Foster Care Adoption

For a variety of reasons, children are removed from their biological families and placed into foster care. The goal is that they will be reunified with their birth family and the family will be restored. Because we live in a broken and fallen world, this does not always happen. Foster Care Adoption occurs when children are unable to reunite with their birth family and are legally deemed adoptable through the foster care system.

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ETERNAL IMPACT

Every child needs a forever family who will point them and their birth family to Christ.

All people are made in the image of God and are valuable. Because of this, we know both birth family and baby are in need of gospel hope.

When an expectant mother chooses adoption for her child, Lifeline helps her as she chooses a family that will care for the child spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically, and who will also honor the birth family. When an expectant mother chooses to parent, Lifeline helps to connect her with tangible resources and tools, as they walk her through the gospel.

400,000+

Children in Foster Care

20,000+

Age Out Every Year

52,560

Number of Children in Group Homes

100,000+

Children Nationwide in Foster Care that Are Legally Adoptable

The Role of the Church

The Reality

Over 100,000 children living in our country alone are waiting for a family to call their own.

The Call

Foster Care Adoption is one way to respond to the biblical command in James 1:27. This verse defines the call care for the vulnerable in the world.

The Response

However you and your family feel led to respond, Lifeline has an area of ministry for you to get involved, whether through foster care and adoptive parenting, financial support, or emotional support of others in the community.

ANSWERS TO FOSTER CARE ADOPTION QUESTIONS

Commonly Asked Questions

As you consider adoption, there may be many questions that come to mind. Take a look at some of our commonly asked questions below.

Why are the children in foster care?

The top four reasons that a child is placed in foster care according to Child Protective Services (CPS) are: neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and emotional maltreatment. This can look like parental incarceration, parental death, parental hospitalization, homelessness, abandonment, or addiction.

Resource: Craig-Oldsen, Heather, et al. “Meeting 1: Welcome to the TIPS-MAPP Group Preparation and Selections Program.” Trauma-Informed PS-MAPP Partnering for Safety and Permanence-Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting Leader’s Guide, Children’s Alliance of Kansas, 2013, pp. 1–61-1–63.

 

The risks are high for children in the foster care system. A few risks are drug abuse, incarceration, mental illness, crime, labor trafficking, sexual exploitation, and suicide/death.

After you apply, you will have a few welcome and orientation calls with our Lifeline team. You will then begin the home study process and attend an in-person foster care adoption training. There will be a waiting period prior to matching. After matching, we are here for post-matching support.

A home study consists of several face-to-face interviews where we get to know your family and spend some time in education and preparation for the adoption process. Topics of discussion include your motivation to adopt, your childhood, your current marriage and family dynamics, parenting philosophies, etc. We will also collect supporting documentation including medical forms, background clearances, birth and marriage certificates, etc. There is also an emphasis on adoption education. We spend time discussing your understanding of various topics such as transracial adoption, birth parent ministry, attachment parenting, and more.

  • Background clearances
  • Physical exams for household members
  • Affirming references
  • Minimum standards inspection
  • Married for one+ years
  • Prepare and enrich survey
  • Income to care for a child for up 3 months
  • CPR/First Aid Certification
  • Discipline agreement
  • An autobiography
  • 30 hours of pre-education

We offer training and education services and pre-and post-adoptive support care. Post-adoptive support care consists of visits and calls, counseling, parent coaching, and Bridge Educational Support.

We have our Fostering Hope church resources. This curriculum provides support group guides, ways to support families, ways to minister to CPS, sermon help and promotional materials, foster care educational videos, and Families Count curriculum.

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Connect with a Local Lifeline Office

Currently, foster care adoption is only in South Dakota and Wyoming. Contact Melissa Steltz ([email protected]) for South Dakota inquiries and Katie Yim ([email protected]) for Wyoming inquiries.

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