Joy Villa – Choose Life Over Abortion

When Joy Villa was given the opportunity to choose life, she did. And she chose to place her child for adoption.  Villa explained that she has a message:

Consider adoption. Consider life.  Consider carrying your baby to term, and placing your unborn child with a caring, nurturing, happy family.

 

You will survive this. You will make it through.  And you absolutely, 100 percent, deserve all

 the happiness and love in the world. You’re so much stronger than you know.

You deserve a second chance at life… and your baby deserves a first chance.

Life is precious.  And so are you.

For the full story on Joy Villa, click here.

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Letter of Reference for Adoption Home Study

Has anyone ever asked you to write an letter of reference for an adoption home study?  If so, you are probably wondering, “How do I do that?” and “What is an adoption home study?”

Let’s cut right to the chase.  If you want a template for writing an adoption home study, here it is:

February 5, 2018

To whom it may concern,

I have known Joe and Sally Smith for 10 years.  I have been involved with Joe and Sally as members of the neighborhood watch committee and in Sunday school classes.

I have observed that Joe and Sally are very kind and patient people.  Although they do not have any children of their own, they have always interacted in a kind and friendly way with the children at our church.  Joe and Sally are always pleasant to each other and the people around them.

I do not know of anything in their character or history that should prevent them from being successful adoptive parents.  I give my unreserved recommendation that they be allowed to adopt a child/ children.

Sincerely,

Martha Earnest

Now, if you are still interested, an adoption home study is a process that everyone has to go through if they are seeking to adopt an unrelated child. The home study will be written by an licensed social worker. The social worker is tasked with investigating key elements of a prospective adoptive parent’s life and reporting those findings to the court or other government entity.

The letters of reference from members of the community is just one way for the court to evaluate whether prospective adoptive parents are suitable to take in a child for adoption.

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A Robust History of Orphan Care

Did you know that the Christian Church has a robust history of orphan care?  And adoption is a big piece of that picture.

“When we first meet the mention of the adoption and bringing up of foundlings, this work appears not as a novelty, but as one long practiced.”  The research of Dr. John Aloisi points out that “[e]arly church history is replete with references to the fact that believers, and especially church leaders, were involved in orphan care.” A most remarkable historical artifact is how central orphan-care was thought of in relation to a healthy and genuine Christian orthopraxy. In fact, writing around 110 AD, Ignatius warned the church in Smyrna about men who held heretical opinions about the message of Christianity. Ignatius warned the church that these men were “contrary to the mind of God,” and could be identified, in part, by the lack of concern for the orphan. We can see this principle reiterated in the contemporaneous writing, Epistle of Barnabas, wherein the author describes indifference towards orphans as a mark of those hostile to the church:

It is the way of persecutors of the good, of those who hate truth, love a lie, do not know the reward of righteousness, do not adhere to what is good or to righteous judgment, who ignore the widow and the orphan…have no mercy for the poor, do not work on behalf of the oppressed, are reckless with slander, do not know the one who made them, are murderers of children…who turn away from someone in need…utterly sinful.

The practical application of this principle is profound. Do you question whether preacher so-and-so maintains a heretical position? Look to his orthopraxy—does he have concern for the orphan? Or, the application for minister so-and-so; are you being accused of heresy? If you can hold up a lifestyle of care for the orphan, you have tipped the scales one degree in favor of your vindication.

Such a rhetorical model may at first seem invalid as an ad hominem fallacy. However, remember Job’s discourse with his accusers. The accusation of someone’s argument being invalid because of the lack of concern for the orphan was hurled at Job, and Job hurled the same argument back at his accuser. Whether such progression is logically invalid, caring for orphans is certainly a fruit by which a tree may be known.

As the church continued to grow in maturity, around the year 110 AD, Polycarp extended these orphan-care principles to hail that in order to qualify as an elder or presbyter, a man’s life must be marked by active care of orphans: “The presbyters, for their part, must be compassionate, merciful to all, turning back those who have gone astray, visiting all the sick, not neglecting a widow, orphan, or poor person, but always aiming at what in honorable in the sight of God and of people.”

Justin Martyr’s observations around the same time coincide with Polycarp’s presbyter-requirement. Justin Martyr described a Christian worship service as progressing from celebrating the Lord’s Supper to money being deposited with “the bishop, who takes care of the orphans” and other socially vulnerable persons – looking after “all who are in need.”

In the third century, the Didascalia Apostolorum gives even more specificity to the orphan-care criteria for qualification to the office of elder. Dr. Aloisi explains that [o]ne of the requirements in this list is that the candidate has been known as “a father to the orphans.” This document then goes on to describe a suitable candidate for the bishopric as one who has been “a lover of toil, a lover of widows, a lover of orphans.”

Furthermore, we can see the examples and admonitions of “average” Christians to live-out their faith by visiting orphans in their affliction. In the Apology of Aristides the Philosopher, written around 125 A.D., Aristides writes to Caesar Hadrian, arguing that Christianity is superior to other world-views. Aristides makes his case, in part, by show the unblemished good works of the average Christian; which includes the simple fact that “they deliver the orphan from him who treats him harshly.”

The fourth century Apostolic Constitutions gives instruction to the church for caring for a child of the church who has become an orphan. The Apostolic Constitution teaches that “he or she should be adopted by ‘one of the brethren…for they which do so perform a great work, and become fathers to orphans, and shall receive the reward of this charity from the Lord God’ (4.1.1).” So important was orphan-care to the mark of a follow of Christ in the early church that “[a] number of early (post-Constantine) burial inscriptions speak specifically of church leaders engaged in the care of orphans, of Christian orphanages for foundlings, and of church funds being used to support the care of exposed infants.”

Now, let’s pause here to remember that there is only one Bible, and neither these writings nor the historical examples are included in it. As such, they should not be held to have the same authority. However, these respected church fathers’ opinions should be held as persuasive. Especially when the “democracy of the dead” speaks with such uniformity. In summation, care of orphans was no passing fancy of the early church. Lack of orphan care was a mark of a heretic, positive engagement with orphan ministry was a requirement for the office of elder, and the average Christian’s acts of caring for orphans served as a persuasive apologetic to the surrounding pagan world.


Excerpts taken from The End of Orphan Care, and footnotes omitted.

How do I prepare my kids for an adoption?

16593055798_02c2e664fa_bHere at the Adoption Law Firm, we hear a lot of concern about introducing an adopted child to their new siblings. Here are the practices we have found most helpful:

  1. 1. Involve them in the process as early as possible.

While it may not be a great idea to inform your child too early in the process, for fear of adoption not working out, involving your child early on can help them have to time to prepare to be a big brother or sister. Have them talk about the new child regularly to warm them up to the idea.

2. Have your children pray for their new sibling.

This one may seem obvious, but the power of prayer can never be understated. During prayer time, let your child say their own prayer for their new sibling. Praying for their future brother or sister will build their excitement to welcome them into the family. It will also help to show important this new child is to the family.

3. Involve your children in home preparation for the new child.

Let your others kids help set up a nursery or bedroom. Let them help pick out toys or books and give their input into what they think their new little brother or sister would like to play with. Involving your kids in little things throughout the process will help them get used to the idea that another little person is coming to join the family.

4. Read a bible story, book or watch a movie about adoption.

Teach your child about the story of Moses, Esther, or even our adoption into God’s family and relate that to how you are adopting a child into your family. There are also many secular books that have been written specifically to help introduce a new child to your family.

What has worked for your family when introducing a new sibling through adoption?

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Article by Haley Horn.

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Back In Full Swing

The Adoption Law Firm is Back in Full Swing!

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After a hiatus of full-time work with one of the country’s top orphan-care groups, Sam McLure has resumed is focus on advocating for abused and vulnerable children with The Adoption Law Firm.

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The McLure’s recently moved to the Birmingham-metro area.  They love their neighborhood, church family, and the Birmingham community.

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