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  • House restores adoption tax credit

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, November 10, 2017 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A longstanding but endangered benefit for adopting families has gained new life in Congress.

    Republicans in the House of Representatives amended their tax reform proposal to include the adoption tax credit in a committee vote Thursday (Nov. 9), which was World Adoption Day. The action came after adoption and pro-life advocates led a week-long charge to persuade the GOP to restore to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, H.R. 1, a benefit available to many adoptive parents the last two decades. Read More

  • GOP tax plan, ACLU lawsuit threaten U.S. adoptions

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, November 03, 2017 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Adoption in America is facing challenges from both the right and the left.

    Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled a tax reform proposal Thursday (Nov. 2) that wipes out the adoption tax credit, a benefit available to some adoptive parents the last two decades.

    Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union has challenged a Michigan law that allows faith-based adoption agencies to abide by their religious convictions by refusing to place children with same-sex couples. Read More

  • ACLU fights faith-based child placement agencies

    by Bonnie Pritchett/WORLD News Service, posted Thursday, October 05, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    LANSING, Michigan (BP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is challenging a Michigan law that allows faith-based foster care and adoption agencies to operate according to their biblical convictions. The lawsuit, filed against the state Sept. 20 in federal court, could jeopardize similar laws across the nation and force faith-based agencies to close.

    The lawsuit names Bethany Christian Services and Catholic Charities, which are not defendants, as foster care and adoption agencies that turned away two married lesbian couples trying to adopt children. Read More

  • Viral adoption video garners ABC's Persons of the Week

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, August 08, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    ROWLETT, Texas (BP) -- ABC's Persons of the Week are only a handful in -- well -- 7.5 billion residents worldwide. Enter Shane Pruitt, his wife Kasi, and their daughters jubilant at the unexpected introduction to the family's newly adopted baby girl, just one month old.

    The Pruitts, now a family of seven with three adoptees, caught the eye of ABC Nightly News Aug. 4 after the internet video of their daughter entering the family's home in Kasi's arms went viral. Read More

  • Heart for orphans stirs panel conversation

    by Michael Smith, posted Monday, June 26, 2017 (5 months ago)

    Four Southern Baptist national entity leaders shared their insights on adoption and foster care during a panel discussion June 13 at the Southern Baptist Convention Cooperative Program booth in Phoenix. Read More

  • Pastor, wife grow family with adoptions through Sunrise

    by Brandy Crase/Kentucky Today, posted Thursday, May 25, 2017 (6 months ago)

    KUTTAWA, 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 kids

    by Lauren Capraro/Baptist Messenger, posted Thursday, May 25, 2017 (6 months ago)

    SULPHUR, 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

  • Faith-based adoption placement protected in 5 states

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, May 10, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Five states in the U.S. have passed laws protecting the rights of faith-based adoption and foster care agencies to restrict child placement based on religious beliefs, and at least two other states are considering similar legislation. Read More