Unicef reports that globally there are an estimated 17.8 million children who have lost both parents. This number does not include children living in institutions or on the streets, many of which have at least one living parent. 153 million children worldwide have lost at least one parent.
According to statistics, it is well-known that kids who age out of the foster care system or institutions locally and globally are more vulnerable in every way. They are at higher risk for substance abuse, unemployment, homelessness, incarceration, human trafficking, and suicide.
WHERE DO I START?
Choosing a direction in adoption can seem like an overwhelming task. Domestic vs. international, adopting through foster care, older children vs. newborn adoption, special needs, finding the right agency? Families of Promise has years of experience in partnering with a wonderful Christian organization called Loving Shepherd Ministries. Part of Loving Shepherd's ministry is to offer a FREE a service which will provide you with recommendations for your path toward adoption, based on your individual information. They are an objective and trustworthy resource working to help you make the right choice, based on the current adoption climate. Access Loving Shepherd's adoption assessment here. Experienced Families of Promise volunteers are also available to give guidance about local agencies and resources. Contact Jodi at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
WHAT ABOUT FUNDING?
If God has called your family to adopt a child, we believe that He will also make a way for your family financially. It will no doubt involve faith and risk! It may help you to know that the majority of families adopting are not wealthy, but adoptions are happening in these families every day. (Check out this recent article about how a local family is funding their adoption.) Kentwood Community Church is blessed to have the Sam and Ellie Adoption Fund as one way to help support our congregation in affording adoption. Learn more about the Sam and Ellie Adoption Fund...