Christian Adoption Guide

The Christian faith has long been a love-centered faith. Adoption is part of that love.

Meghan Rivard February 19, 2015

This guide will discuss the Christian view of adoption, what Christian scriptures say about adoption, adoption stories from the Bible, and Christian-based adoption agencies and forums.

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Christianity and Adoption
1. Christianity and Adoption

The Christian Website, Got Questions explains the Christian perspective of adoption this way:

“Once we give our hearts to Christ, believing and trusting in Him alone for salvation, God says we become part of His family-not through the natural process of human conception, but through adoption. Clearly adoption-both in the physical sense and the spiritual sense- is shown in favorable light in scripture.”

The adoption metaphor is the perfect example of showing how Christ wants us in His family. The love lavished on a child from parents and family is similar to the grace that Christ lavishes on us.

Christ and Adoption
2. Christ and Adoption

The ultimate adoption story is Christ’s story.

This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. (Matthew 1:18-25)


God was adopted. In this, God establishes the honor of raising a child that is not biologically related to his or her parents.

What the Bible Says About Adoption
3. What the Bible Says About Adoption

“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship [adoption]. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father’” (Romans 8:15).

“His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave Him great pleasure” (Ephesians 1:5).

“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me” (Matthew 18:5).

"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the word” (James 1:27).

“Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation" (Psalm 68:5).

Adoption Stories from the Bible
4. Adoption Stories from the Bible

The first adoption story is the story of Moses. He was born during a time when it was ordered for all Hebrew male infants to be killed. So his birth mother, Jochebed, placed him in a basket and sent him down the river, where one of Pharaoh's daughters found him. “And when he was exposed, Pharaoh’s daughter adopted him and brought him up as her own son” (Acts 7:21).

Another story is about Esther. She was adopted by her cousin after her parents’ died, and she went on to become a queen. “He was bringing up Hadassah, that is Esther, the daughter of his uncle, for she had neither a father nor mother. The young women had a beautiful figure and was lovely to look at, and when her father and her mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter” (Esther 2:7).

Another story is regarding Samuel, who was fostered and later became a prophet. “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men” (2 Samuel 7:14).

Adoption.com Photolisting
5. Adoption.com Photolisting

Adoption.com offers photolistings of foster children and international orphans waiting for a loving family.

Check out our photolistings to see some of God's children who may be waiting for you.

Christian-Centered Adoption Agencies
6. Christian-Centered Adoption Agencies

There are many Christian-centered adoption agencies. Here are a few that may help you in your adoption process.

International Christian Adoption Agency: America World

Christian Adoption Services

Christian Alliance for Orphans

Nightlight Christian Adoptions

You can also find Christian adoption agencies near you at our Reviews page.

Adoption Navigators
7. Adoption Navigators

Adoption Navigators provides you with quality expertise in sharing your dream of adopting. We provide unparalleled adoption marketing and one-on-one coaching to beautifully show expectant parents who you are and tell your story. With Adoption Navigators you receive premier advertising exposure on Adoption.com, assistance building your profile and creating a video, and expanded reach through social media and search engines such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo. Adoption.com has more than 16 years of experience helping families connect with potential birth parents.

Let us help you increase your exposure to potential birth parents and decrease your adoption wait time.

Click here to get started.

Christian-Centered Adoption Forums
9. Christian-Centered Adoption Forums

Connect with other Christian parents who are hoping to adopt in our Forums.

Parent Profiles
10. Parent Profiles

Creating a profile on Adoption.com Parent Profiles allows you to easily share your story with those considering placing their child for adoption. Features like videos and photos, posts, Pinterest-like favorites, and recommendations and endorsements make it easy to create a profile as unique as you are, increasing the likelihood that you will stand out and connect with that right person.

Rich communication options like video chat and instant messaging make connecting easy. A mobile-responsive design means that you will never be out of reach.

What’s more, Adoption.com receives over 650,000 monthly visits, which means your profile will receive unparalleled exposure. You can even view and monitor your progress through a detailed statistics page.

Ready to get started? Visit Parent Profiles.

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Meghan Rivard

Meghan is an adoptive mother and a big advocate of adoption and foster care. She resides in Indiana with her husband, their one-year-old daughter who is the center of their lives, and their dog Max. She has a Bachelor's and Master’s Degree in Social Work. Meghan stays at home with her daughter but is so happy she found this outlet to share her personal adoption story and educate about adoption!


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