"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 1:27
100% of your donation to an adoption grant will help fund a Candian Christian family's adoption, without deducting anything for administration costs.
Connecting, equipping and mobilizing the Church in Canada to care for the orphan through adoption and foster care.
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Together For Adoption Canada is a national conference that exists to build a community of foster and adoptive families in Canada and to encourage and equip those families to follow this sacred calling to care for vulnerable children. We aim to inspire, educate, equip and celebrate families, churches and agencies to serve the needs of waiting children and those who care for them. We'd love for you to join us June 10-11 in Surrey, BC for an inspiring weekend. Joshua Harris (author of “I Kissed Dating Good-bye,” “Dug Down Deep: Building Your Life on Truths that Last” and “Why Church Matters”) and Jason Kovacs (co-founder of Together for Adoption) will be the main session speakers. There will also be an "Empowered to Connect Parenting" pre-conference with Brian and Colleen Derksen. The conference includes a variety of practical breakout sessions on a range of adoption/fostering topics. Click here to learn more and register. Early registration ends April 30th!
One of the first ABBA Canada Foundation grants ever given was back in 2011 to a family who was adopting from the Congo. This family didn't realize the ride they were in for as adoptions from the Congo were about to come to a halt in the middle of their process. We sent out many prayer requests for this family and finally, four years later, we are so happy to report that two precious girls are now home with their forever family. We invite you to check out the full version of their story here.
Hey everyone, we are so excited to reveal our new promo video! We had a very generous donor come forward and offer to pay for a promo video. We are very grateful and very excited, as we feel this captures the heart of ABBA Canada and introduces you to a couple of our grant recipient families. Enjoy and please share!
November is International adoption month and we want to see churches all across Canada joining together in support of Orphan Sunday. Christian Alliance for Orphans, has been a huge advocate for Orphan Sunday and provides many resources and materials to help your church develop your own Orphan Sunday. We have provided some helpful links and resources that you can use. Feel free to incorporate your own ideas or let us know of any way in which we can support or assist you.
Each event is locally-led and can consist of sermons, small groups, concerts, prayer gatherings, shared meals, youth activities, or any combination. Click here for some event ideas from Orphansunday.org
Orphan Sunday is your opportunity to awaken your church, community and friends to God’s call to care for children without families. Many churches and organizations have hosted “Orphan Sundays” over the years and inspired believers to ask what they can do to serve children without families.
On our Orphan Sunday page, you will find a list of helpful resources that your church could use in bringing awareness to the worldwide orphan crisis. Perhaps your church would be willing to host an Orphan Sunday, have a special message or host an awareness night/fundraiser for adoption grants or an orphanage.
Choose a date in November, begin planning, and let us know! We will have a listing of all churches/organizations participating in Orphan Sunday (can be any date in November) all across Canada!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in hosting an Orphan Sunday and we will help you get started and post it on our website.
We wanted to take a minute to introduce you to an exciting new ministry in Canada. Forever Families Canada had their official launch at the Together For Adoption Conference in May. We are very excited about this new ministry, as we know the leadership personally and we have been so impressed with their hearts and motivation to see more kids find permanent loving homes. We are amazed what they have accomplished already and very excited about what the future holds. They will help bring unity to the adoption/foster movement in Canada and they will provide a great support network to adoptive/foster families.
Here is their vision from their website: Forever Families of Canada exists to facilitate greater capacity in the Canadian Church to effectively care for waiting children through national networking, education, and local leadership development. Forever Families of Canada envisions a thriving Canadian Church that is connected, equipped and mobilized in effective local and global action for waiting children.
Forever Families refers to the broader sense of child permanency in families, whether that be through adoption, fostering towards a permanency plan or family preservation. We believe that children belong in families, and that God calls the Church to be inclusive just as our Heavenly Father has brought us into His forever family.
If you have a heart to see children in families, you want support in starting something in your area, you currently have a ministry or you just want to connect and see how they can support you, we encourage you to stop by their website and see what they're up to. And please pray for them as they start something new and much needed in Canada!
Hey everyone, there's still time to join us this weekend for Together For Adoption! The 3rd annual Canadian conference is coming to Maple Ridge BC, May 22-23, 2015. Together For Adoption Canada is a national conference that exists to build a community of foster and adoptive families in Canada and to encourage and equip those families to follow this sacred calling to care for vulnerable children. We aim to inspire, educate, equip and celebrate families, churches and agencies to serve the needs of waiting children and those who care for them.
We hope you have already registered and will be joining us, but if not, we want to invite you. It's not too late to register. If you are not able to join us, we hope that you will join us in prayer for this powerful time together and the many children who, we hope, will find forever families in the years to come through what God will do here.
Here is a little taste of what to expect at the conference: Main speakers include:
Pastor Mark Clark (Village Church, Surrey BC)Dr. Sharen Ford (Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs CO)David Hennessey (Global CAFO)
Breakout topics include:
Adoption basicsAdult attachmentOpen adoption as a ministry to birth familiesHelping church staff and volunteers become trauma-informedSpiritual warfare in adoptionSpecial needs adoptionsPreparing siblings for the new additionReady, set, go... practical ways to engage your church so it’s not simply “your thing"Effective counselling approaches for adoptive familiesSustaining and supporting adoptive familiesPanel: What I wish I had known about adoption before I adoptedFoster care 101Global Orphan Care Movement: What is happening and what are best practices?Connecting while correcting: Disciplining with relationship in mindFundraising for adoptions
There are also 2 pre-conference options to choose from:
1) “Parents: taking good care of yourselves while fostering/adopting” Dr. Jon Bergeron (Hope for Orphans)
2) Collaborate Canada: Leadership Forum Beginning with dinner Thursday, May 21 5:30pm-8:30pm Please visit the conference website for more info and to register: www.t4acanada.comWe hope you can join us!