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Worship pastor, adoptive father scores big on ‘Wheel’

HINDMAN, Ky. (KT) — A Kentucky Baptist was a big winner on a national TV game show last week — not just monetarily but by having a platform to speak about the importance of adoption and foster care.

Sunrise Children’s Services’ 25-year legal battle ends in victory

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) – A 25-year-old legal dispute has finally been settled in favor of Sunrise Children’s Services. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati unanimously affirmed the final dismissal of all the plaintiffs’ claims against Sunrise with prejudice in a ruling Tuesday.

Would-be foster parents rejected for Christian beliefs

SOUTHAMPTON, Mass. (BP) – A Massachusetts couple claims they were denied approval to foster children because of their beliefs regarding LGBT issues.

Childhood lemonade stand spurs nationwide funding program for orphans

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) – At 10 years old, Caleb Newell considered why the hundreds of babies he and his family visited in a Chinese orphanage weren’t crying. Perhaps they were all cried out.

Send Relief consultant advocates orphan care reform

NAIVASHA, Kenya (BP) – Kristen Lowry discovered her calling to minister to orphans and vulnerable children as a Journeyman to Kenya for the International Mission Board, but she quickly noticed a need for strategy reform.

More churchgoers hear encouragement to adopt, provide foster care

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP) – More pastors are encouraging members to adopt and provide foster care at a time when adoptions have declined in the U.S.

Foster care needs families supporting families

LOGANVILLE, Ga. (BP) – There are around 12,000 foster children in Georgia alone, said Wayne Naugle, and fewer than 4,600 available homes to take them in. Those are children where neither the math nor the odds are in their favor.

Orphans forgotten, untracked, likely abused in Russia’s war on Ukraine

ODESSA, Ukraine (BP) – Russia’s ongoing war on Ukraine has added more children to an initial count of 100,000 Ukrainian orphans at greater risk of abduction, sex trafficking, criminal adoption and long-term trauma, a leader in Ukrainian orphan care told Baptist Press.

Maryland pastor reflects on adopting special needs daughter amid Ukraine war

BRUNSWICK, Md. (BP) – When looking back on his family’s journey to adopt their 6-year-old daughter Bridget (“Brizzy”) from Ukraine in the midst of war last spring, Maryland pastor Phil Graves described the journey as “improbable.”

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.