Society fails to function properly outside of the structures and institutions so clearly defined in the Genesis narrative of creation. Humans inherited an intelligence and a safe environment to live out their purpose of work and production. The family unit, consisting of a father and a mother, was the foundational institution that God intended to secure a long-term prosperous society. If the Biblical family were dismantled, these dependent structures would inevitably soon collapse.

Today, many politicians build their campaigns on these destabilized structures that are vital to society as God originally formed it – schools, law enforcement and business. Let me be clear, I believe children should not have to suffer in failing schools. I believe our criminal justice system should be equally fair and firm, and at appropriate times even forgiving. I believe job creation, unrestrained by burdensome regulation and taxation, allows people to fulfill the plan of God to be productive and responsible. Teachers, policemen, and business owners are more than just local heroes. They are indispensable supports uplifting society and deserve our admiration and appreciation.

But these supports are only as strong as the foundation upon which they rest – the family unit. Incrementally over five decades, and more rapidly over the past decade, the sexual revolution has progressively damaged the definition of family. Well known political groups are now proudly stating their intention to demolish the male father and female mother family unit. Such warped ideology views God’s revealed creative order as oppressive and morally indefensible.

They have successfully pressured many fiscally and politically conservative minded people, including elected officials, to abandon their support of the traditional family unit to avoid being slandered with the unfounded and indefensible labels of hate and bigotry. The Left, now emboldened with political power, is using this same tactic (labeling police and business supporters as oppressive and bigoted) against those conservative elected officials who tried to avoid the conflict altogether. I hope moderate independents do not leave capitalism behind to align themselves with Marxism, just as some political conservatives left the traditional family behind for a post-modern world.

Christians have many priorities in government affairs and public policy, but nothing is more important than the family structure. Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey® will continue meeting with state legislators to protect and repair society’s foundation to make NJ better.

Serving you,

Shawn Hyland
Director of Advocacy

 

Don’t forget, tonight Thursday, August 13 at 7pm is our Home School Interest Panel This will be a live webinar featuring Darren Jones, attorney for the Home School Legal Defense Association and Greg Golden, president of the North Jersey Home School Association. Register to participate or view live on our Facebook page.

With an increased likelihood that children might be spending time at home again this school year, this becomes a prime opportunity to take control of your children’s education.

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for Thou art with me.” ~ Psalm 23:4

I’ve been comforted by Psalm 23 a lot the past few months, and I can’t help thinking that the Lord was using that time of reflection in advance of the coronavirus and economic uncertainty we are all facing together as a nation.

In particular, verse 4 has been on my heart and mind because my family has been walking the valley of the shadow of death since last fall.

In fact, we didn’t know that we had already begun walking this path until an unexpected seizure led to my father’s diagnosis of the most aggressive form of brain cancer.

After the initial shock of hearing what must be one of the worst words in the English language—glioblastoma—there were many rough days knowing we had entered that valley. And I didn’t want to walk.

Walking the valley

Then one evening I found this beautiful essay, “Reading Psalm 23 on Good Friday.”  In Psalm 23 specifically, “…we can or should read Jesus not only as the Shepherd, but as the one who speaks in the Psalm.” The essay urges us to “engage in a genuine Christian reading, not to merely remember Christ as our Shepherd, but to think of Christ as the one who is praying this Psalm himself.”

In other words, we usually read this most-famous Psalm as “Jesus is my shepherd”—and, of course, He is. But knowing that all of the Old Testament points to Jesus, there is another meaning here, too.

And that is that we can hear Jesus’ voice in place of King David’s, praying Psalm 23 to His Father as He walked through that valley and suffered a cruel death on the first Good Friday. That death began the process of restoring all of creation to God’s original design; provided the way for re-establishing relationship between the Creator and those who call upon Jesus’ name as the only means by which they can be saved; and assures us that we will never have to walk that valley alone—if we belong to Him.

We do not know exactly how long this valley—my family’s or our nation’s—will be. Even apart from the coronavirus, of course, we are all walking the valley of the shadow of death. Our time on this earth is limited, though sometimes we’re more aware of it than other times.

But however long my family’s valley is, it won’t ever feel like enough time for this daughter with her father. While we continually pray for my dad’s complete healing, we know that may not come in this life, but the next.

And that is the other source of hope and comfort—to know that we will be raised to life in perfected bodies as part of the new heavens and new earth. That hope is only possible because Jesus is the “firstborn from the dead” (Colossians 1:18).

Cherishing Life

If you have followed Family Policy Alliance® for any length of time, you know we envision our nation being one where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished. Usually when we think about life being cherished, we think about protecting the preborn. But life is also worth fighting for at its other end—in illness and frailty, in the need for respirators to fight the coronavirus, and as one comes to the end of that valley.

I have had the privilege to work in pro-life, pro-family public policy my entire career, first at Focus on the Family and now at Family Policy Alliance. But never has principle been so personal. Walking this valley, time is precious and life is certainly cherished.

And so during this Holy Week, I pray that you do not rush through Thursday and Friday, skipping ahead to “Sunday’s coming.” But rather, reflect on the gravity and weight, the suffering and pain, the profound sacrifice of Good Friday—the ultimate act of cherishing life.

Then consider the silence and uncertainty of that first Holy Saturday. So that when Easter morning does break, you can rejoice that resurrection and eternal life are truly won—and we have no need to fear evil—because our Lord walked through that valley alone so that we will never walk there without Him.

Walking with Him and you,

Sonja Swiatkiewicz
Family Policy Alliance

Friends,

My family moved to Idaho for the same reasons as many of the kindhearted new Idahoans I have met while traveling the state.

Aside from the Gem State’s natural beauty, we wanted to live in a community that shared our values—where our religious freedom would be respected, where our rights as parents to raise our children according the dictates of our faith and conscience would be honored, and where our pocketbook wouldn’t be taxed into bareness.

Idaho is great place to raise a family. We want to keep it that way. But it will take work.

We’ve seen some states that historically have shared many of the same characteristics as Idaho flip, becoming places hostile to families and biblical values.

Why did it happen in those places, and what can we do to keep it from happening here? God gives every person an obligation to exercise informed, biblical citizenship—to faithfully discharge their duties in self-government, family government, and civil government.

Unfortunately, too often good people become apathetic. They either take for granted that their communities will always be safe places run by good people, or they grow frustrated at some of the things taking place in government and ‘check out’ instead of working to transform it.

In a republic like ours, the government reflects the character of the people who are most involved. We can make positive change through voting for good candidates, educating ourselves and our neighbors, communicating with our elected leaders, and supporting organizations like Family Policy Alliance of Idaho.

Family Policy Alliance of Idaho is dedicated to unleashing biblical citizenship through:

  1. Electing and equipping statesmen with the training and resources they need to advance biblical values in Idaho.
  2. Helping biblical citizens understand the tremendous rights, responsibilities, influence, and opportunities they have as citizens by offering the tools they need to effectively engage with their family, friends, and communities—for good!
  3. Working alongside our local, state, and national allies to maximize resources and leverage our impact, advancing the causes that matter most to you and your family for generations to come.

If we are to preserve Idaho for generations to come as a place for families, we all need to pitch in. We can’t afford to shy away from the hard work.

Will you consider standing with Family Policy Alliance of Idaho today? A gift of $25 or $75 will make a positive impact on Idaho!

One way we can show that we take seriously our God-given responsibility to promote biblical values in our communities and government is by financially contributing to those organizations working to do exactly that.

Please act now to help build an Idaho in which God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished!

Standing for your family,

Blaine Conzatti
Director of Advocacy

Dear friends,

President George H.W. Bush died last week at the age of 94, marking the end of a life devoted to service. Bush delayed attending college after the attack on Pearl Harbor, enlisting in the Navy at age 18. He flew 58 combat missions, including one in which he several others were shot down. Several were captured and killed, but Bush survived and evaded the enemy until he was rescued. The experience left him with a deep sense of duty. In the years following the war, Bush became a successful oilman in Texas, a congressman, Ambassador to the United Nations, Chief of the Liaison Office in China, Director of the CIA, and Vice President before being elected 41st President of the United States in 1988.

Quite a resume.

Yet, as I watched the coverage of the flag-draped casket lying in state and the funeral, what stood out to me was the Bush’s commitment to family. In his eulogy, President George W. Bush said that after the death of Barbara, all George wanted to do was to hold her hand again. They had been married for 73 years, the longest of any presidential marriage. When W. got the call that his dad had just a few minutes to live, he told him he loved him, and President Bush’s last words were, “I love you, too.”

Our lives are full of important concerns and plenty of distractions; President Bush’s more than most. We can only imagine the number of holidays, school plays and soccer games he missed over the years, but President Bush worked to make his family a priority in his life, and upon his death his kids remembered him not as a soldier, titan of industry, statesman or politician, but as their beloved dad. So may it be true of us all.

Sincerely,

Eric Teetsel
President and Executive Director

Dear Friends:

In case you missed it, last week was a busy week in the news that featured several stories related to our core issues at Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico.

Religious Freedom U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Case of Christian Baker

Last Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Colorado cake artist, Jack Phillips, who declined to create a custom wedding cake to celebrate a same-sex wedding. Although the couple easily obtained their rainbow-themed cake from another nearby cake artist, they filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which ordered Jack to design wedding cakes that celebrate same-sex marriages if he continued to create wedding cakes. Jack is asking the Court to rule that the government oversteps its authority when it compels artists to use their expressive talents to celebrate events or express ideas that conflict with their religious beliefs. A decision is expected in the summer.

 Family – Former Legislator Accused of Soliciting Sex in Exchange for Vote

Last Friday, longtime New Mexico lobbyist, Vanessa Alarid, was featured in a New York Times article detailing accounts of sexual harassment experienced by female lobbyists. In the article, Ms. Alarid says that former State Representative Tomas Garcia offered his vote on a bill she was supporting in exchange for sex. Ms. Alarid spurned the advance and Representative Garcia later voted against the measure in spite of supporting the bill in committee.

 Life – U.S. Department of Justice to Investigate Fetal Tissue Procurement Violations

Last Thursday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced their intent to investigate several criminal referrals regarding potential fetal tissue procurement violations at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and Southwestern Women’s Options (SWO) abortion clinic. In June 2016, the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives released a journal of notes from a lab technician employed by UNM detailing the harvesting of aborted babies and body parts from SWO, including baby brains to be used at a youth summer camp.

Friends – now, more than ever, we must “stand firm and take action” (Daniel 11:32) to preserve our freedoms and promote God’s design for family and life! At Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico, we are honored to be on the frontlines of this effort and we believe God has raised us up for such a time as this. However, we cannot do this alone.

We need you! We need your prayers. We need your engagement. And we need your financial support!

If you are on board, would you please consider doing three things for us today?

  1. Please pray for our year-end fundraising efforts.
  2. Please help us engage by forwarding this email/link to 5 friends.
  3. Please make a donation today and your gift will be DOUBLED!

Together, let’s be people who “do something” and move the ball forward for a New Mexico where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished!

Standing for the Family of Believers,

Vince Torres
President and Executive Director

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being…” –Ephesians 3:14-16

Dear Friend,

“There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened and maintained.” These are the words of the great Winston Churchill, spoken following the birth of Prince Charles in 1948. And although spoken nearly 70 years ago, these words remain true today. In short, family matters!

And that is why our vision proclaims: “an Idaho where families thrive“.  Welcome to part three of our four-part series highlighting the vision of Family Policy Alliance of Idaho.

We believe that God’s timeless design for the family is the strongest foundation for any free and successful society. Not only is the family the single best institution for the creation, protection, provision and training of children, whether biological or adopted – it is also the most beneficial establishment for the honoring and caring for elderly, and for the fulfillment of all human needs. As such, thriving families have the power to lessen the need for government intervention and should serve as an important check on the scope of our government.

With the incremental effect of government intrusion combined with the paralyzing result of increased dependency and a bloated entitlement system, we see a trajectory that continues to devalue the tradition family unit. As America becomes more secularized and the rate of moral erosion follows, God’s design for the family is directly in the crosshairs.

But together, we can change that trajectory!  Step by step, we can reinvigorate a culture in Idaho where families thrive!

Now, I don’t know about you, but I believe we should be in the business of encouraging and empowering families. This includes supporting state policies and programs that encourage parents to stay together and raise their children; empowering parents to assume control of their children’s education; highlighting the uniquely beneficial roles that men and women, fathers and mothers, bring to the family; and offering appropriate support to our single parents, guardians, relatives raising children, foster parents and those wishing to adopt.

Some say, “It takes a village.” At Family Policy Alliance of Idaho, we say, “It takes a family.”  And, in reality, even for “the village” to survive – it takes the family.

Our vision is an Idaho where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes and families thrive. We want you to play a part in this! You can do that right now by visiting our website, and adding your name to the growing number of concerned Idahoans who are speaking up, linking arms with Family Policy Alliance of Idaho and standing for families.

Thank you for your prayers and support!

Julie Lynde
Policy Director

Part1: PICTURE THIS! An Idaho Where God Is Honored

Part 2: Illuminating an Idaho Where Religious Freedom Flourishes!

Part 4: Imagine…An Idaho Where Life is Cherished…

 

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being…” –Ephesians 3:14-16

“There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened and maintained.” These are the words of the great Winston Churchill, spoken following the birth of Prince Charles in 1948. And although spoken nearly 70 years ago, these words remain true today. In short: Family matters!

Welcome to part three of our four-part series highlighting the vision of Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota. Today, we look at the third part of our vision: a North Dakota where families thrive.

We believe that God’s timeless design for the family is the strongest foundation for any free and successful society. Not only is the family the single best institution for the creation, protection, provision, and training of children – whether biological or adopted – it is also the most beneficial establishment for the honoring and caring for elderly, and for the fulfillment of all human needs. As such, thriving families have the power to lessen the need for government intervention and should serve as an important check on the scope of our government.

I don’t know about you, but I believe we should be in the business of encouraging and empowering families. This includes supporting state policies and programs that encourage parents to stay together and raise their children; empowering parents to assume control of their children’s education; highlighting the uniquely beneficial roles that men and women, fathers and mothers, bring to the family; and offering appropriate support to our single parents, guardians, relatives raising children, foster parents, and those wishing to adopt.

Some say, “It takes a village.” At Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota, we say, “It takes a family.”

Our vision is a North Dakota where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished. We want you to play a critical part in this! You can do that right now by visiting our Action Center, reviewing our current action items, and adding your name to the growing number of concerned people who are speaking up and standing for families.

Thank you for speaking out for the preservation of family values here in North Dakota. Families matter, so let’s be sure everyone knows we want a North Dakota where families thrive!

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

 

Part1: Imagine a North Dakota Where God Is Fully Honored

Part 2: Imagine a North Dakota Where Religious Freedom Flourishes

Part 4: Imagine A North Dakota Where All Life is Cherished

Welcome to part three of a series dedicated to explaining the vision of Family Policy Alliance of Kansas. Today, we examine the third part of our vision – a Kansas where families thrive.

Dear Friends,

“There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened and maintained.” These are the words of Winston Churchill, spoken in honor of the birth of Prince Charles in 1948. These words remain true today.

At Family Policy Alliance of Kansas, we believe that God’s design for the family is the foundation of a free and prosperous society. Social science proves what we know to be true: Families are best able to provide for the creation, protection, provision and training of children who become healthy, productive adults. In short, where families thrive, people flourish; where the family is diminished, government grows, and people suffer.

For too long, the importance of family has been taken for granted, even as society has chipped away at it. The normalization of divorce, infidelity, out of wedlock birth, premarital sex and cohabitation, same-sex relationships, and more has steadily undone our society’s understanding and appreciation of family. Now, we look at a country suffering from a thousand ills – from lack of educational attainment to poverty to crime – and wonder, “What happened?”

There are no silver bullets in life, but reaffirming and encouraging strong, stable family formation is as close as it gets. We should be in the business of encouraging and empowering families. This includes supporting state policies and programs that encourage parents to stay together and raise their children; empowering parents to assume control of their children’s education; highlighting the uniquely beneficial roles that men and women, fathers and mothers, bring to the family; and offering appropriate support to our single parents, guardians, relatives raising children, foster parents and those wishing to adopt.

Some say, “It takes a village.” At Family Policy Alliance of Kansas, we say, “It takes a family.

Are you in? If so, please forward this message to five friends and encourage them to sign up for our email list.

Sincerely,

Eric Teetsel
President and Executive Director

 

Part 1: What Does, “A Kansas Where God Is Honored” Mean?

Part 2: Picture This: A Kansas Where Religious Freedom Flourishes

Part 4: Picture This: A Kansas Where Life is Cherished

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being…” –Ephesians 3:14-16

Dear Friends:

“There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened and maintained.” These are the words of the great Winston Churchill, spoken following the birth of Prince Charles in 1948. And although spoken nearly 70 years ago, these words remain true today. In short, family matters!

Welcome to part three of our four-part series highlighting the vision of Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico. Today, we look at the third part of our vision – a New Mexico where families thrive.

At Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico, we believe that God’s timeless design for the family is the strongest foundation for any free and successful society. Not only is the family the single best institution for the creation, protection, provision, and training of children, whether biological or adoptive – it is also the most beneficial establishment for the honoring and caring for elderly, and for the fulfillment of all human needs. As such, thriving families have the power to lessen the need for government intervention and should serve as an important check on the scope of our government.

For too long, New Mexico families have been mired by the paralyzing effect of government dependency and an entitlement system that disincentivizes the traditional family unit. Our current welfare system not only discourages marriage, but also actively penalizes those who do get married – particularly low-income parents. For example, a single mother in New Mexico with two children, earning $20,000 per year, is eligible to receive almost $3,600 per year in food stamp benefits. However, if she were to marry the father, who earns the same as she does, that family would no longer qualify for any assistance.

Now I don’t know about you, but I believe we should be in the business of encouraging and empowering families. This includes supporting state policies and programs that encourage parents to stay together and raise their children; empowering parents to assume control of their children’s education; highlighting the uniquely beneficial roles that men and women, fathers and mothers, bring to the family; and offering appropriate support to our single parents, guardians, relatives raising children, foster parents, and those wishing to adopt.

Some say, “It takes a village.” At Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico, we say, “It takes a family.”

Our vision is a New Mexico where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, and families thrive, and we want you to play a part in this! You can do that right now by visiting our Action Center, reviewing our current action items, and adding your name to the growing number of concerned citizens who are speaking up and standing for families.

Thank you for your prayers and support!


Vince Torres
President and Executive Director

 

Part 1: Picture this! A New Mexico where God is honored…

Part2: Now, Picture This! A New Mexico Where Religious Freedom Flourishes…

Part 4: Imagine a New Mexico Where Life is Cherished…

 

By Stephanie Curry, policy manager for Family Policy Alliance

Abandoned at birth. . .

I was born in Los Angeles in 1984. The year marked the beginning of the crack-cocaine epidemic that would sweep the nation, springing from South Central LA. The Black community was hit hardest. The “Crack Epidemic” was a major factor in Black fetal deaths increasing by 25%, lower birth weights increasing by 10%, and the number of Black children being placed into foster care more than doubling.

This was the world my identical twin sister and I were born into. Our birth mother conceived twins at age 40, was rumored to be living in a garage in South Central, and was almost certainly addicted to crack. This would be her 8th pregnancy and final delivery – identical twin girls.

Our birth mother’s due date wasn’t until February, but a few weeks before Christmas, she went into labor. I don’t know the details of our birth, because I don’t know anyone who was there. But our birth certificate says my sister and I were born in Los Angeles County Hospital, at night, weighing a pound and a half each. Our birth certificate declares our given names. Names that hardly sounded like those of inner-city black kids born in the ‘80s.

But what our birth certificate doesn’t say is far more interesting.

Our birth certificate doesn’t say that our birth mother snuck out the hospital window shortly after our birth. It doesn’t say she was on drugs during her pregnancy and probably during delivery. It doesn’t say where she went or if she planned on returning. It doesn’t say that a nurse more than likely named us (another rumor I heard later in life). It doesn’t say my twin and I were in the hospital for months, suffering from withdrawal and recovering from surgical operations. It doesn’t say God was watching over us and had a plan to give us a future and hope.

By the pure and powerful grace of God, my sister and I were placed in foster care, together. We moved from home to home, together. And against all odds, in 1986, our Mom and Dad, Tommy and Theresa, took us home to an Air Force base in England, together.  My parents changed our names to Jacqueline and Stephanie. Out of all my siblings, my sister and I were the only ones to be adopted.

My Mom, My Dad; my mom, my dad

I never got to know my birth mom. I met her once when I was five; she was drunk and fell out of a chair while holding my sister. We didn’t want to see her after that. We talked on the phone again when I was around 10. She said she would send us money for Christmas. My Mom told us not to believe her. I did anyway. Needless to say, the money never came. And that was it. She died from cancer in 2011. I never felt I needed anything deeper, because I already had a Mom.

Every night before bed, my Mom talked to my twin and me about life (I could do anything I wanted), adoption (we were “chosen”), my dream to drive a strawberry truck (after I graduated from college), and the love of Christ (we were so loved). She told us we were beautiful – and we could do all things through Christ, especially the impossible. And when my twin sister was diagnosed with cancer, she took care of her as only a Mommy can, loving us all through the most difficult times in our lives.

I didn’t get to know my birth father either – although he’s still around. While I was in law school, I did write to him for a few months – when he went to prison. He would send beautifully illustrated cards, with words that didn’t always make sense. But, it’s enough that I knew he was trying to apologize for not having been a dad to us. He would sign the cards sometimes with his full name, sometimes with his initials, but always with “Your Dad.

But he wasn’t my Dad. My Dad is a military veteran, who bought my sister and me our first bikes and wrestled with us on the living room floor and braided our hair. My parents were with both my sister and me for the birth of our children — buying all three children their first car seats, while we were in labor.

Why us

At the age of 28, my identical twin sister was diagnosed with a rare cancer. She was already stage IV when they found it. She passed a year later. As I was pulling pictures from her Facebook page for her Home-Going Service, I saw a picture of us as babies, with our biological grandparents. I had never seen a baby photo of us, and I didn’t even know my biological grandparents had known us as babies, let alone held us long enough for someone to snap a picture. At my sister’s funeral, I learned from my biological father’s sister, that their father, my grandfather, had worked at the hospital where we were born. On his lunch breaks, she said, “He would go up to the nursery and pray for you guys every day. Every day.”

There it was. A powerful and essential piece of our life story, suddenly falling into place. A huge “why”’ was answered for me in that moment. Why my sister and I survived; Why we weren’t separated in foster care; Why we were the only ones out of all our biological siblings to be adopted. A loving God who answers prayer. It was in that moment that God, the Father, became so real to me. I truly understood what David was talking about when he says God lovingly knits us together in our mother’s womb. God had known and loved my sister and me from the beginning. He had a plan for us that no one could mess up. My biological grandfather lived long enough to see the twin granddaughters he prayed for be adopted into a loving family, and I’m sure God reassured him his legacy of faith would be grown and nurtured by my parents.

Beauty from Ashes

God has written into my life the very story of salvation. God himself takes the abandoned and broken and hopeless and turns them into something wanted, beautiful and priceless. He takes us in, wraps us in His arms, changes our names, and tells us who we really are. He becomes our Father, and we become His children. Through adoption, my parents took abandoned girls, broken and unwanted. They changed our names and gave us theirs. They gave us love and acceptance in spite of who we had been, in spite of where we had come from. They gave us a new and hopeful future.

I can’t express what adoption means to me. I truly believe it’s the calling of every Christian to carry the Spirit of Adoption with us, bringing hope and light to the broken and unwanted. Every day, ministries like Family Policy Alliance, and our state allies in over 40 states, fight for the right of families to bring children into their homes and love them with the love of Christ. These families give a future and a hope to children and tell them who they are and who they can be.

There are over a half-million children in foster care in America each year. States desperately need the support of private adoption agencies to place children with loving, supportive families. Instead, many are closing their doors, because of laws that restrict the rights of agencies to place children according to religious values and morals. Texas, Alabama, Mississippi and South Dakota are trailblazers in protecting these vital charities that are critical for quicker placement of children into forever homes and families. At the federal level, Rep. Mike Kelly (Pennsylvania’s 3rd House District) introduced the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act, a bill similar to those passed at the state level, to protect faith-based adoption agencies from being discriminated against by the government.

Help support the spirit of adoption by standing with us is in fighting for the religious freedom of private adoption agencies throughout our nation. Urge your U.S. Representative to support the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act, and if your state does not have a similar protection in place, work with your state-based family policy group to help get one enacted.