Calvary Life - Adoption / Foster Care Ministry

"Adoption is the highest privilege that the Gospel affords." – J.I. Packer

We desire Calvary to be a place where orphans are cared for in the greatest ways possible. We encourage our family of faith to be actively involved in any way personally possible when it comes to orphan care. Some can adopt and/or foster, others can help and support those who do, lightening the load and helping carry their burdens. We have called for Calvary to act in following ministry initiatives:

Pray for those who are considering adoption or foster care or those that already have.
- God’s will, grace, discernment, focus, patience, strength, wisdom, etc.

Organize practical/logistical support for those in or who have completed the process.
- Meals, rides, relief care, materiel needs, etc.

Mentor families that have embarked on the journeys of foster care and /or adoption.
- Guidance, counseling, prayer, support, liaison, etc.

International Adoption

There can be many factors to consider as you sort through how God might be calling your family to care for the orphaned and vulnerable child. Many families feel their response to this call is pursuing international adoption, but it can be difficult to know how to get started. More than just meeting a humanitarian need or improving their quality of life, we are committed to growing the kingdom through growing families. 

Many Calvary families have used Lifeline Children's Services for International Adoption. Lifeline is committed to walking alongside your family throughout this entire journey—from initial inquiry to post adoption support. Lifeline has the opportunity to serve in 18 different countries around the world. Lifeline partners with missional, Christian families who desire to impact the life of a child and to see the Gospel transform communities around the world.

Learn More at https://cp.lifelinechild.org/international/  

Domestic Adoption

At any given time in the state of Alabama, hundreds of children in foster care are awaiting a loving and caring adoptive home. Many have never felt the warmth and joy that comes from a forever family. Most have been placed in agency custody due to parental neglect or physical abuse. The good news is that the lives of these children can be brightened forever by just one person – you.

Learn More at https://dhr.alabama.gov/adoption/  

Foster Care

Currently in Alabama, there are approximately 6000 children in foster care. Some simply need foster care for a matter of days. Others may need foster care until they are reunited with their biological family or a plan is made for them to be adopted. All of these children share the need for a caring and committed family that can bring them the future they deserve. The next round of DHR foster care classes begin in January 2021.

Learn More at https://dhr.alabama.gov/foster-care/

Family Restoration

Families Count is a 6-week parent education class for parents at-risk of losing their children to foster care, or seeking to regain custody of their children. Not only will we have the opportunity to teach them biblical and healthy parenting, but also share the hope of the gospel and provide mentors to walk alongside them through this journey.

Families Count classes will start in early 2021. If you would like to serve as a mentor for a man or woman on this journey, please let us know by emailing Matthew at Matthew@calvarydothan.com. A mandatory mentor training will take place in January of 2021.

Adoption Assistance Fund

Calvary Baptist Church has helped our church family pursue adoption by giving over $77,000 since the fund was established 18 months ago. These funds are currently being put to work in our church body as multiple families are currently in process to bring new ones home. If you feel led to contribute to replenish our Adoption Assistance fund, you can mark it on your gift, or select the fund when giving online.

To give please visit https://www.calvarydothan.com/GiveOnline/