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Pastor, wife grow family with adoptions through SunriseKUTTAWA, Ky. (BP) -- Since the beginning of their marriage 16 years ago, a Kentucky Baptist pastor and his wife had always wanted lots of children.
Bryan and Krista Grigg's hopes were fulfilled earlier this month with the adoption of three additional kids through Sunrise Children's Services, the Kentucky Baptist ministry that, at last count, was serving more than 1,200 abused and neglected children. Read More
7-year-old turns lemonade into ministry for foster kidsSULPHUR, Okla. (BP) -- Those who know her would probably describe A'Layah Robinson as no ordinary 7-year-old, but a giver.
Growing up in foster care, she and her brothers know the struggles of going from one house to the next. One Saturday afternoon, Robinson saw a group of teenagers at a lemonade stand, and something sparked in her heart. She decided to start her own stand to help foster kids. Read More
Protection for faith-based children's homes goes to TX Senate
A Texas bill offering legal protection for faith-based foster and adoption care agencies is on its way to the state's Senate floor for debate. Read More
Seminary VP named to Ky. adoption/foster care postFRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed a seminary vice president, Daniel S. Dumas, to oversee the revamping of the state's adoption and foster care system.
Dumas, senior vice president for institutional administration at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, and his wife Jane have two adopted sons, Aidan and Elijah. Read More
Adopting & fostering podcast shares joys & challengesALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber shared many joys, frustrations, challenges and triumphs over the last 15 years as their families have journeyed through the process of adopting children. Now, they are sharing that experience and knowledge with others.
Hosting the North American Mission Board's "Adopting and Fostering Home" podcast, the two friends seek to encourage and equip God's people and the church to battle for the hearts and lives of children at risk."We believe that if the church is going to champion the cause of foster care and adoption, the church has to be prepared for what that means on a daily basis," Melber noted.
Melber and Ezell would know. They have watched their daughters and sons process and make sense of birth stories and unanswered questions.
"As they work through their beginnings and the implications of their stories, there have been times when I have really understood Romans 12:15," Melber said. ... Read More
'One Less Orphan': Church acts on biblical command
In its "One Less Orphan" ministry, First Baptist Church in Arnold, Mo., aids parents in the process of adoption and those engaging in foster care. Read More
Children's home trustee becomes adoptive parent
When Chris Ferkel, as a children's home trustee, volunteered for a summer camp, it sparked an openness to foster parenting and, now, the adoption of an 8-year-old girl. Read More
Step out of comfort zones for foster care, Bevin saysLOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Kentucky First Lady Glenna Bevin urged 300 attendees during a Woman's Auxiliary luncheon at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to step out of their comfort zones and get involved with foster care and adoption. Glenna and her husband, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, have adopted four children from Ethiopia and have pledged to improve the state's foster care system. Read More
Baptists partner with Tenn. foster care systemNASHVILLE (BP) -- Tennessee's Department of Children's Services has found a valuable partner to help improve the state's foster care system: faith-based organizations like the Tennessee Baptist Children's Homes.
Since December, TBCH has participated in a collaboration of government and the private sector to encourage foster parenting. Known as TN Fosters, the collaboration seeks to unite state government, faith groups, nonprofit organizations and businesses in recruiting foster parents and supporting foster families. Read More
Advocates back effort to aid foster childrenWASHINGTON (BP) -- Advocates for children needing families voiced their approval of new federal legislation designed to improve the placement of children in quality foster care families at a time of increased demand for such homes.
The National Adoption and Foster Care Home Study Act, introduced March 21, would enhance the matching of children and families in the foster care system by establishing a national standard and database for increased uniformity and transparency. The measure would permit foster care and adoption agencies throughout the country to gain information about potential families through a secure process. Read More