ADOPTION

“He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.” Ephesians 1:5

“I am willing to accept any child who would be aborted, and to give that child to a married couple who will love the child, and be loved by the child. From our children’s home in Calcutta alone, we have saved over 3,000 children from abortions.These children have brought such love and joy to their adopting parents, and have grown up so full of love and joy!”

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

We don’t often think about adoption as being scriptural. Generally, not a topic of discussion within many circles, yet we have become the adopted sons and daughters of God through Jesus Christ. In Gal. 3:26 we read, “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” Through this adoption we have become heirs to the kingdom of God. Heirs to the fullness of His blessings and graces and love.  Heirs to everlasting life through our Lord’s final redemptive act; death on the cross and resurrection into heaven.

The Eastern Moral Catechism affirms couples regarding adoption and offers this ray of hope for a couple faced with infertility (bareness). It trusts that this couple would not succumb to the despair of the loss of a child, but instead would be “open to others and take on caring for them.” 1.)

What immense joy when an adoptive mom holds her new adopted child in her arms. Although she never gave birth her love knows no bounds.  Although her memories do not include pregnancy feelings and discomforts of labour, her memories are from the openness of her heart as the love for the child grew there without being felt, without being seen, without physical evidence of a new life within her.

Although the adoption process can be an emotional one for both the birth family and the adoptive family, it is a very rewarding process when the welfare of the child has been addressed and there is ongoing support for both birth and adoptive families

There are many children, youth and young adults within the province of Saskatchewan and indeed around the world that need a Christian family to love and care for them. If you have thought about adoption and are not quite sure how to go about it, please look at the following links. If you are considering putting your child up for adoption, please see Adoption links.

The following links provide important information regarding adoptions.

 ADOPTION IN SASKATCHEWAN

www.socialservices.gov.sk.ca/adoption

www.adoptionsask.org (also check out LINKS in this website)

 ADOPTION IN CANADA

www.davethomasfoundation.ca

http://adoptionincanada.ca

 INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION

www.canadaadopts.com/canada/overseas.shtml

The following link has great information about adopting from Ukraine.

http://tdhontario.tdh.ca/ukraine.html

 FOSTER CARE

These links provide information on Foster Care in Saskatchewan.

http://www.gov.sk.ca/news?newsId=4c7f7301-6c63-45a9-abc3-b3b76d640d42

http://www.sffa.sk.ca

www.socialservices.gov.sk.ca/foster-care

http://www.socialservices.gov.sk.ca/foster-families-brochure.pdf

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Father, we abandon ourselves into your hands,

to send a child … or not … as you see fit.

You by whom the Word was made flesh, send us a miracle,

 if this is what you desire.

Or lead us to her/him, if that be your will.

We do not ask for guarantees; no parent can.

Only light enough for the very next step.

We do not ask for a perfect child, nor can we promise to be perfect parents.

Whatever you choose for us, whatever you desire we abandon ourselves to your perfect will.

We are ready to offer our daily “yes,”until that perfect will be revealed in us.

And until, at last perfected, we bear witness to the work of redemption

 you began in Eden.

We love you, Lord, and offer ourselves to you, wholly and without reservation.

We surrender ourselves, moment by moment, knowing that this is only the 

first small step of a lifetime of surrender, 

so that we may be made more perfect in love.

That we might imitate, on earth as in heaven, the redemptive love

the adoptive love the selfless love with which you first loved us.

                                                                                                      Written by: Heidi Hess Saxton 

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