5 Steps to Adoption


For families who are just beginning the adoption process, the journey ahead can often feel daunting. While the miracle of adoption serves to restore the hope of a family to orphans around the world, the process can be full of waiting and uncertainty…not to mention a whole lot of paperwork! Although the adoption process can be long and difficult, it is well worth the journey. Here are five major steps in the adoption process to help you know what to expect:

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The Beauty and Brokenness of Foster Care

The Sparrow Fund

Everything…everything about foster care is equal parts good and bad, joy and sorrow, beauty and brokenness. It’s a good day when a child is placed in your home. It represents safety, security and an opportunity for a child to be loved and cared for in a way they likely would not have had available to them otherwise. It’s indeed a good day when a child is placed in your home – it’s also a really bad day.

Adoption Wisdom from Parents Who've Been There

Thanks for joining us these past weeks for our Adoption Journey Series. We’ve talked about post-adoption resources, funding options and how to thrive once they’re home. Today, listen in to some adoptive parents who have BEEN THERE. When asked to give one piece of advice that they would pass on to prospective adoptive parents, here is what some of our friends said…

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God's Sovereignty and a Nine Year Old

She told Doug and I a few weeks ago that whatever God’s sovereign plan is, it will be a Win-Win for her. 


Meet Hasya

She weighed a measly fourteen pounds.

Anthony and I could not fathom how in the world she would be able to hang on.

How would she survive the long adoption process that is filled with endless paperwork and ridiculous red tape?

We knew just one thing so deep down in our hearts as we began the process to bring her home...

...our God in heaven was able to do exceedingly, abundantly MORE than we could ever hope or imagine in her life.


Adoption...Is Money the Issue?

Lifesong for Orphans

We have families who have seen God perform miracles as they have stepped out in faitfulness to follow His call for their family.....if it's His will, it's His bill. He will make a way to show Himself as THE Provider of all things. Don't let money stand in the way, when He has provided many avenues for families to bridge that financial gap.

Bigger Than Us from Lifesong for Orphans on Vimeo.

Hear Our Stories

The orphan care ministry of Lancaster Evangelical Free Church, known as Team 127, is comprised of families who have been touched either directly or indirectly with the call to care for the fatherless. We invite you to read the family stories under the 'Adoption Stories' menu above and hear how the gospel of Jesus Christ has compelled each of us to practice pure religion (James 1:27.) If you'd like to know how you could become involved with our Team please use the 'Contact' link on the menu above.

Special Needs Adoption Defined

“Special Needs” is a VERY BROAD term in the foster care and adoption world. If a child is in a “minority” race, he/she can be classified in the special need category, a child older than 3 years of age if often also put into a special need category as well as siblings groups. Medical and/or mental health conditions also vary greatly from a diagnosis of Strabismus (the common name of crossed eyes or lazy eye) to extensive medical conditions.

Considering International Adoption?

Throughout the adoption process, no doubt you will have many questions. If you are at the beginning stages of thinking about an international adoption you may have a lot of the same questions others have had. Visit this website for answers to frequently asked questions about international adoption.

Home Study How-To

One step in the adoption process is the completion of a Home Study. Both domestic and international adoptions require a home study. For more information on what is included in a homestudy, click HERE.

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