All of humanity, because of sin, are orphans. We are estranged from our Father God who desires a relationship with us. Through Jesus, God made a way for us to no longer be orphans, but to be adopted into his family with all the rights and privileges that come with being his child Romans 8:14-16
In the world today, there are over 18 million orphaned children, with 400,000 in the US alone. Christians have the opportunity to live out the Gospel and meet some serious needs in our world through adoption. Taking in a child and giving him or her all the privileges and rights of one of our own children, becoming a father to the fatherless, is one of the best practical expressions of the Gospel we find on this earth.
If you are interested in adoption, but unsure whether it would be a good fit for you and your family, check out the Adoption Facebook group or CLICK HERE to get in contact with someone. We have Johnston E Free families who have been through the process and are ready and willing to be resources for future adopting families.
Johnston E Free gives generously to families who adopt. If you would like to give to the general adoption fund, you can make a check out to Johnston E Free Church with "Adoption" in the memo line. Or you can click the button below to give online.
Johnston E Free offers support to qualified families to assist with adoption expenses for international adoption and domestic adoptions in 2018. This includes: a grant of $5000 for international adoptions or $3000 for domestic adoptions.
To be a "qualified family" you must be a member at Johnston E Free and fill out the Adoption Grant Form. Approved families will receive the grant once the adoption is finalized.
Join the Support Team
A strong support system can make a huge difference in helping adoptive and foster families thrive. Needs may be more intense and requests more frequent during the first year after adoption, but an ongoing circle of support is also valuable to maintain over time. People on the support team may be called upon to help in a variety of ways including but not limited to the following:
- Assistance with errands or household chores/yard work
- Childcare for siblings during a child's therapy or appointments
- Childcare for an occasional date night or for parents to attend connection group
- Availability to listen as parents vent frustrations and fears in the moment
- Advice or a sounding board for what could be making a behave a certain way
- Prayer for kids and parents in an ongoing, informed way
Ideally, a family's support team is made up of 3-5 people or couples who are in close relationship with the family already... whether as relatives, neighbors, connection group members or co-workers. Sometimes, however, being on the support team can be the beginning of an ongoing relationship.
If you would like to be available to potentially get to know and support a family with adopted or foster children please join the Adoption or Foster Care Updates and Information group and email