ABBA Canada exists to raise the banner of God’s call to care for the fatherless. We exist to respond to the Biblical call of James 1:27 “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.” It is the hope and prayer of this ministry that it will develop awareness, compassion and conviction to minister to orphans, through a variety of different means. Our dream is for every believer to be engaged with helping vulnerable children and we long to see thousands of children around the world cared for through this ministry, and others like it.
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Adoption Financial Assistance
The adoption journey is a wonderful and miraculous experience, yet along the way there will be obstacles to overcome. For many families, the financial hurdle may be the most difficult one to conquer. Those who are not familiar with the process may easily become frustrated or disheartened with the costs associated with adoption. While many families have room in their hearts and homes for a child, they all too often become discouraged and do not answer the call to adopt due to monetary concerns. ABBA Canada is working to help with the financial burden of adoption. Click on the link below to apply for a grant through ABBA Canada.
How to Apply
Step 1: Download the application.
Step 2: Fill out the application.
Step 3: Three references must be received by ABBA Canada prior to review of your application. References should include your Pastor, an employer/co-worker and friend. Reference forms are included as the last three pages of the application form and should be completed and mailed to ABBA Canada by your references.
Step 4: Make a copy of your home study and your most recent tax return to include with the application. We will not review your application until we receive these items. Please note, we can only provide grants to families working with an adoption agency that is a registered Canadian Charity. Please contact your agency or check the CRA charitable listings, if you are unsure about their status.
Step 5: Mail the completed application, reference list, and copies of your home study and tax return to: ABBA Canada, Attn: Tamara Hull, #120 – 5501 204th St. Langley, B.C. V3A 5N8.
Application Deadlines are: January 1st, May 1st, July 1st, October 1st. Please no email applications, only paper copies will be accepted.
Step 6: Pray that God will grant ABBA Canada staff wisdom as we complete the review process and funding to increase our capacity to make grants.
Step 7: Wait to hear from an ABBA Canada representative. Someone will contact you either by email or phone, within three months of your application deadline submission date, to let you know if we can assist you.
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Equipping the Church
As the largest organization on earth, we believe the Church is God’s instrument to bring hope to the orphan and provide a response to the global orphan crisis. We believe the Church is the answer that will change the lives of these waiting children forever. The Bible mentions caring for widows and orphans over forty times. In fact, the Bible says one measure of our faith is whether we care for widows and orphans in their distress (James 1:27). Because God cares for orphans, he wants us to care for them as well. Churches are the most influential source of care and support. As the distribution center for hope in a community, the local church is best able to identify needs and support interventions for orphaned and vulnerable children in every community.
Engaging your church to respond and creating awareness is one of the main ways you can care for the orphan. Much of the movement going on in churches across the world is due to church members who are championing the cause of the orphan within their congregations. Posters, handouts, tabletop displays, devotionals, pictures of waiting children and awareness events are just some of the ways churches have brought awareness to their congregations and moved them to care and respond.
Why should a church consider establishing an adoption fund?
Many believers are stepping out in faith and following God’s direction to care for orphans and expand their families through adoption, yet these families often are discouraged by seemingly insurmountable financial obstacles along the way. By establishing adoption funds, local churches can directly minister to their own church families by removing the financial barriers so often faced by adoptive families. At ABBA Canada, we desire to use our experience and passion for adoption to assist churches in establishing and administering church adoption funds.
- Establishing an adoption fund provides an opportunity for the church to become engaged in the scriptural mandate to care for orphans.
- An adoption fund provides a tangible means for the church to support and provide for the financial needs of families adopting.
- Adoption funds further enable adoptions to happen, providing the opportunity to reach across the globe and bring children into homes where the gospel is proclaimed.
ABBA Canada is currently setup to provide:
- Experience, expertise, and coaching in establishing your church fund.
- A qualification process for families based on mutually agreed upon criteria.
- Fund administration that allows you to establish an account with us.
- Tax-receipts to donors.
- Web donations.
How do I start an adoption fund at my church?
- Contact ABBA Canada with any questions and to discuss the specific needs at your church.
- Allow ABBA Canada to prepare church-specific tools to assist you in presenting the need and benefit of a church adoption fund to your church leadership.
How else can my church partner with ABBA Canada?
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- Missions – ABBA Canada would like to be a part of your Missions ministry/budget. Donations will assist in our operations so that we can continue to serve families, children, and churches around the country.
- Prayer – An important way you can support us is through praying.
Supporting Adopting Families
ABBA Canada believes that the whole church should be a part of the adoption process. Although not every Christian will adopt, we believe that every Christian is called by scripture to play a part in caring for the orphan. We want to see believers raised up to offer their talents and giftings to serve adoptive families. We believe in empowering the local church to connect the needs of the adoptive family with those in the congregation that can meet those needs. It may be something as simple as helping with shopping or babysitting so parents can have a much needed night out. Maybe there’s someone skilled in construction that can offer renovations to help accommodate a new child.
ABBA Canada would love to help your church brainstorm ways the congregation can rally around an adoptive family and meet their practical needs. Many churches have also started ministries to serve local foster care children or their fostering families. We are a part of the body of Christ, and God has asked us… what are we doing about this global crisis? What is our part to play? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org us for more information or ideas.