Life Library — Adoption
Adoption Advocacy in the LCMS
In 1996, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Commission on Theology and Church Relations addressed adoption in the context of practices such as artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization. While the gift of procreation is a profound and beautiful testimony to the blessedness of marriage and reveals one of marriage’s most fundamental purposes, marital goodness is not limited by procreation. Where procreation is not possible, many couples choose to adopt a child into their family and, regardless of intention, also reflect the divine love that leads God to adopt us as His own (Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:5).
A Letter to My Birthmother
“I am writing this letter to thank and encourage all the birthmothers who may read it. … You made the right choice, and I thank God every day for that.”
A Life for Micah
Through a Lutheran social-service agency, an unwed mother gains a new understanding of God’s hand in her life — and in the life of her infant son.
Helping Families In Need — The Adoption Option
Adoption isn’t easy. It is one of the most complex emotional arrangements in which someone can be involved. Yet, of the other options — aborting the child or raising the child as a single parent — adoption is the most child-centered. It is a healthy, realistic and sensible choice for all involved.
No Such Thing as an “Unwanted Child”
Americans sometimes seem more passionate about saving whales and trees than saving children. We may not change abortion laws, but we can change hearts — one by one — to remind a misled nation that “there is no such thing as an ‘unwanted child’; there are just those who are merely misplaced.”
Offering Hope for Single Mothers
Voelkerding Village is a haven for single mothers and provides lodging, meals, clothing and medical care, plus life-skills training, parenting classes, Christian counseling and study, and opportunities to finish high school, attend college and work. It is a Dakota Boys Ranch ministry and a Recognized Service Organization of the LCMS.