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Most times people are adopting in good heart to help rescue a child who has been abandoned, neglected, or abused. It a great feeling to help anyone out of a bad situation but sometimes those bad situations never leave them. Many kids that are abused and neglected before getting taken away from the family will have issues when growing up and a lot of times will lash out to their new family and peers. The Adoption UK did a survey and found that around 65% of all families that has an adopted child from a troubling past has experienced some type of violence towards them from their child.

Many of these children have faced some type of trauma and as a result have some form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Many of these kids have been beaten, raped, starved, verbally abused and been forced to live in terrible conditions. They did not start their early childhood with a proper home and family so their only notion on what a family is supposed to be is what they have experienced. Having a negative view of what a family is can lead to many issues down the road in their life and development. This is something that families need to look into and understand what they are getting into when they start looking for a child they want to adopt.

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My name is Pierce Erhardt and I grew up just a little north of Atlanta, Georgia. I went to a small private Christian school my whole life where I began my wrestling career. I was given an opportunity to continue my wrestling career at Huntingdon College another small, private Christian school located in Montgomery, Alabama. I am now a rising Senior getting ready to receive a bachelor’s degree in both Business Administration and Sports Management. I’ve always had the idea of going to law school, and to one day work at a law firm. This idea is what brought me here to The Adoption Law Firm in Montgomery, Alabama. I have been given a great opportunity to intern with adoption attorney Sam McLure, where I have gotten to see some of the ins and outs of how adoptions work.

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The Southern Baptist Church had its annual conference in Birmingham, Al. from June 10th through the 12th. During the convention many topics where talked about but, one specifically is how the church can get more involved with foster care and the adoption process. In a panel discussion with 2 guests, Tera Melber and Jerry Haag, and a mediator, Matt Crawford, they discussed how the church should approach foster care and although it is a messy place that they should still pursue it to help the orphaned children in need.

Crawford, who is a father of an adopted child, sent an important message to the panel and the crowd listening and that message is “the Lord will grip your heart to answer the Scripture’s call to care for orphans.”. Another important message was from Melber, who is a mother of 3 adopted children, her message discussed that foster care is very messy but that Jesus came in and adopted all of us into his family and that the members of the church need to help those who need it, and children in foster care need it the most. A way that churches can get heavily involved is to go to government agencies like the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to try and become a facility for foster kids. This will help these kids have a stable family and community, spread the love of God, but also churches already do so many clothing and food drives for orphaned children that members will be able to see where those donations go and encourage them to donate more.

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My name is Pierce Erhardt and I grew up just a little north of Atlanta, Georgia. I went to a small private Christian school my whole life where I began my wrestling career. I was given an opportunity to continue my wrestling career at Huntingdon College another small, private Christian school located in Montgomery, Alabama. I am now a rising Senior getting ready to receive a bachelor’s degree in both Business Administration and Sports Management. I’ve always had the idea of going to law school, and to one day work at a law firm. This idea is what brought me here to The Adoption Law Firm in Montgomery, Alabama. I have been given a great opportunity to intern with adoption attorney Sam McLure, where I have gotten to see some of the ins and outs of how adoptions work.

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Is Adoption Getting Harder?

Jacques and Emily Rancourts have 7 children, 5 of which are adopted. Four of their adopted children are from China and two of which have severe health issues. Lily who is now a 9-year-old girl had a heart transplant when she was only 4 years old. Their other child, Mackenzie, has been through a living hell. She got an infection that started in her ear and spread into her skull. It required a 14-hour surgery and then another 12 weeks of IV antibiotics. This infection was caused by bacteria found in human feces that made its way into Mackenzie’s ear through liquid.

Mackenzie and Lily may have never been Brough into the Rancourts’  family if it wasn’t for pre-matching. Pre-match is the ability for a family who is looking to adopt to see the children they are adoption. The Rancourts almost didn’t go through with the adoption process until they came across a picture of Lily and they just knew she was the one. Without that one moment that pre-matching was able to create Lily may have never been saved and could have possibly died from her heart issues. The same thing could have happened with Mackenzie and her illness. Pre-matching is not only important for the adoption parents but also could be a life savior for the child.

Click here for the Federalist article on this topic.

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My name is Pierce Erhardt and I grew up just a little north of Atlanta, Georgia. I went to a small private Christian school my whole life where I began my wrestling career. I was given an opportunity to continue my wrestling career at Huntingdon College another small, private Christian school located in Montgomery, Alabama. I am now a rising Senior getting ready to receive a bachelor’s degree in both Business Administration and Sports Management. I’ve always had the idea of going to law school, and to one day work at a law firm. This idea is what brought me here to The Adoption Law Firm in Montgomery, Alabama. I have been given a great opportunity to intern with adoption attorney Sam McLure, where I have gotten to see some of the ins and outs of how adoptions work.

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Fatherlessness in America

Children growing up without fathers has become a major issue and concern throughout our country. One in every third child is being raised by a single mother with no father. Children being raised in the inner city have become more susceptible to this issue and we as a nation need to find a cure for this disease.

The biggest concern for the children that are growing up fatherless is that they are much more likely to have depression and twice as likely to commit suicide. At the root of the problem is mental health. Children with mental health issues tend to drop out of high school and are becoming substance abusers. These children are looking for a sense of protection in a father figure and that is causing them to turn towards gangs, which is getting them caught in a world of crime. Joining these gangs has caused kids to be incarcerated at a much higher rate. Our jail system is already overflowing and if there is a way to help these kids out before they get into the gangs, then we can help dwindle the jail population.

Daughters being raised without a father are more likely to become sexually active at a younger age than most other women. Nearly 70% of unwanted teen pregnancies occur from daughters that are being raised without a father in their home. 25% of those unwanted pregnancies lead to abortion. Nearly 50% of abortions come from women under the age of 25. These pregnant teens also have a 20% higher chance of having a miscarriage than women in her 20s. If we could decrease the issue of fatherlessness then hopefully, the number of abortions will drastically decrease.

There are many ways that these fatherless children can find a “father figure” throughout the community. First though, a father that abuses their child or spouse does not need to be with their child. Children should be able to find comfort in their pastor at church or within their coach. But only seeing their Pastor once a week for a few hours, or seeing their coach an hour or two a day during their sport season isn’t a great way to find a father figure. These people are great role models and should be looked up to but, there isn’t a ton of time to create a close bond. If these coaches and pastors take that extra time and give back to the child, then they can become that father figure.

Fathers that are not married to the mother of their child, still needs to find a way to be in their child’s life. This could be taking an interest in their child education and coming to school events, attending sporting events, and just being around the child as much as possible to help them see what a good father figure truly is. Of course, having the father and mother together could cause some tension if they do not get a long, but it would be for the best interest of the child if they were to cooperate. Having a grandfather or stepfather could be a great way to fill the gap of an absent father. These men could come in to help the child see a good father figure. A grandfather has already gone down the path of being a father, and a stepfather could possibly already have children and if not, they have probably spent time with the child before the marriage to help build a connection.

There are several organizations from the church and other nonprofit organizations that provide a refuge and a place where children who don’t have fathers can go, learn, and observe from men in their community. Many of these organizations provide care and shelter for children who don’t have a home, who don’t have parents, or have parents that neglect or abuse them. Places like schools need to start working on an after-school program where their teachers, especially male teachers, can work with the students in their academics, but also be a source of comfort if the child has any type of issue going on in their life.

Teachers need to give students an idea of graduating high school and attending college will be very beneficial in their lives. This needs to start at a young age in late elementary school and continue through high school. We as a community need to work with the children at school to strive for a higher education and to get a college degree to help reinforce that idea. To make all this happen though, the teachers and faculty at these schools must go all-in on these students and the students must also be engaged. There will always be a few students who will lash out and be against it, but if this program can save a handful of kids from every school then it would be a success.

Fatherlessness is an issue that will never totally go away, but if we can continue to work with the children that are affected by it, then maybe we can decrease the amount of mental issues that come with it. Most of the mental issues come from children being neglected and feeling as if they are worthless; but, having somebody tell them every day that they can be successful and that they are worth something will completely change the mindset of these children. It all starts with the community reaching out to these children and guiding them towards the right direction. They need that father figure to show them the right way.

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            My name is Pierce Erhardt and I grew up just a little north of Atlanta, Georgia. I went to a small private Christian school my whole life where I began my wrestle career. I was given an opportunity to continue my wrestling career at Huntingdon College another small, private Christian school located in Montgomery, Alabama. I am now a rising Senior getting ready to receive a bachelor’s degree in both Business Administration and Sports Management. I’ve always had the idea of going to law school, and to one day work at a law firm. This idea is what brought me here to The Adoption Law Firm in Montgomery, Alabama. I have been given a great opportunity to intern with adoption attorney Sam McLure, where I have gotten to see some of the ins and outs of how adoptions work.

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Works Referenced

“Fatherless Daughters: How Growing Up Without a Dad Affects Women.” WeHaveKids,

wehavekids.com/family-relationships/When-Daddy-Dont-Love-Their-Daughters-What-Happens-

to-Women-Whose-Fathers-Werent-There-for-Them.

Kiefer, Amy. “Age and the Risk of Miscarriage.” Expecting Science, 7 Jan. 2016,

expectingscience.com/2015/09/22/age-and-the-risk-of-miscarriage/.

Sanchez, Claudio. “Poverty, Dropouts, Pregnancy, Suicide: What The Numbers Say About Fatherless

Kids.” NPR, NPR, 18 June 2017, www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/06/18/533062607/poverty-

dropouts-pregnancy-suicide-what-the-numbers-say-about-fatherless-kids.

Thompson, Katie. “From Fatherlessness to Flourishing.” Shared Justice, Shared Justice, 5 Oct. 2017,

www.sharedjustice.org/domestic-justice/2017/10/5/from-fatherlessness-to-flourishing.

“U.S. Abortion Statistics.” Abort73.Com / Abortion Unfiltered,

abort73.com/abortion_facts/us_abortion_statistics/.

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… How Long would it take to adopt this child?

How Long Does It Take To Adopt a Child? #adoption #adopt - YouTube

About the author

Sam McLure is the Founder of The Adoption Law Firm.

Sam and his wife Mary Beth were inspired to establish The Adoption Law Firm during the process of adopting their first son, Robi (read more about their experience on the blog, Go Get Robi).

Sam and Mary Beth were exposed to the great need for loving families to adopt abandoned children at home and around the world.  They began to dream of a law center that could zealously advocate for children to be placed in loving homes.  Eventually, that dream became a reality.

The Adoption Law Firm exists to zealously advocate for orphaned children to be adopted into loving homes.

Samuel J. McLure, Esq.

EDUCATION

  • Thomas Goode Jones School of Law
    J.D., Cum Laude
  • Huntingdon College
    B.A. Business Administration – International Business

EXPERIENCE

  • Alabama Attorney General Candidate (2018 Election Cycle)
  • The Adoption Law Firm (2011 – Current)
    Founder, Attorney
  • Lifeline Children’s Services (2015 – 2016)
    Senior Legal Counsel
  • Sasser, Sefton, Brown, Tipton, & Davis (Fall 2012)
    Law Clerk – Corporate Litigation
  • Jones Walker (Summer 2010)
    Law Clerk – Banking & Finance
  • Supreme Court of Alabama (Spring 2010)
    Law Clerk Externship – Justice Smith
  • Prof. Matt Vega – Jones School of Law (Fall 2009 – Spring 2010)
    Research Assistant – Alien Tort Statute
  • Office of the Attorney General of Alabama (Summer 2009)
    Law Clerk Internship – White Collar Crime Division

PUBLICATIONS

  • Alabama’s Political Candidates and Their Capacity to Care For Orphans, Alabama Political Reporter (April 25, 2017).
  • The End of Orphan Care, Archdeacon Books (June 8, 2016).
  • Absent Biological Fathers in Adoption: Noticing the Nuance of Notice, Faulkner Law Review, Vol. 6, Issue 2, pg. 305 (Spring 2015).
  • Conviction and Contentment: Surveying Alabama’s Strategies to Care for Abused and Neglected Children, Alabama Today (May 22, 2015).
  • State Constitutional Personhood Amendments and the Promotion of Justice in Alabama, Regent Journal of Law & Public Policy, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Spring 2012).
  • Embracing Orphan Care & Adoption, River Region’s Journey, at pg. 22 (February 2012).
  • What is the Cost of Adoption?, River Region’s Journey, at pg. 26 (February 2012).
  • Adoption, Sav-A-Life of Montgomery, Inc., Vol. 26, Issue 11 (November 2011).
The End of Orphan Care, by Sam McLure

The End of Orphan Care, now available through Amazon, is perhaps the most comprehensive work on orphan care, to date.

Samuel E. Upchurch, Jr., Founder and Chairman of the Board Oakworth Capital Bank, states that:

“Sam McLure makes a scholarly case for Christians everywhere to follow the admonitions in James 1:27 to visit the orphans in their afflictions.  McLure paints a picture which expands the definition of “orphans” and the meaning of “visit” and calls on the Church to care for the unborn, the fatherless and the at risk youth everywhere. I began reading this book to write an endorsement but, as one with an adopted grandchild, found much historical and theological support for adoption.”

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Discover the Weissend family’s beautiful international adoption story in this short film! Be encouraged by this heartwarming story from The Adoption Law Firm!

The Weissend Family's Adoption Story #adoption - YouTube

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Fox News first reported on the heart warming story of a nurse who ended up adopting a baby who was abandoned at the hospital. The parents first made attempts to visit, but eventually disappeared.  The nurse first took to visiting the newborn at the end of her shift, then served as the child foster parent, and ended up adopting her.

Sadly, like many children who enter foster care, the child was subjected to forced drug use during pregnancy. Almost all babies who are taken into care of the state, or are placed for adoption at birth have parents who struggle with drug addiction. If you are one of those parents reading this, please reach out to us for help. There are great, judgement-free, places that can help.

If you are a prospective adoptive parent reading this – don’t be afraid.  Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome is common … scary, but common.  It basically amounts to withdrawal symptoms from drugs like heroine and cocaine.  While the infant is in NICU, the medical professionals can closely evaluate the infants progress and prescribe medication as necessary. There are usually no significant long term effects from neonatal abstinence syndrome.

See Fox News Story Here

About the author

Sam McLure is the Founder of The Adoption Law Firm.

Sam and his wife Mary Beth were inspired to establish The Adoption Law Firm during the process of adopting their first son, Robi (read more about their experience on the blog, Go Get Robi).

Sam and Mary Beth were exposed to the great need for loving families to adopt abandoned children at home and around the world.  They began to dream of a law center that could zealously advocate for children to be placed in loving homes.  Eventually, that dream became a reality.

The Adoption Law Firm exists to zealously advocate for orphaned children to be adopted into loving homes.

Samuel J. McLure, Esq.

EDUCATION

  • Thomas Goode Jones School of Law
    J.D., Cum Laude
  • Huntingdon College
    B.A. Business Administration – International Business

EXPERIENCE

  • Alabama Attorney General Candidate (2018 Election Cycle)
  • The Adoption Law Firm (2011 – Current)
    Founder, Attorney
  • Lifeline Children’s Services (2015 – 2016)
    Senior Legal Counsel
  • Sasser, Sefton, Brown, Tipton, & Davis (Fall 2012)
    Law Clerk – Corporate Litigation
  • Jones Walker (Summer 2010)
    Law Clerk – Banking & Finance
  • Supreme Court of Alabama (Spring 2010)
    Law Clerk Externship – Justice Smith
  • Prof. Matt Vega – Jones School of Law (Fall 2009 – Spring 2010)
    Research Assistant – Alien Tort Statute
  • Office of the Attorney General of Alabama (Summer 2009)
    Law Clerk Internship – White Collar Crime Division

PUBLICATIONS

  • Alabama’s Political Candidates and Their Capacity to Care For Orphans, Alabama Political Reporter (April 25, 2017).
  • The End of Orphan Care, Archdeacon Books (June 8, 2016).
  • Absent Biological Fathers in Adoption: Noticing the Nuance of Notice, Faulkner Law Review, Vol. 6, Issue 2, pg. 305 (Spring 2015).
  • Conviction and Contentment: Surveying Alabama’s Strategies to Care for Abused and Neglected Children, Alabama Today (May 22, 2015).
  • State Constitutional Personhood Amendments and the Promotion of Justice in Alabama, Regent Journal of Law & Public Policy, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Spring 2012).
  • Embracing Orphan Care & Adoption, River Region’s Journey, at pg. 22 (February 2012).
  • What is the Cost of Adoption?, River Region’s Journey, at pg. 26 (February 2012).
  • Adoption, Sav-A-Life of Montgomery, Inc., Vol. 26, Issue 11 (November 2011).
The End of Orphan Care, by Sam McLure

The End of Orphan Care, now available through Amazon, is perhaps the most comprehensive work on orphan care, to date.

Samuel E. Upchurch, Jr., Founder and Chairman of the Board Oakworth Capital Bank, states that:

“Sam McLure makes a scholarly case for Christians everywhere to follow the admonitions in James 1:27 to visit the orphans in their afflictions.  McLure paints a picture which expands the definition of “orphans” and the meaning of “visit” and calls on the Church to care for the unborn, the fatherless and the at risk youth everywhere. I began reading this book to write an endorsement but, as one with an adopted grandchild, found much historical and theological support for adoption.”

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“Love on those who are loving the least of these.”

If you are a foster parent in the River Region, you are invited to …. drumroll … be appreciated.  On Thursday, March 28, 2019, at 6:00 pm at 3030 Mobile Highway, please come enjoy some good food and good friends.  There will be Door-prizes, Giveaways, and best of all … diapers.

RSVP to cara.beasley@dhr.alabama.gov

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Montgomery County Foster & Adoptive Parent Association is proud to announce that their next meeting is hosted by Eastwood Presbyterian Church located at 1701 E. Trinity Boulevard, Montgomery, AL 36106.  The meeting will be held from 6:00 – 7:30 pm on Thursday, February 21, 2019.

Dinner and child-care are provided!

Do you want a boring, uninteresting, and mediocre life? If so, do NOT attend this meeting.

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I heard on the radio this morning someone espousing the “Christian” view that the Bible was “just a book written by men … some of it’s right and some of it’s not … some of it’s relevant and some if it’s not.” If this is true, then every person is entitled to create a morality, a worldview, a right-and-wrong hierarchy, a “god” of their own creation.  If this talk-radio-caller is correct, then we are all entitled to our own truth; even if that means my truth should lead to the killing of innocent children.

On the other hand, the doctrine and traditions handed down from Christ and the Apostles, to be received with docility by the Church, is that the Bible is and contains the very words of God. The authoritative moral calibrater – the ruler by which to measure whether our own view of reality and morality is accurate or terribly skewed.  No house can be built without a level, leaving the laying of cement and doorframes to the “feelings” of the carpenters.  Likewise, no rational, consistent, and healthy worldview can be built without the moral compass of Scripture.

That being said, we can now turn to this moral leveler to gain insight on children diagnosed with Down syndrome in the womb.  In Psalm 127, we can learn with amazement that “children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” This statement did come in a vacuum or moral isolation. On the contrary, the practice of peoples not brought into he covenantal love of Yahweh … the grotesque practice of the non-believers, was to sacrifice their children to false gods by placing them on the metal arms of a statue – after the arms had been heated red-hot by intense fire.  

Yahweh’s moral imperatives stood in stark contrast: children are a blessing, all children; do not treat them like a disposable means to an end; do not sacrifice them to your own goals, dreams, and ambitions:

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate

The clarion call of God-followers is to love children, regardless of the perceive worth by society.  All children are “useless eaters” – how pompous it is to think that we can decide the value of something God has made in his image.

About 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome in the United States each year – that’s after 85% of DS babies are killed through abortion in the womb.  In other words, 85% of the people who get a non-invasive pregnancy diagnosis (NIPD) will, statistically (may God bring a timely end to it, now),  kill their child.  The remaining 15% of children with DS make up the 6,000 that are born each year in the USA.

Would you stand in the gap for one of these children? If a parent thought they did not have the capacity to raise their child with Down syndrome, would you adopt the child? Would you love the child like your own? Like God loves them? Would you fill your quiver full of them?

If you’re still not convinced, please see this video of Frank Stephens’ testimony before Congress.

Frank Stephens' POWERFUL Speech On Down Syndrome - YouTube

*Thanks to National Down Syndrome Society and Focus on the Family for research help with this article.

About the author

Sam McLure is the Founder of The Adoption Law Firm.

Sam and his wife Mary Beth were inspired to establish The Adoption Law Firm during the process of adopting their first son, Robi (read more about their experience on the blog, Go Get Robi).

Sam and Mary Beth were exposed to the great need for loving families to adopt abandoned children at home and around the world.  They began to dream of a law center that could zealously advocate for children to be placed in loving homes.  Eventually, that dream became a reality.

The Adoption Law Firm exists to zealously advocate for orphaned children to be adopted into loving homes.

Samuel J. McLure, Esq.

EDUCATION

  • Thomas Goode Jones School of Law
    J.D., Cum Laude
  • Huntingdon College
    B.A. Business Administration – International Business

EXPERIENCE

  • Alabama Attorney General Candidate (2018 Election Cycle)
  • The Adoption Law Firm (2011 – Current)
    Founder, Attorney
  • Lifeline Children’s Services (2015 – 2016)
    Senior Legal Counsel
  • Sasser, Sefton, Brown, Tipton, & Davis (Fall 2012)
    Law Clerk – Corporate Litigation
  • Jones Walker (Summer 2010)
    Law Clerk – Banking & Finance
  • Supreme Court of Alabama (Spring 2010)
    Law Clerk Externship – Justice Smith
  • Prof. Matt Vega – Jones School of Law (Fall 2009 – Spring 2010)
    Research Assistant – Alien Tort Statute
  • Office of the Attorney General of Alabama (Summer 2009)
    Law Clerk Internship – White Collar Crime Division

PUBLICATIONS

  • Alabama’s Political Candidates and Their Capacity to Care For Orphans, Alabama Political Reporter (April 25, 2017).
  • The End of Orphan Care, Archdeacon Books (June 8, 2016).
  • Absent Biological Fathers in Adoption: Noticing the Nuance of Notice, Faulkner Law Review, Vol. 6, Issue 2, pg. 305 (Spring 2015).
  • Conviction and Contentment: Surveying Alabama’s Strategies to Care for Abused and Neglected Children, Alabama Today (May 22, 2015).
  • State Constitutional Personhood Amendments and the Promotion of Justice in Alabama, Regent Journal of Law & Public Policy, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Spring 2012).
  • Embracing Orphan Care & Adoption, River Region’s Journey, at pg. 22 (February 2012).
  • What is the Cost of Adoption?, River Region’s Journey, at pg. 26 (February 2012).
  • Adoption, Sav-A-Life of Montgomery, Inc., Vol. 26, Issue 11 (November 2011).
The End of Orphan Care, by Sam McLure

The End of Orphan Care, now available through Amazon, is perhaps the most comprehensive work on orphan care, to date.

Samuel E. Upchurch, Jr., Founder and Chairman of the Board Oakworth Capital Bank, states that:

“Sam McLure makes a scholarly case for Christians everywhere to follow the admonitions in James 1:27 to visit the orphans in their afflictions.  McLure paints a picture which expands the definition of “orphans” and the meaning of “visit” and calls on the Church to care for the unborn, the fatherless and the at risk youth everywhere. I began reading this book to write an endorsement but, as one with an adopted grandchild, found much historical and theological support for adoption.”

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