In honor of this year's National Adoption month, here are 7 things to consider doing in order to fulfill the call of James 1:27 to care for orphans.
- Pray. One of the most important things we all can do is to pray for those in need. There are numerous online photo listings of children who are need of forever families. Browse through the photos of children in your state and pray for them by name. See the following favorites of mine or just do a google search for waiting children in your area.
- Adopt US Kids
- A Family for Every Child
- Heart Gallery Alabama
- The Children's Heart Gallery
- Wednesday's Child
- Heartland for Children
- Heart Gallery of New Mexico
- Heart Gallery of Missouri
- We adopted our littlest one through A Act of Love in Sandy, Utah. They are a great agency that really cared not only for us, but also for our baby's birth mamma. I recommend them both for the wonderful experience we had with them and because they are in one of only two states where same-sex adoption is illegal. If you donate to them, you can know your money won't support same-sex adoption.
- If you personally know a couple adopting, you can also donate to them. Many expectant adoptive parents have struggled so much before an adoptive match that they are hesitant to share any kind of news with friends. That means they often miss out on baby showers and have to purchase all sorts of things in addition to all the costs of the adoption. I know my husband and I appreciated the gift cards (and diapers) that we received once A came home with us. Our choir also threw us an impromptu shower. This time around, we've been on the receiving end of clothes and offers for beds, etc. That has been wonderful. Don't be shy about asking what people need. My guess is that they won't be shy about telling you (and you'll save the hassle of duplicating a gift.)
- Consider donating to the James 1:27 Foundation. They offer grants to Christian families in Iowa who are pursuing adoption. You can also google other foundations offering grants.
That same friend offered to give me a few hours a week once we bring home our four new ones. This way, I can grocery shop, take a nap, clean a toilet, or whatever!
Also consider donating your time to watch children already in the family. Part of adoption preparedness requires multiple appointments for things such as fingerprinting, intake interviews, interviews with various caseworkers, and required classes. Offer to babysit the children in the home so parents can attend the things they need to complete.
- Partner with Orphan Sunday to plan fundraisers to help families considering adoption.
- Offer babysitting to those in the community who foster or adopt.
- Host an adoption support group or community event.