Friends, have you ever considered adopting or fostering a child? Please allow me to encourage you to consider doing so in this blog post. It is one of the most amazing things you can do in your lifetime! My wife and I have been blessed to adopt our two daughters from Ethiopia. I will share 10 resources below to help you to consider adoption or foster care. I'll start with this opportunity for you to join a Zoom adoption information session this Wednesday, February 10th at 6:00 PM Mountain Time (or the 2nd Wednesday of each month), which you can sign up for at www.ccaifamily.org/InfoMeeting/InfoMeeting
1. CCAI Adoption Services is a wonderful adoption agency that helped my wife and I with both of our adoptions by doing our home studies. We personally know both Josh and Lily, who run the agency, and we know several of their wonderful staff. CCAI is a great adoption agency for you to work with and they've facilitated over 13,000 adoptions to date. Learn more about how CCAI can support you on your adoption journey on their website at www.ccaifamily.org
2. Rainbow Kids is a wonderful website that helps special needs children all over the world get adopted with loving families like yours! As I type this, they have 3,604 children waiting to by adopted by families like yours, with 35 adoption agencies that will help facilitate. Please take some time to explore their website at www.rainbowkids.com
3. AdoptUSKids is a national project that supports child welfare systems and connects children in foster care with families like yours. Today there are more than 100,000 children and teens in foster care who are waiting for the love and security that a permanent home like yours provides. Learn more about foster care adoption at www.adoptuskids.org
4. If you live in Colorado, learn about how you can provide a temporary home for children in foster care at www.co4kids.org/foster-learnmore Also, Project 1.27 is a great resource for Christians and churches in Colorado to be trained to provide homes for kids in foster care at www.project127.org
5. Also if you live in Colorado, I have had many friends adopt children through Adoption Options and speak very highly of their services. This may be a great adoption agency partner for your family that you can learn more about at www.adoption-options.com (I believe they work with families outside of Colorado too.)
6. Adoption.com is a website that has many articles and links to local adoption agencies and resources in all 50 states that you can explore at www.adoption.com
7. Other adoption agencies I've had friends have positive experiences with that you might want to explore include Lutheran Family Services, Hope's Promise, American World Adoption and Bethany Christian Services, to name a few.
8. Please know that there are so many adoptions agencies out there and many of them are great. However, frankly, not all of them are great. Some can be downright shady. You will definitely want to do your homework before signing up with an agency. Do google searches. Join Facebook groups. Make sure your adoption agency partner is ethical. Read this article titled How to Be an Ethical Adoptive Parent at this link.
9. Also please know that adoption and foster care can sometimes be very challenging for a family for a variety of reasons. You'll want to make sure you family is an a stable situation to adopt or foster a child. You'll also want to go through all of the required adoption education classes with your eyes wide open to make sure you can handle potential challenges that could arise. The New York Times has a helpful article titled What to Know Before Adopting a Child at this link.
10. Adopted for Life by Russell Moore is a great book for Christian families considering adoption. I read it during my family's adoption journey, and it encouraged me greatly.
I hope this blog post encourages your family to consider adoption! I'll close with this verse that inspired Project 1.27 (mentioned in point #4 above): "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." -James 1:27 NIV
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