an orphan care ministry of Castleview Baptist Church. Mission and Objective. To glorify God by creating a culture of orphan care at Castleview by providing resources and information to adopting and foster parents and those who will support them.
“We have been given adoption as a gift and as a sign of the Gospel.
The adoption of any child is a portrait of God’s grace…
every adopted child is a pointer to the Gospel.”
Orphan care is …
I was adopted when I was eighteen years old. I wasn’t an orphan, the way most people think of that term. I wasn’t an abandoned child. But I was in a condition far more serious: I was a stranger to the family of God, a slave to sin, and an object of the justified wrath of God.
Not every family is meant to adopt or foster children
All followers of Christ are commanded to care for widows and orphans
In obedience all Christians can do something that will help there be One Less Orphan in the world.
Pray for orphans
Give to a family who is adopting or fostering
Talk to a neighbor about orphan care
Between 2006 and 2010 international adoptions in the US dropped from 22,000 to 11,000 children per year.Orphan Care Statistics
* In 2006 there were 9,204 churches in Indiana
spiritual adoption by God through Christ.
Fellowship groups can be an ideal place for the church to meet these needs and serve one-another.
WRAP Around Fellowship groups
Include the families current group and possible one more to support, pray and assist the family throughout the orphan care process.
Provide encouragement, prayer, child care, financial support, meals ….
“The Gospel of Jesus Christ means our families and churches ought to be at the forefront of the adoption of orphans … As we become more attuned to the Gospel, we’ll have more of a burden for orphans. As we become more adoption-friendly, we’ll be better able to understand the Gospel.”
(Interested in Adopting)
(In the Process)
“There are huge costs in adopting children. Some are financial; some are emotional.
There are costs in time and stress for the rest of your life.
There is something very deep and right about the
embrace of this cost for the life of a child!”
Who Is ABBA Fund?
The ABBA Fund is a Christian non-profit organization that exists to provide financial assistance to Christian couples who are called by God to grow their families through adoption, who are committed to training their children in a Biblical manner, and who need help with the “cash flow crunch” posed by adoption expenses.
We have partnered with local churches, adoption agencies, community groups and businesses around the country to help establish local adoption funds. We provide administration and an approval process at no charge.
*ABBA Fund was approved for use by CBC Elders in 2009.
Setting realistic expectations
Prepare parents to meet the unique needs of adopted or fostered children
Orphan Care Common Grace Groups
Discuss the gospel in parenting
Orphan Care is not safe
Children who experienced previous trauma may have a difficult time adjusting to their new adoptive family – no matter how committed and loving the family may be.