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FIRST-PERSON: 5 misconceptions surrounding adoption

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BP) – November is National Adoption Month – a time where we raise awareness for children who are waiting for forever families, and celebrate families who have welcomed children home through adoption.

Healing from trauma can take ‘years of showing up’

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – About five years ago, Lynnette Ezell and a friend walked into a north Georgia Department of Family Services office bearing diapers.

Churches vital in helping vulnerable children, Send Relief advocate says

NASHVILLE (BP) – The task can seem daunting. Most estimates put the number of children and teens in foster care at 400,000 at any given time.

Adoption leads families through process of brokenness to healing

NASHVILLE (BP) – Loving others is often a way to learn about God’s love for us. God has used adoption in the lives of two influential families in the SBC to teach about His love for them and how to love others. The parents of both families shared parts of their stories in an email interview with Baptist Press.

Church’s foster care ministry focused on school-age children

SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas (BP) – The new school year can be especially tumultuous for children in foster care, Union Baptist Church Senior Pastor Jacob Smith learned as the church prayed about the viability of a foster care ministry.

Gateway prof offers loving home, discipleship as single foster mom

ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) – Single foster mom Alicia Wong developed a heart for adoption after learning of China’s one-child policy. Had her parents not moved to the U.S. after the birth of her older brother, Wong’s birth would have been deemed criminal.

Major decline in adoptions accompanies COVID-19 pandemic

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (BP) – A substantial drop in the number of adoptions in the United States coincided with the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report.

Send Relief features Family Advocacy Ministry during Foster Care Awareness Month

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – At any given moment, an estimated 400,000 U.S. children and teens are in foster care. There also happens to be roughly that many churches across the United States.

Infertility brings pain, loss but doesn’t mean the end

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) – Traci Newell had plans when she married her husband, Mark. In particular, the couple wanted children. Those plans came to fruition but took a path different from most.

Layer by layer, former Sherwood pastor discovered his adoption story

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (BP) – Michael Catt is highly opinionated. He loves movies and attends The Masters every year in Augusta. His library held 10,000 books when he retired last year as pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga.