Many people would probably answer that it was their parents. But if they weren’t around, hopefully a relative stepped in, or a neighbor, maybe even a teacher. But if no one was there for you… we’re so sorry. Children who need a family are near to God’s heart.
Adoption is even addressed in the Bible. Moses was adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter. Esther was adopted by her uncle Mordecai after she was orphaned. And of course, Mary’s husband Joseph raised Jesus as his earthly father, even teaching him his trade. Learn more in this Plan:
Even if you don’t feel God calling you to adopt, there are still many ways you can help. The Plan below can help you decide whether your family might want to foster. Or you could provide clothes, food, or even money for an adoptive or foster family. You can offer respite care for families who need a break, or even just a date night. Many states have programs that invite volunteers to mentor kids, and some even ask for volunteers who can take children who are in state custody on educational activities.
Everyone can do something. If you live in the U.S., you can start learning what you can do by visiting AdoptUSKids.org, or look up the Department of Human Services for your state. Also, if you follow Christ, don’t forget: you’re adopted, too!