May is National Foster Care Month, a time to shine light on the challenges facing those in foster care, and recognize families who welcome America’s “forgotten youth” into their homes – and into their hearts.
In honor of this month, Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) recently wrote an op-ed for Christianity Today outlining the need to promote affordable adoption to ensure that it is attainable for every family who is considering it, and how her own faith and experience shaped her views on this important issue.
For Black, this month is “a time that [she hopes] will encourage the church to engage afresh and anew with the cause of adoption, remembering our gospel calling to ‘look after orphans and widows in their distress’ (James 1:27).” Her husband, Dave, adopted her children when they were married, and the challenging years before he entered their lives gave her perspective on the more than 415,000 children in the foster care system today.
“Of course, not every family is called to adopt,” says Black, “But we can all intercede on behalf of these children. …I believe this calling to look after widows and orphans means using the platform that I have been given to ensure that adoption is attainable for every family who has room in their hearts—regardless of the room in their budget.”
Read Rep. Black’s full op-ed here.