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Unanimous court upholds religious liberty of foster-care agency

WASHINGTON (BP) – The U.S Supreme Court unanimously delivered an important victory for religious liberty Thursday (June 17) by upholding a faith-based adoption and foster-care agency’s right to carry out its ministry according to its beliefs.

Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes focuses on foster care, reunification

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) – “We will not let the state be more family-focused than the church.”

Iowa congregation leaves imprint through foster care

AMES, Iowa (BP) – Shane Kelley and his wife Samantha couldn’t have fully prepared themselves for the world of foster care even with the mandated 10-week training session. They couldn’t comprehend the neglect taking over a child’s world at a time when his emotions can range from anger to relief to confusion to all three at once.

Disappointment, concern greet Bethany’s reversal

WASHINGTON (BP) – Southern Baptist leaders expressed disappointment and concern for the ramifications of Bethany Christian Services’ national policy reversal to place children for adoption and foster care with same-sex couples.

An adoption dream come true

THOMASVILLE, N.C. – Janina DeHart had a dream that she was at a party, celebrating the adoption of two boys into her family. That dream came true when the Lord brought together the DeHarts and two brothers who needed a family.

FIRST-PERSON: Answering God’s call to adopt

I’ve long thought adoption was a beautiful picture of the Gospel – that it showed the love of Jesus in a unique and profound way. I thought the call to adopt was among the most significant people could respond to. And I was happy to watch other people fulfill it.

National Adoption Month spotlights ongoing needs

With more than 400,000 children reportedly in the foster care system in the United States, and 100,000 of them available for adoption, experts in these fields say the COVID-19 crisis has opened up more opportunities for families to explore ways to help vulnerable children.

Supreme Court offers hope in foster care case

WASHINGTON (BP) – The U.S. Supreme Court gave hope Wednesday (Nov. 4) it will uphold the freedom of religiously based adoption and foster care agencies to carry out their ministries according to their beliefs.

Three Ways We Can Serve Orphans and Widows Throughout the Year

With such a large emphasis on serving widows and orphans this month, here are three ways a believer can be mindful of them throughout the year.

Appeals court ruling for adoption agency applauded

NEW YORK CITY (BP) -- A federal appeals court decision in support of a Christian adoption agency has garnered excellent reviews from religious freedom advocates. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City reversed July 21 a federal court opinion that would have required New Hope Family Services to shut down if it maintained its policy of refusing to place children in the homes of same-sex and unmarried couples. The appeals court returned the case to the lower court and kept in place its November 2019 decision that blocked enforcement of that court's ruling.