Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. (Ephesians 1:3-6)
Adoption was God's plan even before the creation of the world. It is an incredible picture of the Gospel, in which God chose to bring us into His family and call us his own.
Adoption is the process by which a child moves permanently from one family to another family. Foster care is a temporary arrangement in which a family provides a home and love for a child while the birthparents are unable to care for them. The goal of foster care is the reunification of that family, but adoption is an option if reunification is no longer possible.
We want to serve our city. We want to love its people. We want to be #forROC.
The best resource in a foster care or adoption journey is others who have gone before you. Every foster and adoption story is unique. Below are just a few. We'd love to connect with anyone interested in becoming a foster parent, an adoptive parent, or a resource to those who do foster care or adoption.
Tom and Lara Capuano
Tom and Lara have been married for 14 years. Experiencing their own unexpected pregnancy gave them a heart for young couples in crisis pregnancy situations. They now have five children (two came to them through adoption) and they are passionate about open-adoption and adoption education.
Colin and Ashley Leathersich
We adopted our son Ephraim through domestic infant adoption using an agency in Buffalo, NY named Adoption STAR. We met him when he was two days old at the hospital. We have a closed adoption. We adopted our daughter Brynn two years later as an infant through a private adoption. A family friend from Ashley's hometown connected us to someone she knew who was pregnant and looking to place the baby for adoption. We have an extremely open adoption with Brynn's birth family (frequent visits, texting weekly, etc.).
Adam and Jenn Congdon
We have been married for 13 years and have 3 biological children. In October 2016 God really softened our hearts toward foster care and opening our home to children in need. We became licensed in May 2017 and have had 2 placements. We currently have a foster daughter living with us. Our goal in foster care is to pray and work towards reunification with parents. We would love to see God radically change not just the life of the children He has placed in our home for a time but also the life of their family. We know this will be hard and if we do it right our hearts will break when these children leave our home and go back to their parents. But we believe God will be there to heal our hearts and prepare us for our next child to love on and invest in.
Paul and Lynda Armour
We have two kids, and they are both adopted. Our son is adopted from an adoption agency in Buffalo. He came to us at birth. And our daughter came to us through the Foster Care Program. We had her older twin sisters in our care around the time her birth mom was pregnant with her. She came to us at birth, we attended about 30 court hearings for her in the 30 months we had her until she was released for adoption. We finalized her adoption before her 3rd birthday.
David and Cassie Wilson
Dave and Cassie have two biological daughters; Isabella is 8 years old and Abigail is 6 years old. In 2011 they discovered that having more biological children was no longer possible. Dave and Cassie chose to pursue adoption through the foster care system. It has been a blessing for them to nurture and love on these little ones while they waited for a child in need of a "forever" home. That child came into their lives January 2015 in the form of 10-day-old Aidan, who spent more than 2 years in the Wilson home as their foster son until he was legally adopted in April 2015. Dave and Cassie believe they are done adopting, but do not feel like their foster care journey is at an end. They excitedly look forward to providing a temporary home for another child in need.
Joshua and Heather Horn
Our family began to pursue foster care in 2013. We have had the privilege of briefly parenting two babies who were able to return to birth family. We've also had a long-term placement and have had the joy of becoming intimately involved with the child's birth family as he has moved between our home and theirs over the last three years. We think of foster care as a way for our entire family to serve Jesus and love others together, including our two biological children.
The largest barrier to adoption is usually the financial one. It can cost tens of thousands of dollars in fees, medical expenses, and overhead costs. To help make adoption a more accessible option for members, Northridge Church has established a fund through the non-profit organization ABBA Fund to provide grants and interest-free loans to qualifying families. ABBA Fund can also help you set up a family adoption fund to invite your friends and family members to contribute to your adoption process. You can apply for all of that through a single application (and you can read more here about the family adoption fund and the interest-free loans).
On the application under the "Church Information" section, please mark "Yes" to the question "Does your church have an adoption assistance program with ABBA Fund?" and write "Northridge Adoption Fund" as the name of that fund.
If you would like to donate to the fund to support adoptive families from Northridge, you can do that with a check made payable to ABBA Fund by including a memo or notation indicating Northridge Church and sending to: ABBA Fund, PO Box 868049, Plano, TX 75086. Donations can also be made online. Donors will choose the Church Loan Fund in the “Choose Your Designation” area of the form and then they must specify Northridge Church in the “notes” box in order for us to code correctly for you.