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  • Lilly receives special Christmas gift from Chitwoods

    by Roger Alford/Kentucky Today , posted Friday, December 07, 2018 (7 days ago)

    Photo by Robin Cornetet/Kentucky Today
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Sure, 6-year-old Lilly has the typical wish list for Christmas, including Barbie dolls and a dollhouse. But it was something much more meaningful that she longed for most: a family of her own.

    For the past three years, Lilly had been in foster care through Sunrise Children's Services, a Kentucky Baptist organization that ministers to abused and neglected kids. Her story is one that has become all too familiar to Kentucky authorities in a culture where drug addiction is rampant.

    As a toddler, Lilly faced tough times and was well acquainted with hunger while she was in the care of a drug-addicted birth mother. Read More

  • Couple with 10 kids joins adoption/foster care reform

    by Tom Latek/Kentucky Today , posted Friday, August 03, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Submitted photo from Gov. Bevin's office
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- A former Florida pastor and his wife have been named by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin to help implement reforms to the state's adoption and foster care system under legislation approved by the 2018 General Assembly.

    Chris and Alicia Johnson will work closely with the Department for Community Based Services, part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, to support the department's ongoing adoption and foster care initiatives, including the transformative efforts required under House Bill 1. See related Baptist Press story. Read More

  • Adoption agency protection moves forward in Congress

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, July 20, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Legislation to prohibit government from discriminating against adoption and foster care agencies over their religious or moral convictions has taken an initial step toward potential passage in Congress.

    The House of Representatives Appropriations Committee included the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act (CWPIA) in a spending bill it approved July 11. The committee first passed the measure as an amendment to the Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education funding bill in a 29-23 vote. The panel then forwarded the amended version of the bill in a 30-22 roll call. Read More

  • KBC, Sunrise win dismissal of adverse legal settlement

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, June 01, 2018 (6 months ago)

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- A federal judge has thrown out a legal settlement that would have allowed the American Civil Liberties Union to review whether a Southern Baptist foster home uses state funds to proselytize children.

    The settlement in a lawsuit the ACLU filed against Sunrise Children's Services, the Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC) and the state of Kentucky is not viable, U.S. District Judge Charles Simpson ruled May 30, because it could not be enforced under current state laws. Americans United for Separation of Church and State also is a plaintiff in the suit.

    The decision is a win for the KBC and Sunrise, who appealed the decision brokered in 2015 by then-Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's administration. But the dismissal means the lawsuit filed in 2000 will continue in the courts. Read More

  • Vulnerable children, foster care & what you can do

    by David Melber, posted Monday, May 14, 2018 (7 months ago)

    Photo by Greta High
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Thirteen-year-old Mary wakes up early on a Monday morning. Entering the kitchen, she begins making lunches for her 10-year-old brother and her 5-year-old sister.

    Peanut butter again. Stale bread. She brushes her sister's hair, grabs book bags and heads out the door. Mom didn't come home again last night. It's the third night in a row. "Keep moving forward," she says to herself.

    Mary is doing the best she can. The opioid crisis is her reality. Read More

  • Chitwoods appeal for orphan care at Ky. WMU meeting

    by Myriah Snyder/Western Recorder, posted Monday, April 23, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Photo by David Buie/WMU
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- Each Sunday, Michelle Chitwood leaves her husband and children (an adopted daughter, a foster daughter and their older brother and sister, the Chitwoods' biological children), picks up an order of Chicken McNuggets and fries, and spends the afternoon at the Maryhurst residential facility in Louisville for children in crisis.

    Her mission: to visit D*, the sister of the Chitwoods' foster daughter L* -- part of the foster care/adoption journey she and her husband Paul, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, began years ago. Read More

  • Being a single adoptive parent on mission

    by K. Faith Morgan, posted Friday, April 13, 2018 (8 months ago)

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- "So, what are you doing about it now?" my pastor asked when I told him God had called me to foster care.

    One question -- eight words -- changed my life forever. I've known for a long time that's what God called me to do, but I thought it was a someday sort of calling -- a calling with prerequisites. I made the naïve assumption that this was the kind of ministry you could only do if you were married. Read More

  • Ky. lawmakers pass adoption, foster care bill

    by Tom Latek/Kentucky Today, posted Tuesday, April 03, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Photo by Peter Fitzgerald, via Wikimedia Commons
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- The Kentucky Senate unanimously passed the top House priority, a comprehensive adoption and foster care reform bill that changes the way foster care and adoption are handled in the state to better benefit children.

    Later Monday night (April 2), the House concurred on a 90-1 vote to send the measure to the desk of Gov. Matt Bevin for his signature to make it law. Read More

  • Years, months & seconds formed their family of 6

    by Emily Howsden/Oklahoma Baptist Messenger, posted Monday, February 12, 2018 (10 months ago)

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    DEL CITY, Okla. (BP) -- Within the past five years, Jared and Kelly Lee went from beginning to pray about adoption to having a full house of four children.

    The Lees always had a heart for adoption. Jared was adopted and Kelly came from a large family where her relationships with her siblings helped shape who she is today. So the Lees began not only praying about adoption, but adopting a sibling group.

    "We had not yet been able to start a family of our own, and we both felt God's ... Read More

  • WorldCrafts to aid Baptist foster care ministries

    by Robin McCall, posted Tuesday, February 06, 2018 (10 months ago)

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala.(BP) -- WorldCrafts, the global fair trade division of Woman's Missionary Union (WMU), has launched an initiative to support the work of the Baptist Coalition for Children and Families, encompassing Baptist children's ministries in 19 states.

    Through the initiative, churches or individuals can support at-risk children in foster care while also providing life-sustaining work for overseas artisans and their families affiliated with WorldCrafts in 24 countries.

    Currently more than 430,000 children are in foster care in the United States alone, according to Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System within the Department of Health and Human Services. Baptist children and family ministries serve this population through Christ-centered care and resources to protect foster children and to reunify families. Read More