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  • Robinsons touched 65 lives by fostering, adoption

    October 23 2018 by Katelyn Goodwin, Missouri Pathway | with 0 comments
    Robinsons touched 65 lives by fostering, adoption

    Few people have hearts as big as Ron and Terri Robinson. In 40 years of marriage, Ron followed his calling to ministry and pastored several Baptist churches with Terri at his right hand, opening their hearts to the communities they served. Then they opened their hearts to a new calling from God as foster parents.

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  • Adoption agency protection moves forward in Congress

    July 23 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Adoption agency protection moves forward in Congress

    Legislation to prohibit government from discriminating against adoption and foster care agencies over their religious or moral convictions has taken an initial step toward potential passage in Congress. The House of Representatives Appropriations Committee included the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act (CWPIA) in a spending bill it approved July 11.

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  • Intercountry adoptions in U.S. continue decline

    April 5 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Intercountry adoptions in U.S. continue decline

    The State Department’s latest report on intercountry adoptions by Americans showed another significant decline, and adoption advocates say the trend will continue without change in the U.S. government. The March 23 report revealed Americans adopted 4,714 foreign-born children during the 2016-17 fiscal year, a 12 percent decrease from the previous year.

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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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  • The end of international adoption?

    March 6 2018 by Kiley Crossland, WORLD Digital | with 0 comments
    The end of international adoption?

    New regulations and fees announced by the U.S. State Department could spell the end of intercountry adoptions in the United States. The changes, which went into effect Feb. 15, include a new $500 monitoring and oversight fee for adoptive families, as well as an increase in the cost of accreditation for adoption agencies.

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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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  • Adoption: a pro-life battle

    January 22 2018 by Liz Tablazon, BR Staff Writer | with 2 comments
    Adoption: a pro-life battle

    Three weeks after Joseph and Laura Thigpen, members of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, brought their two-year-old daughter home from Ethiopia after a grueling four-year process, the Ethiopian Parliament voted Jan. 9 to ban all foreign adoptions. The couple now asked about the millions of children left without families.

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  • Kentucky adoption czar Dan Dumas steps down

    January 19 2018 by Tom Latek, Kentucky Today | with 0 comments
    Kentucky adoption czar Dan Dumas steps down

    A spokesman for Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said the decision to terminate the contract of the state’s adoption czar was made because the administration “has decided to move in a different direction.” Dan Dumas had been appointed in May to be the point man on revamping the state’s adoption and foster care system.

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  • House restores adoption tax credit

    November 13 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    House restores adoption tax credit

    A longstanding but endangered benefit for adopting families has gained new life in Congress. Republicans in the House of Representatives amended their tax reform proposal to include the adoption tax credit in a committee vote Nov. 9, which was World Adoption Day.

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  • GOP tax plan, ACLU lawsuit threaten U.S. adoptions

    November 6 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    GOP tax plan, ACLU lawsuit threaten U.S. adoptions

    Adoption in America is facing challenges from both the right and the left. Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled a tax reform proposal Nov. 2 that wipes out the adoption tax credit, a benefit available to some adoptive parents the last two decades.

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  • ACLU fights faith-based child placement agencies

    October 6 2017 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    ACLU fights faith-based child placement agencies

    The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging a Michigan law that allows faith-based foster care and adoption agencies to operate according to their biblical convictions. The lawsuit, filed against the state Sept. 20 in federal court, could jeopardize similar laws across the nation and force faith-based agencies to close.

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  • Adoptee’s first act of love: aiding his homeland

    August 17 2017 by Lily Jameson, Baptist Global Response | with 0 comments
    Adoptee’s first act of love: aiding his homeland

    People huddled in blankets near Ha Tsolosa, Lesotho. The January rain drizzled around them, a sign the recent drought was ending. The lack of rain had lasted two years and had devastated crops so badly many villagers had run out of food. Soon, aid workers started unloading relief items including bags of food from trucks.

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  • Viral adoption video garners ABC’s Persons of the Week

    August 9 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Viral adoption video garners ABC’s Persons of the Week

    ABC’s Persons of the Week are only a handful in – well – 7.5 billion residents worldwide. Enter Shane Pruitt, his wife Kasi, and their daughters jubilant at the unexpected introduction to the family’s newly adopted baby girl, just one month old.

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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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  • 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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