Transforming Lives Through Foster Care and Adoption

Equip your church with the knowledge and resources to make an impact.

Confronting Religious Discrimination: A Guide for Foster & Adoptive Parents

In the guide you’ll find:

  • The important role Christians have historically played in adoption and foster care
  • How children in need are harmed when people of faith are discriminated against because of their faith
  • What ADF is doing to help protect the rights of families so they can keep their doors open to take in children
  • And more!

Foster Care and Adoption Resources

Lifeline Children’s Services

With a mission to equip the Body of Christ to manifest the gospel to vulnerable children, Lifeline knows it cannot do this without one another. Whether through adoption, foster care, orphan care, or education and counseling, the mission is accomplished when churches live out James 1:27 in their communities and to the ends of the earth.

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Care Net

Acknowledging that every human life begins at conception and is worthy of protection, Care Net offers compassion, hope, and help to anyone considering abortion by presenting them with realistic alternatives and Christ-centered support through its life-affirming network of pregnancy centers, churches, organizations, and individuals.

View ResourceView Resource
Backyard Orphans

Backyard Orphans guides church leaders to develop a foster care, adoption, and support ministry.

View ResourceView Resource
Care Portal

CarePortal is a local church empowerment platform: it exists to mobilize Bible-believing Christian churches to care for vulnerable children and families in their own communities, stimulating life-changing relational connections in the process.

View ResourceView Resource
Promise686

Promise686 equips churches to support local foster & adoptive families, and biological families in crisis. By training churches on how to create and lead successful Family Advocacy Ministries (FAMs), they’re working toward seeing every child in a safe and loving family, forever.

View ResourceView Resource
Every Child

Every Child trains and licenses couples in North Carolina to be foster families for boys and girls who are in desperate need. They also work with pastors and their staff to establish a foster and adopt ministry within their churches.

View ResourceView Resource
Reframing Foster Care: Filtering Your Foster Parenting Journey Through the Lens of the Gospel
by Jason Johnson

Foster parents navigate a unique blend of joy and heartache, without a clear guide. Yet, there's hope in finding beauty amid brokenness—a perspective central to the Gospel. "ReFraming Foster Care" offers reflections to provide hope, emphasizing that foster parents are not alone. The book, suitable for individual or group study, includes personal questions, discussion guides, action exercises, real stories, and quotes. It aims to encourage and inspire foster parents, regardless of where they are in their journey.

View ResourceView Resource
Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Orphan Care
by Tony Merida & Rick Morton

"Orphanology" reveals a grassroots movement addressing the needs of millions of orphans and "functionally parentless" children. The book showcases diverse ways to help, grounded in biblical teachings, and highlights the experiences of families, churches, and organizations involved. It guides churches in ministry planning and funding, assists individuals and families in navigating adoption challenges, and provides insights for believers to support orphans in various capacities.

View ResourceView Resource
Everyone Can Do Something: A Field Guide for Strategically Rallying Your Church Around the Orphaned and Vulnerable
by Jason Johnson

We’re not all called to do the same thing, but we are all capable of doing something! When it comes to serving the orphaned and vulnerable, this can be the mantra of your church and the foundation of the foster care, adoption and orphan care ministry you establish — everyone can do something! Your church has the ability to make a significant difference in the lives of vulnerable children and families. The questions are not “can” you or “should” you, but “how” can you and “what” does that need to look like?

View ResourceView Resource
Making Life Disciples
Care Net

A simple, easy-to-access basic training that allows your church to begin a holistic, gospel-centered approach to caring for the abortion-vulnerable. The teaches people in your church how to offer practical help and discipleship to people who are in the midst of making difficult pregnancy decisions. Accordingly, MLD equips your church to establish a team to walk alongside women and men facing pregnancy decisions and to build a unified, holistic, kingdom response to abortion. It turns your church into a central point of compassion in your community.

View ResourceView Resource
Fatherhood Initiative
Care Net

Care Net’s research into abortion found that the father of the baby was the most influential voice in a woman’s pregnancy decision. Care Net wants to equip your pregnancy center to reach fathers with the transformational power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and empower them to choose life for their unborn children and abundant life for their families.

View ResourceView Resource
Pastor Involvement
Heartbeat International

In this chaotic world, we thank God for your spiritual leadership and guidance. The post-Roe opinion offers unique opportunities for us to speak about Life, offer the compassionate hand of Life, and unite with Heartbeat and our network to bring pregnancy options and support to pregnant moms. This is our time, and we can help you educate and motivate your church family!

View ResourceView Resource
Fostering Hope
Lifeline Children’s Services

A program run by Lifeline Children’s Services that assists churches in growing their foster care ministries and sharing the gospel with vulnerable children and families in your neighborhood.

View ResourceView Resource
How to Create A Foster Ministry
Foster Coalition

Discover the essential steps to initiate a foster ministry in your church, from building leadership teams and training to fostering community support.

View ResourceView Resource
Families Count
Lifeline Children's Services

A family restoration and preservation ministry for parents seeking permanency with their children.

View ResourceView Resource
Cultivating a Culture of Adoption and Foster Care in the Church
Lifeline Children's Services

Jason Paredes on The Defender Podcast shares how adoption deepened his understanding of the gospel. His journey inspired Fielder Church's mission to help 1,000 children find homes in 10 years. Emphasizing the church's role in supporting adoptive families, Jason highlights the transformative power of adoption. Listen to the podcast for his compelling story.

View ResourceView Resource
How Churches Can Engage
by Christie Mac Segars (Focus on the Family)

Explore the transformative power of the 'Fostering Hope' curriculum, which combines biblical teachings with trauma-informed care. This article by a child welfare professional highlights the positive impact of Christian foster families and provides resources to strengthen church involvement in foster care.

View ResourceView Resource
What does it take to be a caring church?
by Hillary Haris (Focus on the Family)

The Centre County Orphan Care Alliance aims to change the way vulnerable children are cared for in their community. Born from Pastor Vince Smith's vision of unifying churches to support such children, the alliance ensures Christians are aware of the challenges these children face, motivates believers to take action, and provides resources to foster safe environments. The article highlights the importance of building trust with agencies, understanding the local needs by asking, 'Where does she live?' and emphasizes the cumulative impact of small acts of kindness.

View ResourceView Resource
10 Ways Your Church Can Get Involved In Foster Care
by Jason Johnson

With over 408,000 children in the U.S. foster care system, the need for supportive communities is paramount. This guide outlines ten actionable steps churches can take to actively support foster care, from preaching about God's heart for the orphaned to organizing serve teams and appreciating social workers. Emphasizing the transformative power of the gospel, these steps call upon the church's unique abilities to make a difference.

View ResourceView Resource
7 Tips to Help Your Church Support Adoption
by Russell Moore (Crossway)

Many churches overlook the significance of adoption, often due to lack of awareness or understanding. To bridge this gap, this guide outlines seven actionable steps churches can adopt to emphasize the importance of adoption, rooted in the gospel's transformative power. From preaching about adoption to providing financial and logistical support, churches can play a pivotal role.

View ResourceView Resource
10 Ways to Support a Foster Family
The Global Orphan Project

Foster families play an indispensable role in offering love and security to children during some of life's toughest moments. While not everyone may become a foster parent, everyone can extend a hand of support. Dive into our resource to discover 10 tangible ways you can stand beside and uplift foster families within your church or community. From simple gestures like delivering food to profound acts of prayer, every effort can make a monumental difference.

View ResourceView Resource
Supporting Adoption in the Church
by Jim Rusnak (Focus on the Family)

Adoption is a powerful act of love, and the church has a pivotal role in supporting adoptive families in their journey. Dive into the deeply personal and communal implications of adoption, from the challenges adoptive families face to the transformative impact of 'radical hospitality.' Whether you've been touched by adoption or are considering how to support those who have, this resource sheds light on the multifaceted world of adoption within the church community.

View ResourceView Resource
Backyard Orphans Prayer Guide
Backyard Orphans

Check out this Prayer Guide to learn more about the foster and adoption needs in this nation, and to pray through it by yourself, with your family, or with your congregation!

View ResourceView Resource
Religious Discrimination Hurts Kids Waiting to Be Adopted
by Johannes Widmalm-Delphonse (Alliance Defending Freedom)

Some states are denying people of faith from adopting and fostering children because of their beliefs about gender and sexuality.

View ResourceView Resource
Standing Up to State-Sponsored Discrimination
Alliance Defending Freedom

With a foster care crisis in full swing, you would think state child welfare agencies would be doing everything they can to place children into safe and loving homes. Unfortunately, you’d be wrong.

View ResourceView Resource
1HOPE for Kids

1HOPE for Kids is a Foster Care and Adoption agency in Bexar, Comal, and surrounding counties, training, licensing, and supporting Christian families.

View ResourceView Resource
Arizona Baptist Children's Services & Family Ministries

ABCS is faith-based, non-profit social service ministry that serves Arizona families in many ways, including foster care & parent aide, counseling, resources, pregnancy, missions, adult ministry, and a transitional program.

View ResourceView Resource
Agape Ranch

In South Texas, there aren’t enough homes for children to take refuge while their lives are in flux, so Agape Ranch is mitigating that problem by building a literal neighborhood complete with homes, playgrounds, rec areas, and onsite respite care providers to love and support foster children.

View ResourceView Resource
Baptist Children's Home and Family Services

BCHFS is a multi-faceted family crisis center in Southern Illinois consisting of five ministries that work together to protect, heal and restore struggling children and families.

View ResourceView Resource
A Door of Hope

A Door of Hope recruits, trains, licenses, and supports foster families in Tampa Bay, Manatee, and Sarasota counties. Their mission is to show the world that the message of Christ is the ultimate Door of Hope.

View ResourceView Resource
Antioch Adoptions

Antioch Adoptions is a non-profit, Christian agency in Washington and Arizona with the goal of making family a reality for every child currently on the path to adoption. They assist Christian parents from foster care licensing to adoption finalization.

View ResourceView Resource
Spirit of Faith Adoptions

The mission of Spirit of Faith Adoptions is to provide Christ-centered adoption services, including education and awareness in Ohio.

View ResourceView Resource
Families 4 Families

Families 4 Families is a non-profit foster care agency in Georgia that has 6 offices all across Georgia in order to help kids find a safe place.

View ResourceView Resource
4KIDS

4KIDS exists to bring hope, homes, and healing to kids and families in crisis across Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties, as well as the Treasure Coast and Southwest Florida.

View ResourceView Resource
Elgin Children’s Foundation

Elgin Children’s Foundation was created to ensure that children, no matter what their background or status in life, have full access to dental care and reading assistance in rural Southern Appalachia.

View ResourceView Resource
Georgia Agape

Georgia Agape, Inc. is a faith-based, nationally accredited, not-for-profit, social services organization that helps with adoption, foster care, and unplanned pregnancy assistance.

View ResourceView Resource
Holston United Methodist Home for Children

Holston United Methodist Home for Children provides hope and healing for a brighter future by sharing the love of Jesus with children and families struggling with life's challenges.

View ResourceView Resource
Amazing Grace Adoptions

Amazing Grace Adoptions provides services to birthparents and adoptive families in North Carolina and Florida.

View ResourceView Resource
Baptist Children's Home

BCH provides care for vulnerable children and families in a holistic manner, with a focus on permanency and a true family environment according to James 1:27.

View ResourceView Resource
Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina

Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina offers hope and healing to children and families in crisis in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Guatemala.

View ResourceView Resource
Children's Homes, Inc.

Based in Paragould, Ark., Children's Homes, Inc. has provided help, hope and home to children and families since 1955.

View ResourceView Resource
New Horizons Adoption Agency, Inc.

Licensed in Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota, New Horizons helps expectant parents facing unplanned pregnancy and prospective adoptive parents wishing to adopt.

View ResourceView Resource
Confronting Religious Discrimination: A Guide for Foster & Adoptive Parents

In this guide, you'll find: the important role Christians have historically played in adoption and foster care, how children in need are harmed when people of faith are discriminated against because of their faith, what ADF is doing to help protect the rights of families so they can keep their doors open to take in children, and more!

View ResourceView Resource
How Churches Can Engage
by Christie Mac Segars (Focus on the Family)

Explore the transformative power of the 'Fostering Hope' curriculum, which combines biblical teachings with trauma-informed care. This article by a child welfare professional highlights the positive impact of Christian foster families and provides resources to strengthen church involvement in foster care.

View ResourceView Resource
What does it take to be a caring church?
by Hillary Haris (Focus on the Family)

The Centre County Orphan Care Alliance aims to change the way vulnerable children are cared for in their community. Born from Pastor Vince Smith's vision of unifying churches to support such children, the alliance ensures Christians are aware of the challenges these children face, motivates believers to take action, and provides resources to foster safe environments. The article highlights the importance of building trust with agencies, understanding the local needs by asking, 'Where does she live?' and emphasizes the cumulative impact of small acts of kindness.

View ResourceView Resource
10 Ways Your Church Can Get Involved In Foster Care
by Jason Johnson

With over 408,000 children in the U.S. foster care system, the need for supportive communities is paramount. This guide outlines ten actionable steps churches can take to actively support foster care, from preaching about God's heart for the orphaned to organizing serve teams and appreciating social workers. Emphasizing the transformative power of the gospel, these steps call upon the church's unique abilities to make a difference.

View ResourceView Resource
7 Tips to Help Your Church Support Adoption
by Russell Moore (Crossway)

Many churches overlook the significance of adoption, often due to lack of awareness or understanding. To bridge this gap, this guide outlines seven actionable steps churches can adopt to emphasize the importance of adoption, rooted in the gospel's transformative power. From preaching about adoption to providing financial and logistical support, churches can play a pivotal role.

View ResourceView Resource
10 Ways to Support a Foster Family
The Global Orphan Project

Foster families play an indispensable role in offering love and security to children during some of life's toughest moments. While not everyone may become a foster parent, everyone can extend a hand of support. Dive into our resource to discover 10 tangible ways you can stand beside and uplift foster families within your church or community. From simple gestures like delivering food to profound acts of prayer, every effort can make a monumental difference.

View ResourceView Resource
Supporting Adoption in the Church
by Jim Rusnak (Focus on the Family)

Adoption is a powerful act of love, and the church has a pivotal role in supporting adoptive families in their journey. Dive into the deeply personal and communal implications of adoption, from the challenges adoptive families face to the transformative impact of 'radical hospitality.' Whether you've been touched by adoption or are considering how to support those who have, this resource sheds light on the multifaceted world of adoption within the church community.

View ResourceView Resource
Religious Discrimination Hurts Kids Waiting to Be Adopted
by Johannes Widmalm-Delphonse (Alliance Defending Freedom)

Some states are denying people of faith from adopting and fostering children because of their beliefs about gender and sexuality.

View ResourceView Resource
Reframing Foster Care: Filtering Your Foster Parenting Journey Through the Lens of the Gospel
by Jason Johnson

Foster parents navigate a unique blend of joy and heartache, without a clear guide. Yet, there's hope in finding beauty amid brokenness—a perspective central to the Gospel. "ReFraming Foster Care" offers reflections to provide hope, emphasizing that foster parents are not alone. The book, suitable for individual or group study, includes personal questions, discussion guides, action exercises, real stories, and quotes. It aims to encourage and inspire foster parents, regardless of where they are in their journey.

View ResourceView Resource
Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Orphan Care
by Tony Merida & Rick Morton

"Orphanology" reveals a grassroots movement addressing the needs of millions of orphans and "functionally parentless" children. The book showcases diverse ways to help, grounded in biblical teachings, and highlights the experiences of families, churches, and organizations involved. It guides churches in ministry planning and funding, assists individuals and families in navigating adoption challenges, and provides insights for believers to support orphans in various capacities.

View ResourceView Resource
Everyone Can Do Something: A Field Guide for Strategically Rallying Your Church Around the Orphaned and Vulnerable
by Jason Johnson

We’re not all called to do the same thing, but we are all capable of doing something! When it comes to serving the orphaned and vulnerable, this can be the mantra of your church and the foundation of the foster care, adoption and orphan care ministry you establish — everyone can do something! Your church has the ability to make a significant difference in the lives of vulnerable children and families. The questions are not “can” you or “should” you, but “how” can you and “what” does that need to look like?

View ResourceView Resource
Making Life Disciples
Care Net

A simple, easy-to-access basic training that allows your church to begin a holistic, gospel-centered approach to caring for the abortion-vulnerable. The teaches people in your church how to offer practical help and discipleship to people who are in the midst of making difficult pregnancy decisions. Accordingly, MLD equips your church to establish a team to walk alongside women and men facing pregnancy decisions and to build a unified, holistic, kingdom response to abortion. It turns your church into a central point of compassion in your community.

View ResourceView Resource
Fatherhood Initiative
Care Net

Care Net’s research into abortion found that the father of the baby was the most influential voice in a woman’s pregnancy decision. Care Net wants to equip your pregnancy center to reach fathers with the transformational power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and empower them to choose life for their unborn children and abundant life for their families.

View ResourceView Resource
Pastor Involvement
Heartbeat International

In this chaotic world, we thank God for your spiritual leadership and guidance. The post-Roe opinion offers unique opportunities for us to speak about Life, offer the compassionate hand of Life, and unite with Heartbeat and our network to bring pregnancy options and support to pregnant moms. This is our time, and we can help you educate and motivate your church family!

View ResourceView Resource
Fostering Hope
Lifeline Children’s Services

A program run by Lifeline Children’s Services that assists churches in growing their foster care ministries and sharing the gospel with vulnerable children and families in your neighborhood.

View ResourceView Resource
How to Create A Foster Ministry
Foster Coalition

Discover the essential steps to initiate a foster ministry in your church, from building leadership teams and training to fostering community support.

View ResourceView Resource
Families Count
Lifeline Children's Services

A family restoration and preservation ministry for parents seeking permanency with their children.

View ResourceView Resource
Cultivating a Culture of Adoption and Foster Care in the Church
Lifeline Children's Services

Jason Paredes on The Defender Podcast shares how adoption deepened his understanding of the gospel. His journey inspired Fielder Church's mission to help 1,000 children find homes in 10 years. Emphasizing the church's role in supporting adoptive families, Jason highlights the transformative power of adoption. Listen to the podcast for his compelling story.

View ResourceView Resource
Backyard Orphans Prayer Guide
Backyard Orphans

Check out this Prayer Guide to learn more about the foster and adoption needs in this nation, and to pray through it by yourself, with your family, or with your congregation!

View ResourceView Resource
Confronting Religious Discrimination: A Guide for Foster & Adoptive Parents

In this guide, you'll find: the important role Christians have historically played in adoption and foster care, how children in need are harmed when people of faith are discriminated against because of their faith, what ADF is doing to help protect the rights of families so they can keep their doors open to take in children, and more!

View ResourceView Resource
Lifeline Children’s Services

With a mission to equip the Body of Christ to manifest the gospel to vulnerable children, Lifeline knows it cannot do this without one another. Whether through adoption, foster care, orphan care, or education and counseling, the mission is accomplished when churches live out James 1:27 in their communities and to the ends of the earth.

View ResourceView Resource
Care Net

Acknowledging that every human life begins at conception and is worthy of protection, Care Net offers compassion, hope, and help to anyone considering abortion by presenting them with realistic alternatives and Christ-centered support through its life-affirming network of pregnancy centers, churches, organizations, and individuals.

View ResourceView Resource
Backyard Orphans

Backyard Orphans guides church leaders to develop a foster care, adoption, and support ministry.

View ResourceView Resource
Care Portal

CarePortal is a local church empowerment platform: it exists to mobilize Bible-believing Christian churches to care for vulnerable children and families in their own communities, stimulating life-changing relational connections in the process.

View ResourceView Resource
Promise686

Promise686 equips churches to support local foster & adoptive families, and biological families in crisis. By training churches on how to create and lead successful Family Advocacy Ministries (FAMs), they’re working toward seeing every child in a safe and loving family, forever.

View ResourceView Resource
Every Child

Every Child trains and licenses couples in North Carolina to be foster families for boys and girls who are in desperate need. They also work with pastors and their staff to establish a foster and adopt ministry within their churches.

View ResourceView Resource
1HOPE for Kids

1HOPE for Kids is a Foster Care and Adoption agency in Bexar, Comal, and surrounding counties, training, licensing, and supporting Christian families.

View ResourceView Resource
Arizona Baptist Children's Services & Family Ministries

ABCS is faith-based, non-profit social service ministry that serves Arizona families in many ways, including foster care & parent aide, counseling, resources, pregnancy, missions, adult ministry, and a transitional program.

View ResourceView Resource
Agape Ranch

In South Texas, there aren’t enough homes for children to take refuge while their lives are in flux, so Agape Ranch is mitigating that problem by building a literal neighborhood complete with homes, playgrounds, rec areas, and onsite respite care providers to love and support foster children.

View ResourceView Resource
Baptist Children's Home and Family Services

BCHFS is a multi-faceted family crisis center in Southern Illinois consisting of five ministries that work together to protect, heal and restore struggling children and families.

View ResourceView Resource
A Door of Hope

A Door of Hope recruits, trains, licenses, and supports foster families in Tampa Bay, Manatee, and Sarasota counties. Their mission is to show the world that the message of Christ is the ultimate Door of Hope.

View ResourceView Resource
Antioch Adoptions

Antioch Adoptions is a non-profit, Christian agency in Washington and Arizona with the goal of making family a reality for every child currently on the path to adoption. They assist Christian parents from foster care licensing to adoption finalization.

View ResourceView Resource
Spirit of Faith Adoptions

The mission of Spirit of Faith Adoptions is to provide Christ-centered adoption services, including education and awareness in Ohio.

View ResourceView Resource
Families 4 Families

Families 4 Families is a non-profit foster care agency in Georgia that has 6 offices all across Georgia in order to help kids find a safe place.

View ResourceView Resource
4KIDS

4KIDS exists to bring hope, homes, and healing to kids and families in crisis across Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties, as well as the Treasure Coast and Southwest Florida.

View ResourceView Resource
Elgin Children’s Foundation

Elgin Children’s Foundation was created to ensure that children, no matter what their background or status in life, have full access to dental care and reading assistance in rural Southern Appalachia.

View ResourceView Resource
Georgia Agape

Georgia Agape, Inc. is a faith-based, nationally accredited, not-for-profit, social services organization that helps with adoption, foster care, and unplanned pregnancy assistance.

View ResourceView Resource
Holston United Methodist Home for Children

Holston United Methodist Home for Children provides hope and healing for a brighter future by sharing the love of Jesus with children and families struggling with life's challenges.

View ResourceView Resource
Amazing Grace Adoptions

Amazing Grace Adoptions provides services to birthparents and adoptive families in North Carolina and Florida.

View ResourceView Resource
Baptist Children's Home

BCH provides care for vulnerable children and families in a holistic manner, with a focus on permanency and a true family environment according to James 1:27.

View ResourceView Resource
Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina

Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina offers hope and healing to children and families in crisis in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Guatemala.

View ResourceView Resource
Children's Homes, Inc.

Based in Paragould, Ark., Children's Homes, Inc. has provided help, hope and home to children and families since 1955.

View ResourceView Resource
New Horizons Adoption Agency, Inc.

Licensed in Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota, New Horizons helps expectant parents facing unplanned pregnancy and prospective adoptive parents wishing to adopt.

View ResourceView Resource
Standing Up to State-Sponsored Discrimination
Alliance Defending Freedom

With a foster care crisis in full swing, you would think state child welfare agencies would be doing everything they can to place children into safe and loving homes. Unfortunately, you’d be wrong.

View ResourceView Resource

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