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  • KBC, Sunrise win dismissal of adverse legal settlement

    June 4 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    KBC, Sunrise win dismissal of adverse legal settlement

    A federal judge has thrown out a legal settlement that would have allowed the American Civil Liberties Union to review whether a Southern Baptist foster home uses state funds to proselytize children. The settlement in a lawsuit the ACLU filed against Sunrise Children’s Services, the Kentucky Baptist Convention …

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  • Oklahoma Senate votes for adoption protection

    March 14 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Oklahoma Senate votes for adoption protection

    The Oklahoma Senate voted 35-9 for Senate Bill 1140, a proposal that would protect private organizations from being required to take part in the placement of a child for foster care or adoption when the action would violate their “written religious or moral convictions or policies.”

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  • Adoption, foster care common in churches, study says

    January 25 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Adoption, foster care common in churches, study says

    The Bible has a lot to say about caring for orphans. Protestant churches in the United States appear to be listening. About 4 in 10 Protestant churchgoers say their congregation has been involved with adoption or foster care in the past year, according to a study released by LifeWay Research.

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  • Twin sisters discover ‘above, beyond’ foster care

    July 12 2017 by Carrie Brown McWhorter, The Alabama Baptist | with 0 comments
    Twin sisters discover ‘above, beyond’ foster care

    When Michaela Sanderson Guthrie was 11 years old, a social services caseworker gave her an unimaginable choice – live with a family member or enter foster care. “My sister looked at me and I said ‘foster care.’ … Looking back, I totally believe it was the Lord speaking through me,” Guthrie said.

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  • Texas shields Christian adoption agencies from bias suits

    July 5 2017 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD News Services | with 0 comments
    Texas shields Christian adoption agencies from bias suits

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed legislation that protects faith-based foster and adoption care agencies from lawsuits challenging their biblically based operational standards. Facing the threat of ruinous lawsuits for refusing to work with gay couples or provide abortions for children in their care, agency directors said they would have been forced to close their doors.

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  • Affirm LGBT lifestyles, foster care workers ordered

    June 2 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Affirm LGBT lifestyles, foster care workers ordered

    Foster care workers and families in Illinois must allow gay and transgender youth to express and explore their chosen gender identity and sexual orientation, according to a new state governmental directive. Termination is among the penalties workers with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services would face for violating the policy.

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  • 7-year-old turns lemonade into ministry for foster kids

    May 26 2017 by Lauren Capraro, Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments
    7-year-old turns lemonade into ministry for foster kids

    Those who know her would probably describe A’Layah Robinson as no ordinary 7-year-old, but a giver. Growing up in foster care, she and her brothers know the struggles of going from one house to the next. One Saturday afternoon, Robinson saw a group of teenagers at a lemonade stand, and something sparked in her heart. ...

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  • Pastor, wife grow family with adoptions through Sunrise

    May 26 2017 by Brandy Crase, Kentucky Today | with 0 comments
    Pastor, wife grow family with adoptions through Sunrise

    Since the beginning of their marriage 16 years ago, a Kentucky Baptist pastor and his wife had always wanted lots of children. Bryan and Krista Grigg’s hopes were fulfilled earlier this month with the adoption of three additional kids through Sunrise Children’s Services, the ministry that is serving more than 1,200 abused and neglected children.

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  • Protection for children’s homes goes to Texas Senate

    May 18 2017 by Bonnie Pritchett, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Protection for children’s homes goes to Texas Senate

    A Texas bill offering legal protection for faith-based foster and adoption care agencies is on its way to the state’s Senate floor for debate. Biblically faithful agencies who find themselves at odds with the politics of sexual identity are seeking relief from the Texas legislature that would allow them to continue ministering to children in accordance with their faith.

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  • Family opens home to BCH foster care ministry

    May 15 2017 by Jim Edminson, BCH Communications | with 0 comments
    Family opens home to BCH foster care ministry

    Amanda and Jeremy Parton, with their two daughters, are a Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina’s (BCH) foster care family. Currently, they have one foster child living with them. “Being a part of an organization that aligns with our Christian faith is so important,” Jeremy Parton says. “It was a blessing joining the BCH family.”

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  • Seminary VP named to Kentucky adoption/foster care post

    May 5 2017 by Tom Latek, Kentucky Today | with 0 comments
    Seminary VP named to Kentucky adoption/foster care post

    Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed a seminary vice president, Daniel S. Dumas, to oversee the revamping of the state’s adoption and foster care system. Dumas, senior vice president for institutional administration at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, and his wife Jane have two adopted sons, Aidan and Elijah.

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  • Baptists partner with Tennessee foster care system

    April 21 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Baptists partner with Tennessee foster care system

    Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services has found a valuable partner to help improve the state’s foster care system: faith-based organizations like the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Homes (TBCH). Since December, TBCH has participated in a collaboration of government and the private sector to encourage foster parenting.

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  • Advocates back effort to aid foster children

    March 30 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Advocates back effort to aid foster children

    Advocates for children needing families voiced their approval of new federal legislation designed to improve the placement of children in quality foster care families. The National Adoption and Foster Care Home Study Act would enhance the matching of children and families in the foster care system by establishing a national standard.

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  • A foster story authored by God

    January 18 2017 by Kristi Prince, Oklahoma Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments
    A foster story authored by God

    Bobby and Molly Edwards are models of God’s mandate in James 1:27 to love and care for those whom society often neglects. Since 2006, they have opened their home and hearts to nearly 60 foster children. Molly herself was adopted through the foster system and her parents hosted 101 foster children in their home.

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  • Website to aid foster care, adoption in Kentucky

    June 29 2016 by Kentucky Today Staff | with 0 comments
    Website to aid foster care, adoption in Kentucky

    A new website aims to make it easier for Kentucky parents to navigate the foster care and adoption process. “Every child deserves a loving home,” First Lady Glenna Bevin said in unveiling the website with Kentucky Health and Family Services Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson.

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