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  • Lilly receives special Christmas gift from Chitwoods

    by Roger Alford/Kentucky Today , posted Friday, December 07, 2018 (3 days ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Sure, 6-year-old Lilly has the typical wish list for Christmas, including Barbie dolls and a dollhouse. But it was something much more meaningful that she longed for most: a family of her own.

    For the past three years, Lilly had been in foster care through Sunrise Children's Services, a Kentucky Baptist organization that ministers to abused and neglected kids. Her story is one that has become all too familiar to Kentucky authorities in a culture where drug addiction is rampant.

    As a toddler, Lilly faced tough times and was well acquainted with hunger while she was in the care of a drug-addicted birth mother. Read More

  • Robinsons touched 65 lives by fostering, adoption

    by Katelyn Goodwin/Missouri Pathway, posted Monday, October 22, 2018 (one month ago)

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    VAN BUREN, Mo. (BP) -- Few people have hearts as big as Ron and Terri Robinson. In 40 years of marriage, Ron followed his calling to ministry and pastored several Baptist churches with Terri at his right hand, opening their hearts to the communities they served.

    Then they opened their hearts to a new calling from God as foster parents. But their life and their marriage didn't begin with that in mind.

    Ron and Terri always wanted children, so they were beyond excited when Terri ... Read More

  • Couple with 10 kids joins adoption/foster care reform

    by Tom Latek/Kentucky Today , posted Friday, August 03, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- A former Florida pastor and his wife have been named by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin to help implement reforms to the state's adoption and foster care system under legislation approved by the 2018 General Assembly.

    Chris and Alicia Johnson will work closely with the Department for Community Based Services, part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, to support the department's ongoing adoption and foster care initiatives, including the transformative efforts required under House Bill 1. See related Baptist Press story. Read More

  • Adoption agency protection moves forward in Congress

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, July 20, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Legislation to prohibit government from discriminating against adoption and foster care agencies over their religious or moral convictions has taken an initial step toward potential passage in Congress.

    The House of Representatives Appropriations Committee included the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act (CWPIA) in a spending bill it approved July 11. The committee first passed the measure as an amendment to the Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education funding bill in a 29-23 vote. The panel then forwarded the amended version of the bill in a 30-22 roll call. Read More

  • Okla., Kan. adoption bills guard religious liberty

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, May 15, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- Legislation passed in Oklahoma and Kansas to protect the religious liberty of adoption agencies has drawn praise from Baptist leaders in those states and criticism from homosexual activist groups.

    In Oklahoma, Republican Gov. Mary Fallin signed Senate Bill 1140 on May 11. The measure protects private organizations from being required to take part in the placement of a child for foster care or adoption when the action would violate their "written religious or moral convictions or policies." The law permits faith-based adoption agencies to abide by their religious convictions in refusing to place children with same-sex couples. Read More

  • Vulnerable children, foster care & what you can do

    by David Melber, posted Monday, May 14, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Thirteen-year-old Mary wakes up early on a Monday morning. Entering the kitchen, she begins making lunches for her 10-year-old brother and her 5-year-old sister.

    Peanut butter again. Stale bread. She brushes her sister's hair, grabs book bags and heads out the door. Mom didn't come home again last night. It's the third night in a row. "Keep moving forward," she says to herself.

    Mary is doing the best she can. The opioid crisis is her reality. Read More

  • Ky. lawmakers pass adoption, foster care bill

    by Tom Latek/Kentucky Today, posted Tuesday, April 03, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- The Kentucky Senate unanimously passed the top House priority, a comprehensive adoption and foster care reform bill that changes the way foster care and adoption are handled in the state to better benefit children.

    Later Monday night (April 2), the House concurred on a 90-1 vote to send the measure to the desk of Gov. Matt Bevin for his signature to make it law. Read More

  • Intercountry adoptions in U.S. continue decline

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, April 02, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The State Department's latest report on intercountry adoptions by Americans showed another significant decline, and adoption advocates say the trend will continue without change in the U.S. government.

    The March 23 report revealed Americans adopted 4,714 foreign-born children during the 2016-17 fiscal year, a 12 percent decrease from the previous year. The total reflected a 79 percent fall from the all-time high of 22,991 intercountry adoptions in 2004. The latest total is the lowest since 1973, according to the National Council for Adoption (NCFA). Read More

  • Okla. Senate votes for adoption protection

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, March 13, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Legislation to preserve the religious freedom of faith-based adoption agencies in Oklahoma took an important step toward becoming law Tuesday (March 13) with the support of national and state Baptist leaders.

    The Oklahoma Senate voted 35-9 for Senate Bill 1140, a proposal that would protect private organizations from being required to take part in the placement of a child for foster care or adoption when the action would violate their "written religious or moral convictions or policies." The bill would permit faith-based adoption ... Read More

  • The end of international adoption?

    by Kiley Crossland/WORLD, posted Monday, March 05, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- New regulations and fees announced by the U.S. State Department in February could spell the end of intercountry adoptions in the United States, according to adoption advocates.

    The changes, which went into effect Feb. 15, include a new $500 monitoring and oversight fee for adoptive families, as well as an increase in the cost of accreditation for adoption agencies. Most agencies, or adoption service providers (ASPs), believe their costs to attain accreditation every four years will triple under the new schedule of fees. Read More