Adoption

Snowflake Adoption

In Snowflake Adoption an adopting family is able to use the frozen embryos from another couple’s in vitro fertilization process to achieve a pregnancy and give birth to an adopted child. Nightlight Christian Adoptions pioneered embryo adoption in 1997. Since then, 460 babies have been born and 1,100 families have donated embryos.

Birth Parents

We are eager to praise and value parents who adopt children—but what about the mothers and fathers who place them for adoption? Birthparents often face lack of support or even condemnation from friends and family for not choosing abortion and then can be left with complicated feelings after placing the child for adoption. For the life-affirming decision they made, birthparents need to be valued and affirmed.

Adoptive Parents

Adoptive Parents face their own challenges. The adoption process can often be long and frustrating. An adoption possibility can fall through, administrative delays are not uncommon, and the knowledge that women are choosing abortion, when they dearly want a child themselves, can be painful. But adoptive parents also know the joy of opening their hearts to a child in need of a home and creating a loving family.

Special Needs Adoptions

Not all adoption stories are about new born babies. Many children in need of adoption have special needs, such as physical or mental disabilities, have been physically, sexually or emotionally abused, are groups of siblings who want to stay together, are older teens, or have been exposed to drugs or HIV. Adopting special needs children requires emotional and spiritual resolve, but these children are especially in need of a loving home.

Learn about Adoption

The process of adoption is much different today than in the past. It can be a very long and detailed process for couples and families desiring to adopt, and there are more options for women placing children for adoption. Typically, there are three types of adoption in the United States:

Open adoption allows the birth mother to not only choose the parents for her child but also work with the prospective adoptive couple to decide what, if any, future communication she wants to have with them and her child after the placement, and in what form.

Semi open adoptions allow some identifying information to be exchanged between the adoptive parents and the birth parents

Closed adoption means no identifying information is exchanged and no contact occurs with the adoptive parents or child.

How Does Adoption Benefit Birth Mothers?

Sadly, many women considering adoption or abortion will often chose the latter, as adoption, to them, seems as though they are abandoning their babies. In fact, not only does adoption allow their children to live and bring joy to the families who adopt them, but it has shown to be a benefit for the birth mother. Women who have chosen adoption for an unplanned pregnancy are more likely to finish school and delay marriage. They are less likely to live in poverty, receive public assistance, and have another unplanned pregnancy.

Why Should Adoption Be Important to the Church?

According to the book of James “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows.” (James 1:27 NIV). It is part of our duty as Christians to protect the fatherless and orphan, and adoption is one of the best ways we can care for and love these children. Additionally, as children of God, we come into God’s family through adoption. Therefore, as we have been adopted into Christ, we must affirm and celebrate adopted children, adoptive parents, and birth parents.


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