As I start winding down this series, let me officially request that you seek out information and resources on your own, without riding solely on the stats and processes that I have shared. I have done my best to cite my sources and ensure that they were reliable ones, but processes, laws and numbers will vary from one region to another. Below are some links to give you a head start.
Most importantly, though, are select verses from Scripture that hold significance to me in the context of orphan care. Please read through and reflect on them, and search out ones that are meaningful to you. And then listen, friend.
We love, because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19-20)
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15)
That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed. (Romans 9:8)
“Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.” (Matthew 18:5)
To redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. (Galatians 4:5-7)
When my father and my mother forsake me,
Then the Lord will take care of me. (Psalm 27:10)
Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, (Ephesians 2:19)
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (James 1:27)
In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence,
And His children will have a place of refuge. (Proverbs 14:26)
“Can a woman forget her nursing child,
And not have compassion on the son of her womb?
Surely they may forget,
Yet I will not forget you. (Isaiah 49:15)
A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows,
Is God in His holy habitation. (Psalm 68:5)
He administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing. (Deuteronomy 10:18)
Adoption Council of Canada
The Adoption Council of Canada (ACC) is the umbrella organization for adoption in Canada
Based in Ottawa, the ACC raises public awareness of adoption, promotes the placement of waiting children and youth, and stresses the importance of post-adoption services.
Our services include adoption resources, referrals, education and support.
As a national non-profit organization that receives little government funding, the ACC is greatly dependent on the support from its national membership base, as well as donations from the general public.
Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services
Waiting to Belong
Our goal is to see as many waiting kids as possible be placed into loving, forever families. We work to shape realistic perceptions of adoption and to encourage the body of Christ to come alongside adoptive families in practical, loving ways.
Ontario's Adoptive Parents Association
Adopt 4 Life: Ontario’s voice for adoptive families.
We believe that all awaiting and adoptive families* have a right to advocacy, support and guidance throughout their lifelong journey.
* Inclusive of public, private, international adoption, kin & customary care and moral adoption.
- See more at: http://www.adopt4life.com/#sthash.N5aFi6VM.dpuf
AdoptOntario™ is for families interested in adoption – whether approved for adoption, in the process of being assessed, or making initial inquiries about the process. We support the connection between families, and children waiting in Ontario’s foster care system for a permanent family, using technology, clinical support and cooperation with adoption workers in our province’s public and private adoption systems.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
International adoption page
Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies
The voice of child welfare in Ontario
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Canada
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is driven by a single goal: finding a loving family for every child waiting in foster care to be adopted. We are North America’s only national nonprofit charity dedicated solely to finding permanent homes for the more than 130,000 children in foster care.
Deborah D. Gray
Child and Family Therapist, National Speaker and Author
Empowered To Connect
Empowered To Connect provides a study guide and other adoption and foster care resources by Dr. Karyn Purvis and others.