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Beginning of Life Adoption

Well, At Least I Wasn’t Adopted

Diane E. Schroeder, President, National Lutherans For Life This column is dedicated to the birth parents of my children and all the millions more who sacrificed to give life and love to their children through adoption. “Well, at least I’m…

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Q&A on Donating Eggs

QUESTION: I’m interested in donating my eggs and I’m wondering if there is any way to ensure that they will not be discarded or used for science in a way that would not be God-pleasing. Do we have a Christian…

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Let Us Not Love With Words or Speech but with Actions and in Truth

By Pastor James Hein, Lead Pastor at St. Marcus Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1 John 3:11-18 11 For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12 Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered…

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Lord, Why Have You Been So Good to Us? – The Gift of Adoption

FATHER: Two questions point to my major feelings about the adoption. Before the adoption, the big question was, ‘Will I love an adopted child as I love my primary school age child?’ After the adoption the big question has been,…

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I’m Your Child

The following was written by Justin, a ten-year-old born in 1986 in Korea, who was adopted by Roger and Lynne Tews of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, when he was seven-months-old. To My Birth Mom and Dad, I hope you remember me. I’m…

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Adoption: A Pro-Life Response to Families in Need

Jean Garton, Litt.D. In a classroom of six-year-olds, the teacher was discussing a picture of a family. One of the children featured had a different hair color than did the other family members. A little girl in the class said…

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Adoption: Bringing Children and Parents Together

Thinking about adoption for your child? Here are a few things to clarify how adoption works. First, you can decide whether you want an agency to help you with the adoption process, or if you would rather do it yourself….

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Adopted from China

Krista Preston The government of China wanted my baby dead. Was it because she was second born or because she was a girl? Because a political directive in China allows only one child per family, she could have been aborted…

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Open Adoption

Gloria Hochman and Anna Huston, National Adoption Center What is Open Adoption? The Origins of Open Adoption Experiences with Open Adoption Conclusion What is Open Adoption? Open adoption means that birthparents and adoptive parents have some knowledge about one another….

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Well, At Least I Wasn’t Adopted

Diane E. Schroeder, President, National Lutherans For Life This column is dedicated to the birth parents of my children and all the millions more who sacrificed to give life and love to their children through adoption. “Well, at least I’m…

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Questions Most Birthfathers Ask About Adoption

Are home pregnancy tests reliable? How can we find out if my girlfriend is really pregnant? I want to be involved, but I’m not ready to parent. What are my choices? Will I get to see my child if my…

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Questions Most Birthmothers Ask About Adoption

How can I be helped financially? Can I get assistance with medical and living expenses while I am making an adoption plan? Can I choose a family for my baby? How much will I get to see my baby after…

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Q&A on Pregnancy Options

QUESTION: A friend of mine faced an unwanted pregnancy but didn’t want to abort her baby. She didn’t know all of her options, and I’m not sure she made the right decision. Does CLR help with available options for these…

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God Sets the Lonely in Families – A Look at Spiritual Adoption

Adopt: to take by choice into a relationship; especially: to take voluntarily (a child of other parents) as one’s own child (The Merriam-Webster Dictionary) The thought of voluntarily taking the child of other parents as their own can be pretty…

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An Adopted Child’s Perspective

Rev. Paul Prange, Michigan Lutheran Seminary President I was born to a single mother at an age when she was either a senior in high school or a freshman in college. She placed me with a Christian adoption agency, which…

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Adopted Into God’s Family

Rev. Paul Prange When I was born, my parents could not take care of my spiritual needs. They certainly had faith of their own. But they knew that they could not pass salvation on to me by being my physical…

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Q&A on Adoption Options

QUESTION: My 16-year old niece announced recently that she is pregnant. Her boyfriend and parents are unwilling to step in to help. She has come to me for advice. I don’t want to encourage her to abort the baby, but…

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Adoption Resources

Public Agencies A majority of all adoptions in the United States (around 59-60%) involve the placement of children from foster care or the child welfare system. Contact your county or state social service agency about children who may be available…

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Children Need You – A Look at Caring for Youngsters in Less Fortunate Circumstances

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world (James…

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The Discovery – A Look at Unexpected Pregnancy and Adoption

Rev. Robert Fleischmann,  National Director, Christian Life Resources The discovery of Ashley’s pregnancy came more as a disappointment than a shock. Despite all of the warnings to the contrary, Ashley’s relationship with her boyfriend became increasingly intimate so when the…

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Blood Is Thicker Than Water – A Look at Arguments Against Adoption

Mr. Tim Snyder, Media Services Coordinator for Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, WI No doubt you have heard this old saying before – and maybe you’ve even used it yourself. It’s a way of conveying that the ties that bind us…

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A Model Family – Lessons Learned about an Adoptees Reunion with Her Birth Parents

Larissa Fasthorse I was brought to my parents’ home when I was 11 months old. My birth father delivered me to the house, and my birth mother was already long gone. After he left, my parents say they sat and…

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Adopted by My Parents… and God

Rev. Paul Prange Before a couple adopts a child, they may wonder how to tell the child that he or she is adopted. Do you wait until you think the child can understand the concept? What words do you use…

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Our Embryo Adoption Story

Mrs. Leah Bongard Article adapted with permission from its initial publication in LifeLines from Bethany Christian Services, the largest adoption agency in the U.S. and also a worldwide ministry that serves orphans and vulnerable children on five continents and 34…

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As God Wills: Understanding God’s Plan for Childless Couples

Mrs. Mary Schmal, Author, Christ-Light Curriculum Somewhere a young man longs to play for a professional football team. Another just hopes to see a live NFL game. Somewhere a young woman longs to be a star in the theaters of…

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Adopting a Snowflake

  What should be done with 400,000 frozen embryos that are cryo-preserve after in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures? In some cases, those embryos are waiting to be thawed and transferred to their biological mothers with the hope they will implant…

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What to Do With Baby?

Rev. Wayne Mueller Competent and sympathetic counselors understand that guiding an expectant mother to a God-pleasing decision is a complex job. There is always more to deal with in the heart of the soon-to-be mother than the basic ethical-moral question…

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A Trimester of Prayer // Pro-Life Prayer Suggestions

You can make a meaningful difference by including these thoughts in your daily devotion and prayer time. Week 1 – This week, pray for the unborn and their mothers. With the dawning of this day, around 11,000 women in America…

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CLR’s Official Positions and Thoughts to Ponder on Life and Family Issues

Abortion Human life exists already at conception. It is a gift from God. He also reserves for himself the authority to take human life. Aborting an unborn child for any reason, other than to preserve a human life, is a…

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