"Duck Dynasty" stars Willie and Korie Robertson were among the celebrities honored Wednesday night by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute in Washington, D.C. for making the decision to adopt their son, Will, and for promoting adoption at events throughout the United States.
Willie and Korie "have twice restored the hope of a family to a child in distress and are vocal advocates of adoption," CCAI Executive Director Kathleen Strottman said in a statement shared with The Christian Post.
"I think it's important for people to know that we adopted Will before we became rich and famous," said Willie, who was recognized as one of CCAI's National Angels in Adoption at the awards gala. "I say that because I think sometimes people think that only the rich and famous have what it takes, the money, the staff, to give a home to a child. But the truth is anyone can do it, once you have committed to make that kind of difference in a child's life. It's one of the best things I've ever done." more >>
China made more than $2 billion from its "One Child Policy" in 2012, according to a Christian Chinese lawyer, with the huge sum of money being generated through fines imposed by regulators.
Suspicious that governments were using the one child policy fines or "social support fees" as a significant source of revenue in poorer parts of the country, Wu Youshui asked China's 31 provincial governments to disclose how much they had collected in fines.
"We want to shed light on how the current family planning policy works," Mr. Wu told The New York Times. "Many are debating reform of the family planning policy. Learning how it works may help with that debate." more >>
WASHINGTON – Children in Families First (CHIFF) was introduced Thursday in the U.S. Senate to address many of the problems that has led to a steady decline in the inter-country adoption of orphans. The bill has the support of many pro-adoption advocacy groups, including Saddleback Church, Christian Alliance for Orphans, Joint Council on International Children's Services, and Both Ends Burning Campaign.
Despite the fact that there are about 200 million orphans in the world today, international adoptions to the United States have dropped 62 percent in the last nine years.
The reasons for the decline involve a complicated set of problems that has involved the United Nations and the U.S. State Department. (For more information, The Christian Post published a series of articles about the problem last year, which you can read here, here, here and here.) more >>
Secular Pro-Life has launched a campaign this week to reach out to atheists and agnostics who are against abortion.
"Every week, we get an email from someone to the effect of 'I thought I was the only pro-life atheist!'" said Kelsey Hazzard, the president of Secular Pro-Life said on the organization's blog. "It gets lonely out there. Non-religious pro-lifers are not often acknowledged in the mainstream media. This creates a vicious cycle; people think they're alone, which makes them less likely to speak out for life, which makes others more likely to think they're alone."
John Elefante, former lead singer of the band "Kansas," teamed up with pro-life group Online for Life to release a music video of his song "This Time," which details the story of his adopted daughter's near abortion.
"I did not set out to write a pro-life, anti-abortion song, I simply wanted to tell the story of how my daughter came into the world," Elefante told The Christian Post on Wednesday. The artist, who has produced 100 records, released 5 solo albums, and written 300 songs, said he'd never before touched on a theme this controversial.
Nevertheless, Elephante said God inspired him to write the song. "The lyrics just kept falling out of me," and the Lord helped him "come forth with this lyric that worked perfectly in a song." The song shows the struggle of a young girl – thirteen years of age – about whether or not she should have an abortion. more >>
Michigan's House committee debated two bills this week that would allow faith-based adoption agencies that receive state funds to refuse to place a child in a home based on moral or religious beliefs. Proponents of the bill argue that it protects the religious freedom of faith-based adoption agencies, while opponents argue it serves as state-sanctioned religious discrimination.
In addition to allowing faith-based adoption agencies to refuse a home due to its faith or moral standards, the bills, entitled House Bill 4927 and 4928, also prohibit the state from refusing funds to these faith-based agencies if they deny a home based on religious grounds. According to multiple local media outlets, very little agreement was reached at Wednesday's House committee debate regarding the bills.
Committee chairman Rep. Kenneth Kurtz (R-Coldwater), the lead sponsor of House Bill 4927, spoke alongside Rep. Andrea LaFontaine (R-Columbus Township), the sponsor of Bill 4928, at the hearing in support of the bills. The two sponsors argued that the bills put into statute what the state's Department of Human Services already informally practices. According to Michigan Live, a Department of Human Services representative said at the hearing that her department does not usually refer a family to an adoption agency that may raise religious objections. more >>