3 Ways the Church Can Advocate for Birthmothers

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 forContinue reading “3 Ways the Church Can Advocate for Birthmothers”

Why Adoption Is a Redemptive Pro-life Option

The day Brooke Orthman walked into a pregnancy counseling center, she made a list. After seeing a faint positive on a gas station pregnancy test earlier that week, she wanted to find out if it was right. Getting pregnant wasn’t something she’d planned on as a 17-year-old working at a fast food restaurant. When theContinue reading “Why Adoption Is a Redemptive Pro-life Option”

Pro-life for All: Adoption

For many years, I longed to give life. It wasn’t that I merely coveted the title of “mother” or felt obligated to take the next step following marriage. No, the yearning ran far deeper than external pressures or an internal ticking clock. I was an image bearer who wanted to bear image bearers. But IContinue reading “Pro-life for All: Adoption”

How a Birth Mother’s Choice Is an Illustration of the Gospel

It’s an odd experience, shaking hands with the mother of your son before you get a chance to hold him. My pulse was racing when my husband and I sat down in the adoption agency office to chat with the woman who was changing our lives at great cost to her own. “Good to meetContinue reading “How a Birth Mother’s Choice Is an Illustration of the Gospel”

Why Adoption Isn’t Plan A or B

Love, marriage, baby carriage—that’s the predictable course many couples follow to fulfill the cultural mandate in Genesis to “be fruitful and multiply.” Because procreation is a natural biological process that God designed, we expect our bodies to work as intended and assume the sequence will progress in the usual way. But reproductive ability isn’t guaranteed.Continue reading “Why Adoption Isn’t Plan A or B”