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Vermont pastor and wife denied foster care license over religious beliefs

The Wuotis and Gantts both had their foster care licenses revoked by the state when they expressed they could not compromise on their Christian beliefs, in this case, related to sexuality.

Haitian aid workers worry American Christians donors could worsen crisis

(RNS) — As the security crisis in Haiti continues, the humanitarian aid group Haiti Family Care Network is urging U.S. Christian donors to refrain from worsening the situation by donating to orphanages and to redirect their efforts instead toward initiatives helping parents support their children.

New federal rules threaten Kentucky children’s placement agency

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – The Biden Administration has finalized new rules that could threaten the ability of Sunrise Children’s Services and other faith-based agencies to place Kentucky children in foster care.

Church leaders in Kenya give qualified support for plan to close orphanages

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) – Amid a growing push among child welfare organizations to reunite families rather than keep children in institutional homes, Kenyan authorities are set to adopt a new national program that will phase out traditional orphanages over the next decade.

Difference-maker: football recruit using NIL money to support adoptions

EUHARLEE, Ga. (BP) — It was a hot day in September 2021, and Vanessa McWhorter jostled with a sweaty toddler in the football stands watching her son push other boys around on the field. 

Prestonwood, Send Relief, SBTC to host adoption, foster care summit

PLANO, Texas – Prestonwood Baptist Church in Texas is hosting an urgent gathering on April 13 designed to empower, engage and equip Christians and churches in the arena of foster care and adoption. The CHOSEN Conference will feature plenary sessions and vital breakout sessions where attendees can learn best practices for how to provide loving homes for children who need them and to help support families who foster or adopt.

Pregnancy counselor sees God’s plan woven miraculously throughout her story

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) – Kathryn Barnhill knows she was an answer to prayer. But not her mother’s. Her great-aunt’s.

FIRST-PERSON: How Christians can answer the call of the orphan care crisis

Our world is marked by war, disease, disasters and political shortcomings. Jesus guaranteed that every one of us would have tribulations like these in this life. However, thanks be to God, He also assured us that He has overcome the world and the weight of sin which has marred all of creation. One of the ways we help push back this darkness is by obeying the important biblical command given to Christ followers from James 1:27 – to care for orphans and widows in their distress.

ERLC urges rescindment of proposed LGBTQ+ foster care regulation

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has released a letter urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to rescind a recently proposed regulation regarding foster care providers and foster children who identify as LGBTQ+.

14-year-old’s life before foster care ‘defined by neglect’

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (BP) – Every day is a victory for Tirrell. With John and Erin Stuebe, his Baptist Children’s Homes foster and soon-to-be adoptive parents surrounding him with love and support, the 14-year-old is thriving in ways that would have been impossible earlier in his young life. Few could ever look past Tirrell’s bright smile today and perceive the darkness that shrouded his childhood.