As you grow your adoption or orphan care ministry, please prayerfully think through:
Preferences | How will the fund be administered?
Lifesong will need answers to these questions to help administer the fund:
- Is your fund for church members only? Will you help believers in your community / state / country? Have you considered our “Outside the Walls Network”?
- Are you open to using interest-free loans & grants?
- Are you open to assisting couples & singles?
- Contact person – Who do we send recommendations to?
- Monthly Reports – Who will they be sent to?
Parameters | who is the fund for?
As you meet with families, consider:
- The adoption story/testimony – Why are they adopting? What are their expectations / motivations?
- What support structure / resources are in place for the family?
- Has the couple thought about special needs / developmental delays / attachment disorders that they may face as they adopt?
- How long has the couple been married? Are there any issues / concerns in the marriage?
- Child care intentions after the adoption is completed
- Family income / financial guideline
Preparation | it’s not just about money
As your ministry grows, please consider a multi-faceted ministry:
- Pre-adoption – Check what the agency is doing to prepare the family. Consider leading a “Created to Connect” study. Suggest books to read, conferences, or training opportunities.
- Waiting – Consider starting groups for couples / mom’s / dad’s for prayer, fellowship, and fundraising.
- Post-adoption – Consider how you can help with training / support / church family.
- Tax Credit Info – Suggest someone who can assist families with tax information.
- Mentoring – Try to find older adoptive parents / older parents to mentor and encourage.
- Create a Resource Library (see below).
- Don’t recreate the wheel – Look to link up with other churches that have existing funds.
Promotion | growing the ministry
- Be intentional about fundraising – Both Hands, events, sales, community, schools, libraries etc.
- Don’t forget training for your team and families – Train the trainer. “Empowered to Connect” is a helpful tool.
- Make the most of conferences – Summit, local events, etc.