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  • Faith-based adoption placement protected in 5 states

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, May 10, 2017 (14 days 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

  • Seminary VP named to Ky. adoption/foster care post

    by Tom Latek/Kentucky Today, posted Thursday, May 04, 2017 (20 days ago)

    FRANKFORT, 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 & challenges

    by Josie Bingham, posted Wednesday, May 03, 2017 (21 days ago)

    Photo courtesy of Kevin Ezell family
    ALPHARETTA, 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.

    Photo courtesy of David Melber family
    "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

  • Children's home trustee becomes adoptive parent

    by Brian Koonce/Missouri Pathway, posted Wednesday, May 03, 2017 (21 days ago)

    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

  • What should churches do to protect human life?

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, January 20, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Churches must be intentional in protecting the lives of the unborn and caring for the most vulnerable among us, leaders across the Southern Baptist Convention said as the SBC prepares to observe Sanctity of Human Life Sunday Jan. 22.

    John Yeats, executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention and SBC recording secretary, expressed hope for the reversal of elective abortion rights when he called churches to action in a blogpost on the MBC website. Read More

  • A foster story authored by God

    by Kristi Prince/Oklahoma Baptist Messenger, posted Tuesday, January 17, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    STILLWATER, Okla. (BP) -- Bobby and Molly Edwards are models of God's mandate in James 1:27 to love and care for those whom society often neglects. Since 2006, they have opened their home and hearts to nearly 60 foster children.

    Molly herself was adopted through the foster system and her parents hosted 101 foster children in their home.

    "Our goal is at least 102," Molly said with a smile. Read More

  • Refugee children finding sense of normalcy

    by Bonnie Pritchett/ Southern Baptist TEXAN , posted Friday, January 06, 2017 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Bonnie Pritchett
    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- An international ensemble of eight guitarists enthusiastically played and sang during a December rehearsal. The musicians, like the other refugee children attending weekly classes at the Ethnic Group Academy, reveled in the experience, happy that for at least a couple of hours that Saturday afternoon they could just be kids.

    EGA is a ministry of Hanmaum International Baptist Church, a predominantly South Korean congregation. When Pastor Jong Su Heo learned six years ago about the influx of refugees into Tarrant County, he asked God how his congregation could help. The answer? A reconsideration of the term "foreign missions." Read More