Why Adoption & Foster Care Matter

Adoption and Foster Care at Willamette is a growing ministry of the church. Our intent is to provide a variety of on-ramps for participation, from supporting our local DHS office in Oregon City to volunteering at Foster Parent Night Out to learning more about becoming adoptive and/or foster parents.

Scripture says, God predestined us for adoption as sons and daughters through Jesus Christ according to His will (Ephesians 1:5). As such we have a special mandate to do good, seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, and plead the widow’s cause (Isaiah 1:17).

It has been said that involvement in adoption and foster care can be the most life transformative, discipleship oriented experience of one’s life. However you look at it, choosing to take risk and enter into suffering goes a long way in conforming us to the image of Christ.

We believe at Willamette that our involvement in the complex system of adoption and foster care gives us opportunity to be a blessing to children, birth families, social workers, judges, and anyone who witnesses Christ in us.

Biblically, we as Christ followers know that Jesus calls us to provide for orphans and widows in their distress (James 1:27). This is a clear mandate. Certainly statistics would reveal an ever-present distress in our local neighborhoods and communities. Whether that be a child coming from a hard place in need of shelter and care for a season or a newly born baby adopted into a forever family.

The need is great; currently there are 153 million children in the world who are considered orphans, having lost at least one parent. Locally, there are over 2200 children in foster homes in the tri-county area.

There are many ways you can participate in the bigger story of orphan care. See our Take Action section for a menu of possibilities.

Take Action

Find out how you can support adoptive and foster families, from volunteering to donating.

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Find Resources

Get more information on becoming an adoptive or foster parent, or get resources if you already are one.

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A message on Adoption into the Kingdom

Ben Sand – Portland Leadership Foundation

A message on Radical Hospitality

Brooke Gray – Embrace Oregon