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Adoption Awareness Month: What I Wish the Church Knew About The Most Helpful Ways to Serve Adoptive Families

Adoption Awareness Month: What I Wish the Church Knew About The Most Helpful Ways to Serve Adoptive Families

I’ve probably sounded rather stern concerning adoption awareness. Most who’ve written about adoption this month are like, “Adoption is great! Let’s all join the parade!” It’s true, adopting children is great—it’s straight from God’s heart. And it is full of God’s blessings. But let me tell you, those blessings have a totally different look than most adoptive parents expect going into it. So, I don’t want to discourage adoption, or even adoption awareness. But I do want to present a…

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Adoption Awareness Month: What I Wish the Church Knew About The Real Scriptural Meaning of “Visiting the Orphan”

Adoption Awareness Month: What I Wish the Church Knew About The Real Scriptural Meaning of “Visiting the Orphan”

I had read James 1:27 numerous times before realizing: all I had to do was “visit” the orphans. I didn’t really have to bring all their brokenness and it’s fallout into my personal space. Did I? So as I pondered National Adoption Month and what to write, I thought maybe I should dig a little into Scripture to help discern what this all really means. “Religion” in this passage is generally understood to mean “worship”—a natural overflow of love in…

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Adoption Awareness Month: What I Wish the Church Knew About The Real Adoptive Child

Adoption Awareness Month: What I Wish the Church Knew About The Real Adoptive Child

She waltzes through the church, charming grandmas with her sweet-dimpled grin and black curls, enticing friends with generosity, beguiling teachers with clever responses, entertaining classrooms with humor, and impressing ushers with politeness. He does the same. They all do. The most common symptom of a child with attachment issues is their ability to charm others. They’re not necessarily trying to con people. They are simply employing survival techniques they learned in their formative years of life. If you go to…

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Adoption Awareness Month: What I Wish the Church Knew About the Real Adoptive Parent

Adoption Awareness Month: What I Wish the Church Knew About the Real Adoptive Parent

November is Adoption Awareness Month. I wonder how many of you cringe when you read those words. Does it grate on you when individuals and organizations highlighting the plight of the orphan, seem to “guilt” people into adopting? True, the numbers tell a heart-wrenching story. Approximately 153 million children worldwide have been identified by UNICEF and the U.S. government as “orphans” (children who’ve lost at least one parent; though this number does not account for children in institutions or who…

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