God designed children to be raised in families. Many times, due to various circumstances, children are not able to be raised in their birth families, so they are in need of new, permanent families through adoption.

Though many people typically view adoption as a couple bringing a single, healthy, newborn baby into their families, adoption takes on many other forms as well. There are often sibling sets that need adoptive families. Many older kids need adoptive families. Many kids with special needs are in need of adoptive families as well. It is important as followers of Jesus that we remain open to what He is calling us to do and who He might be calling us to adopt.

There are three different types of adoption:

  1. Domestic
  2. International
  3. Adoption from foster care

Open vs. Closed Adoptions

In an open adoption, birth families remain involved in the child’s life through visits, phone calls, etc.

In a closed adoption, there is little to no contact between the child’s adoptive family and his or her birth family.

Why Adopt?

Anglicans For Life believes there is no more uniquely Christian calling than that of adoption.  Other faiths or moral teachings may share some aspects of the ethical life described in the Scriptures; they may agree that a moral person should be generous to the poor, enact impartial justice, not oppress the weak. But to care for the orphan and fatherless, specifically through adoption, is irrevocably entwined with our understanding of what it means to be a Christian.

Adoption Options

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.

Special Needs Adoptions

Not all adoptions involve newborn 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.

Traditional Adoption

Traditional adoptions involve working with an agency, lawyer, or humanitarian effort to legally adopt a child. 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.


Some adoptions can be costly. If God is calling your family to adopt, do not let cost be a barrier. Anglicans For Life has an adoption grant fund to help Anglican families offset some of those costs. There are other organizations that might be able to help as well.


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