article on Interracial Marriage was the number 1 viewed article on Crosswalk for the year 2021. All the glory to the Lord! She had the joy of hosting Her Many Hats podcast where she explored the many roles that women play while serving One God. Most recently, Emma has released her first Bible Study Book, Wildflower: Blooming Through Singleness.
Emma enjoys singing/songwriting, fitness classes, trying new recipes, home makeover shows, and drinking tea! During her ministry career, Emma recorded two worship EP albums, founded and led Polished Conference Ministries, ran the Refined Magazine, and served in music education for early childhood. Emma also had the privilege of having been a national spokesperson for Mukti Mission based out of India. Mukti has been working to restore shattered lives in India for over 120 years. You can view her articles through her blog at emmadanzey.wordpress.com