[Christian Adoption and the Christian Orphan Care Movement] (Special Issue of Journal of Christian Legal Thought).
Institute for Christian Legal Studies.
Journal Special Issue
Journal of Christian Legal Thought
Vol. 2, No. 1 , p. 1-27
This journal is designed to equip and encourage legal professionals to seek and study biblical truth as it related to law, the practice of law, and legal institutions. This issue focuses on Christian adoption and the orphan care movement and explores whether the spiritual and theological analysis undergirding the evangelical adoption and orphan care movement is erroneous and produces practices that are sinful and exploitative. The first article highlights issues related to the unwed mother, race, and intercountry adoption, which provide important contexts for developing Christian perspectives on adoption. Following articles consider: the New Testament's focus on the care of widows and the implication that vulnerable children will be provided for either through provision to their vulnerable mothers or through extended families; Christian foster care initiatives and God's call to be a father to the fatherless; connecting the theology of adoption with practice and the need for Christians to work for orphan prevention and then support indigenous adoption efforts; the experience of transracial adoptees in white church congregations; the need for theology to support the right of adoptees and donor-conceived persons to know their parentage; the role of forgiveness in enabling adult adoptees to become healthy through searching for and reconciling with their birth parents; and manipulation by Christians to relinquish infants. The final article explores the difference between freedom of assembly and freedom of association and between religious liberty and discrimination.
adoption; orphans; adoptive parents; foster care; intercountry adoption; transracial adoption; church programs; faith based programs; religious organizations; family preservation; ethics