How Can Churches Support Families Adopting From Overseas?
This year's seen a good deal of controversy related to evangelical overseas adoption. But arguments aside, how can churches and pastoral staff support families that are adopting children from overseas?
"There are no easy formulas" says a recent article from Christianity Today. With that said, they offer three views:
"What gives couples the confidence to adopt, and adoptive families the strength to continue, is that they have an enduring community around them—a community that is looking unto Jesus and doing its best to simply be the local church." - Megan Hill
"… The orphan—whether literally parentless or simply bereft of the nurture parents should provide—also comes with an invitation. He or she offers the church the chance to grow a culture of hospitality that receives all in the same way we would welcome Christ himself." - Jedd Medefind
"When it comes to supporting families who adopt from overseas, there are two important and practical things any church can do. One is to help financially… The second area where churches can help is in caring for the needs of children once they arrive home. There are wonderful stories of children who have transitioned into their new families and environments without problems. Other families and children struggle, especially as international adoption has evolved over the past 10 years." - Johnny Carr
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