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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

The Book I Wish I Had Read

In Defense of the Fatherless is the book I wish I read in 2010 when we began our international adoption. My husband Bill and I decided to adopt internationally after years of struggling with infertility. We read Russell Moore’s Adopted for Life and prayed about how God might use a physical adoption of children to teach us more about his great...

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...

Questions of Poverty and International Adoption

In my work consulting with families, I often meet adoptive parents who discover that they child they are adopting has a living birth parent (or parents) who might be more interested in parenting than the adoptive parents were originally led to believe. In response, many of us who have been in that position have to weigh the benefit of the...

Adoption Agency Accountability

The fight against international adoption corruption and the fight for the rights of vulnerable families rages on, but we've had a few great victories in the last week. Last week, the Department of Justice arrested four adoption agency representatives on charges of visa fraud. This is a huge signal to adoption agencies that they can't ignore what happens on the ground...