Monday, July 27, 2009

Interested in Adoption?

If you are interested in adoption and have no idea where to start...You are not alone! Most people that are interested in adoption, assume that it takes years to adopt, and that you can't adopt here in the U.S. That is incorrect. Not only can you adopt in the U.S. You can do it quickly. Most adoptions can occur in 6-12 months, less than that if you are interested in bi-racial, or african american. Another misconception is that it is $50k or more to adopt a baby. That is also not true. A caucasian adoption could cost anywhere from $25k-40k, but usually somewhere around $32k. There are also a million ways to fund your adoption. You can fundraise, you can apply for grants, apply for interest-free loans. There is also a very large tax-credit for families that adopt, currently it is sitting right around $11,000. Adoption is not unattainable. It is definitely within your reach.

Adoption is also talked about in the Bible in many passages. I believe that God calls us to adopt. Read the following verses:

"Pray without ceasing…” 1 Thessalonians 5:17

“We prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted what we asked of Him.” 1 Samuel 1:27

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I set you apart. “ Jeremiah 1:5-6

“He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the Lord.” Psalm 113:9

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

“May the Lord make you increase, both you and your children. May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth.” Psalm 115:14-15

“The Lord is gracious and righteous; Our God is full of compassion.” Psalm 116:5

“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.” Matthew 18:5

“A man makes a plan in his heart, but God directs his path.” Proverbs 16:9

“'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” Jeremiah 29:11

“Be doers of the Word, and not hearers only…” James 1:22

"The King will reply 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for the least of these, you did for me.'" Matthew 25:40

There are a number of examples of adoption in scripture. Not all were cases of providing for orphans. Some were occasions of placing a child in adoption for a specific purpose, but all were cases of providing for the well-being of a child.

Here are some other examples that are sometimes mentioned as types of adoption: Esther and Mordecai (Esther); Jacob’s adoption of Ephraim and Manesseh (Genesis 48); Abram and Eliazar (Genesis 15); and Eli and Samuel (1Samuel 1).

"Adoption is a scriptural metaphor that emphasizes the permanence of our relationship with God, the rights we have as His children and His redemption of us."

Paul described how Christians were adopted into God’s family, a privilege originally bestowed exclusively on Israel but made available by the new covenant to all who have faith in Christ.

As you can clearly see, there are many biblical references to adoption! Please contact us if you have any interest or questions about adoption. We have been made aware of many situations with available babies. There is always a need for couples willing to adopt african-american and bi-racial!

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