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Book Review by Jenny deGroot

In August 2015, Jenny deGroot wrote a review of our book for The Banner, a magazine published monthly by the Christian Reformed Church in North America. The authors of this new book take the biblical directive to care for the fatherless seriously. Both women were committed to traveling across the globe to adopt a child through an international agency. Their experiences, however, took...

How can we address the poverty at the root of the orphan crisis?

Today is day eight of ‪#‎AskBetterQuestions‬. In just a few days Amanda and I will be at CAFO2015. As we prepare for this gathering, we want to engage families, churches, leaders and influencers who are passionate about adoption and orphan care to stop and ask better questions. We would love for you to join in the conversation! While most Christians focus on...

How can we make orphanages better for children?

Today is day six of ‪#‎AskBetterQuestions‬. In less than a week, Amanda and I will be at CAFO2015. As we prepare for this gathering, we want to engage the families, churches, leaders and influencers who are passionate about adoption and orphan care to stop and ask better questions. We would love for you to join in the conversation! In a perfect...

Does God call Christians to visit orphans?

Today is the third day of ‪#‎AskBetterQuestions‬. In the days leading up to CAFO2015, We want to engage the families, churches, leaders and influencers who are passionate about adoption and orphan care to stop and ask better questions. We would love for you to join in the conversation! One of the primary ways Christians are responding to the global orphan crisis...

Is there an orphan crisis?

The Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit 2015 starts on April 30, 2015. Amanda Bennett and I will be attending CAFO2015 along with a handful of other advocates who are passionate about starting a conversation with the leaders of the adoption and orphan care movement. Over the next ten days, we are launching ‪#‎AskBetterQuestions‬. We want to engage the families, churches,...

Adoption Book Preview

Will you join me in defending the fatherless?

I am both humbled and thrilled to announce the launch of In Defense of the Fatherless. Over the last three years, I have been writing a book about redeeming international adoption and orphan care. Writing this book has been an incredible journey. It is hard to believe I am holding this book in my hands. I spent this weekend at the beach with a...

What the Bible doesn’t say about orphans

What is the Biblical foundation for adoption and orphan care? Is it James 1:27, which calls orphan care “pure and faultless” religion? Is it the doctrine of adoption – that God has “predestined us for adoption” (Romans 8:15) and promised us a “glorious inheritance” (Ephesians 1:18) through Jesus Christ? Or does the Biblical foundation for orphan care and adoption run deeper? I am...

What the Bible doesn’t say about adoption and orphan care

[caption id="attachment_881" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Our adopted daughter Gabrielle and her brother Zephaniah sharing a moment looking out at our garden.[/caption] What is the Biblical foundation for orphan care? Is it James 1:27, which calls orphan care "pure and faultless" religion? Is it the doctrine of adoption - that God has "predestined us for adoption" (Romans 8:15) and promised us a "glorious inheritance" (Ephesians 1:18)...

Who are the fatherless in the world today?

I just checked Facebook and Twitter after a day at work and wow - pretty much everyone who has a blog is writing about adoption ethics, the orphan crisis and what we as Christians can do to help without hurting.  It is time for this conversation to happen! When I took a sabbatical from blogging for a few months this spring,...

Who are the fatherless in the world today?

"Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation." -Psalm 68:5 I just checked Facebook and Twitter after a day at work and wow – pretty much everyone who has a blog is writing about adoption ethics, the orphan crisis and what we as Christians can do to help without hurting. It is time for this conversation...

We cannot fix a problem we do not understand

[caption id="attachment_872" align="alignleft" width="400"] This is my adopted daughter Ella, now 2.5 years old.[/caption] I want to start by saying I am thankful for Jen Hatmaker, a Christian adoptive mom and writer. She's the author of one of the most thought-provoking books I have read this year, 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess. She has a huge platform - and something...