Adoption - Resolution 2012

Adoption - Resolution 2012

November 2012

Adoption

WHEREAS, There are more than 17.5 million orphans worldwide; and

WHEREAS, There are more than 100,000 children and youth in need of permanent adoptive families in the United States; and

WHEREAS, There are more than 1,400 children and youth in need of permanent adoptive families in the State of South Carolina; and

WHEREAS, We are instructed to care for orphans (James 1:27, Isaiah 1:17); and

WHEREAS, We have been adopted as children of God (Romans 8:15-23, 9:26, Galatians 4:4-7, Ephesians 1:3-6) and our adoption of orphans is symbolic of this in the eyes of the world and real in the eyes of the children we adopt; and

WHEREAS, There are children being adopted into homes where they will not be exposed to the Gospel; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That we, the messengers to the South Carolina Baptist Convention annual session meeting in Greenville, November 13–14, 2012, encourage all government entities to streamline the adoption process and provide aid to families in a timely manner;  and be it finally

RESOLVED, That we foster an environment of transcultural adoption in our churches by encouraging moral, emotional, physical, spiritual, and financial support for those who undertake this Gospel work.

Keywords: adoption , family , children , resolution