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ACLU fights faith-based child placement agenciesLANSING, 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
Heart for orphans stirs panel conversation
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
Affirm LGBT lifestyles, foster care workers ordered
CHICAGO (BP) -- Foster care workers and families in Illinois must allow gay and transgender youth to express and explore their chosen gender identity and sexual orientation, according to a new state governmental directive. Read More
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