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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...

Daddies

It's June, and in America, we honor fathers during the month of June. There's a reason we refer to the vulnerable children in the title of our book as fatherless. In most societies, developed or developing, mothers seem to bear the larger burden of child care. When mothers are unavailable, it's often grandmothers and aunts who step in to raise the...

Update on Adoptions in DRC

Chapter 4 of In Defense of the Fatherless discusses the current suspension of exit letters for adopted children from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The exit letter is the last document a child needs to exit the country and immigrate to the United States. It's understood that there are at least 100 children currently waiting on exit letters - meaning...

What does it take to protect orphans and widows from injustice?

Today is day nine of ‪#‎AskBetterQuestions‬. On Thursday, Sara 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! Yesterday I received a text message from a friend in Rwanda. Angelique,...

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 should Christians respond to corruption in international adoption?

Today is the end of our first week of ‪#‎AskBetterQuestions‬. In just a few days, Sara 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! I...

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...

How does God ask us to respond to poverty and injustice?

It's the fifth day of ‪#‎AskBetterQuestions‬. As we prepare for CAFO2015, we want to engage the families, churches, leaders and influencers in a conversation about adoption and orphan care. Today on the In Defense of the Fatherless blog, we have a guest post from Mary Hoyt. Mary adopted a child from DRC in 2011. Today she is a passionate advocate for alternative care...

Is it possible to care for orphans without orphanages?

Today is day four of ‪#‎AskBetterQuestions‬. As we prepare for CAFO2015, we want to engage the families, churches, leaders and influencers in a conversation about adoption and orphan care. Today on the In Defense of the Fatherless blog, we have a guest post from Brittany Devries. Brittany lives in Panama with her husband and four children - they are Panama’s first...

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...

Who are the fatherless in the world today?

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,...

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,...