Here is what the Bible says about orphans and our Biblical responsibility for taking care of them. (List organization is based on "A Scriptural Summary of the Orphan, the Fatherless, and Adoption" from Family Life Hope for Orphans.)
- GOD LOVES THE ORPHAN
- GOD DEFENDS THE ORPHAN
- GOD COMMANDS HIS PEOPLE TO CARE FOR THE ORPHANS
- GOD OPPOSES THOSE WHO WOULD HARM THE ORPHAN
- GOD IS THE AUTHOR OF ADOPTION
- INSTANCES OF ORPHANS IN SCRIPTURE
Lot in Genesis 11:27-28
The Daughters of Zelophehad in Numbers 27:1-5
Mephibosheth in 2 Samuel 9:3.
Joash in 2 Kings 11:1-12
Esther in Esther 2:7
- INSTANCES OF "ADOPTION" IN SCRIPTURE
Moses "adopted" by Pharaoh's daughter in Exodus 2:1-10
Job cared for unnamed orphans in Job 31:16-18
Mordecai "adopted" Esther in Esther 2:7
Jesus "adopted" by Joseph in Matthew 1:18-24
Every Christian has been adopted by God through Christ Jesus - Ephesians 1:5
- International Association for Child Safety
"The International Association For Child Safety (IAFCS) is a worldwide network of child safety professionals. IAFCS Members are recognized childproofing experts and are ready to help you make your home a safe place for your little one."
- Precious Baby Protectors
Baby proofing for your home and on the go. Offices located in Houston, Austin, and Dallas.
Financial Aid Resources
- Tomorrow is a Gift
A wonderful list of grants, loans, fundraising ideas and resources to help defray and cover the expense of adoption.
- Resources 4 Adoption
This website is the product of over 9 years of research on resources for adoption both online and off.
- Both Hands coaches families how to coordinate a service project to fix up a widow’s home. The family and their team raise sponsors for their day of service, and the funds go toward the family’s adoption of their child.
- Lifesong for Orphans - Families can apply for a Lifesong grant to match the funds raised through Both Hands.
- ABBA Foundation - adoption assistance for Christian families including grants and interest-free adoption loans.
- A Child Waits - provides low-interest adoption loans and adoption grants to families adopting internationally.
- Connected Hearts Ministry - grants for families adopting children over the age of 5 with special needs, domestically and internationally.
- Ephesians 3:20 - grants for families adopting children domestically and internationally. *Note: the application window is from June 1 - September 1 of each year. They do not accept applications September 2 - May 31.
- Families Outreach - offers grants for Christian families adopting.
- God's Grace Adoption Ministry - provides a matching grant for funds raised through the family's community.
- Hand in Hand - provides a matching grant for funds raised through the family's community.
- Hands of Hope - provides a matching grant for funds raised through the family's community as well as interest-free loans to help families take full advantage of the government's adoption tax credit.
- Katelyn's Fund - offers grants for Christian families adopting.
- Heart of the Bride - offers grants for Christian families adopting.
- Noonday Collections - support adoptive families by donating a portion of Trunk Show sales to families' qualifying adoption expenses.
- Show Hope - offers grants for Christian families adopting.
- Adoption Tax Credit - eligible families can claim a tax credit for qualifying adoption expenses including necessary adoption fees, court costs, attorney fees, and other expenses directly related to the adoption.
- Project Hope Ministries - provides matching grants to Christian families that adopt older or special needs children or sibling groups from Colombia. The purpose of the match is to help encourage your friends, family, and church to give to your adoption.
- The Bair Foundation
Christian Foster Care
- Christi Yackel
Foster Care/Adoption Specialist
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
2248 South Market Street
Brenham, Texas 77833
- Adoptive Families
"Adoptive Families, the award-winning national adoption magazine, is the leading adoption information source for families before, during, and after adoption."
- Adoption Today
"Your guide to the issues and answers surrounding International and domestic adoption. Written by adoptive parents, adoptees and professionals in the fields of medicine, law, education, social work, child development and International and domestic adoption."
- Fostering Families
"Fostering Families TODAY is committed to the issues that directly impact foster and adoptive families and the children in their care."
- Institute of Child Development
Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross direct Texas Christian University's Institute of Child Development. In their book, The Connected Child, they explore (amoung many other topics)the value of good nutrition and its relationship with healthy brain chemistry.
- Texas Children's Travel Medicine Clinic
Provides vaccines required to enter foreign countries and those recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. Certain recommended vaccines may help families reduce the risk of acquiring illnesses during international travel.
- The Orphan Doctor
Dr. Jane Aronson is a pediatrician specializing in adoption medicine. "This site was designed to educate families hoping to adopt children both domestically and from abroad, starting with pre-adoption counseling to long-term developmental issues and concerns."
Military Families and Adoption
Note: Some of these resources consider older-child adoption to include children adopted over the age of 2 while others refer to older children as elementary age and above.
- Love and Logic
"Love and Logic provides simple and practical techniques to help teachers and parents have less stress and more fun while raising responsible kids. Love and Logic offers many useful techniques that teachers and parents can begin experimenting with immediately."
Products for Adoptive Families
- Adoption Shop
Offers books, scrapbooking, music, apparel, jewelry and more that refer to adoption.
- Adopt Shoppe
"A small shop for adoptive parents to find items of usefulness, value, and beauty."
Sexual Abuse and Adopted Children
For books on this topic, resources can be found at www.actforkids.org.
Books For Parents:
Especially for Parents, by DeAnn Yamamoto- Nading
Especially for Parents of Adolescents, by DeAnn Yamamoto-Nading
Understanding Children's Sexual Behaviors: Whats's Natural and Healthy, by Toni Cavanagh
Helping Children with Sexual Behavior Problems: A guidebook for Parents, by Toni Cavanagh
Helping Your Child Recover from Sexual Abuse, by Caren Adams
From Trauma to Understanding: A guide for Parents of Children with Sexual Behavior Problems, by William D. Pithers
How to Survive the Sexual Abuse of Your Child, by Christine Larsen
Ages 3-8: Loving Touches-A Book for Children about Positive Caring Kinds of Touching, by Lory Freeman
Ages 3-8: Something Happened and I'm Scared to Tell, by Patricia Kehoe
Ages 3-8: The trouble with Secrets, by Karen Johnson
Ages 3-11: It's My body- A book to teach young children how to resist uncomfortable touch, by Lory Freeman
Ages 4-8: Uncle Willys Tickles: a Child's Right to Say No, by Marcie Aboff
Ages 4-12: Telling Isn't Tattling, by Kathryn Hammersend
Ages 5-11: Please Tell! A child's story about sexual abuse ages, by Jessie
Ages 6-12: It happens to Boys too, by Jane A.W. Satullo
Ages 7 to adolescent/adults: Let's Talk about Touching, by Toni Cavanagh