Orphan Care Ministry
The Bible defines true religion in very practical terms when it says, “Religion that is pure and undefined before God, the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” (James 1:27)
The goal of the Crossroads’ Orphan Care Ministry is to provide loving, practical support to orphans and those who welcome them into their families through adoption and foster care.
The Adoption Assistance Fund
Psalm 68:6 says, “God sets the lonely in families.” There is nothing more natural for the Christian family than welcoming a child through adoption. Adoption is a term used in the Scripture to describe the believers position in God’s family through the rescuing work of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:5). The Adoption Assistance Fund makes adoption a more affordable option for families feeling led of the Lord to adopt. Since its inception in 2007, many families have received support through the Adoption Assistance Fund. This fund is supported entirely by the gracious gifts of our church family.
Adoptive/Foster Family Support
The Orphan Care Ministry also aims to provide steady support for our growing community of adoptive and foster families. That support comes through mentoring relationships, practical help for families returning with adopted children or foster children, and adoption/foster care support seminars offered periodically in the church.
Crossroads continues to partner with Bethany Social Services in Ukraine to provide support for “at risk” children and their families. A team is sent annually to lead a summer camp, caring physically and spiritually for children in need.
Mid-Atlantic Orphan Care Coalition
We are thrilled to be partnered with the Mid-Atlantic Orphan Care Coalition (MAOCC) locally. MAOCC seeks to connect the church with local children in need. In any given year, Delaware has around 750 children in foster care. The adoption and foster care needs in our state are great! In November Crossroads participates in the 50 Churches/50 Children campaign to raise awareness. To learn more more about MAOC visit www.orphancarecoalition.org.