Cowritten with Brittany Salmon
The Church is no stranger to adoption. Many congregations in the United States observe Orphan Care Sunday, host fundraisers for prospective adoptive parents, and sponsor adoption charities and scholarships.
As we celebrate two adoption awareness events in November, National Adoption Month and National Adoption Day, we might feel confident advocating for adoption. Being well-versed in James 1:27, we understand the call to help children in need and have programs in place to assist adoptive parents with costs and logistics. But when discussing domestic infant adoption, we don’t often highlight the concerns of adoptees and their birthmothers.
Amid our efforts to be doers of the Word and support adoption in our communities, we need to extend our advocacy to birthmothers who choose adoption out of love for their children. Though adoption doesn’t always involve a rosy biological family backstory, we can still respect birthmothers’ inherent dignity, love them as our neighbors, and appreciate how they can illustrate the redemptive beauty of the gospel.
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2 thoughts on “3 Ways the Church Can Advocate for Birthmothers”
Thank you for writing. As an adoptee, I really appreciate it when people in the church highlight the lesser championed cause of advocating for the birth mother and praying for her well being. I found your blog through your recent Fathom article (help from the microwave) and really appreciated that piece as well. May God bless your ministry.
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Hi Alicia, thanks for your comment! It’s a joy and honor to advocate for birthmothers. We’re deeply grateful for our son’s birthmother and her family. Though adoption involves loss, we praise God for how he redeems brokenness, especially through open relationships. Blessings to you and your family!