Selecting an adoption agency is crucial in the adoption journey, bridging the gap between prospective parents and legal entities.
Adoption social workers play a crucial role in this process, with good ones offering respect, support, and effective communication, while poor ones can hinder the experience.
Christians often opt for Christian adoption agencies due to shared values, seeking non-discrimination and acceptance of their beliefs, including homeschooling and creationism over evolution. It is a decision as important as choosing a dining experience.
What distinguishes Christian-adopting organizations from other organizations?
Christians are called to stand out, and therefore, Christian agencies are expected to be distinct as well. If they were identical, it would be a letdown for many Christians. However, variations do exist.
1.Christian Social Workers.
Christian adoption agencies stand out by having social workers who are not only skilled in adoption, but also profess their Christian faith. They offer spiritual support, understanding, and respect for your religious expression.
Christian adoption agencies, not all, often prioritize a strong marriage as essential to a healthy adoption.
Some restrictions may seem discriminatory, but they stem from a love for God and specific beliefs. Seek an agency aligned with your needs and beliefs.
3. Married Couples
Christian adoption agencies often exclusively consider applications from a waiting family who is a married couple, believing that children benefit from the support and example of a loving mother and father in a family unit, especially when many lack such role models.
Christian adoption agencies may impose a minimum marriage duration of 3 months to 3 years to ensure a strong foundation for a successful adoption. Longer marriages are considered more established and stable.
5. No singles.
Several Christian adoption agencies have policies against accepting applications from single individuals. This is rooted in the belief that a couple can provide stronger and more comprehensive support than a single parent.
6. Pastoral reference.
Christian adoption agencies often request a pastoral reference to verify the applicants’ church membership and active involvement. A reference from a pastor who knows the applicants can demonstrate their commitment to their faith community.
The applicants should be:
- Ready to submit to his leadership
- Ready to be held accountable.
This practice carries significant weight, reflecting the character of applicants. They hold the pastor position in high regard and value its role in assessing applicants’ character and commitment.
7. Christian testimony.
Certain Christian adoption agencies may request a testimony, which is a personal account of one’s faith journey, the impact of Christ in one’s life, and one’s current walk with the Lord.
This is to ensure they work with committed Christians, as a testimony often reflects one’s Christian character.
Adoption would not be necessary in an ideal world, and every child would know their parents. As we engage with those in adoption journeys, let us empathize with their emotions.
May the faith community embrace their joys, sorrows, and uncertainties, promising a future where God brings comfort, healing, and unity for all in Christ.