America World's Statement of Mission, Vision, Values, Faith and Principles on Adoption
To build Christian families according to God's design of adoption.
Key Verse: Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you
and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."
America World desires for every adoptable orphan to be placed in a Christian home.
America World Adoption is committed to building strong relationships with staff
and families while providing excellent social services that are guided by the following
- Integrity & Wise Stewardship
- Respect & Empathy
- Commitment to the best interest of Orphans and Families
- Dependency on God
Statement of Faith:
- The Bible is the inspired, only infallible, written word of God.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and
training in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. Mark 13:31 (NIV)
- There is one true God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19 (NIV)
- Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died an atoning death, and
You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name
Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God
will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of
Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end." "How will this be," Mary asked the angel,
"Since I am a virgin?" Luke 1:31-34 (NIV)
Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not
abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay. Acts 2:31 (NIV)
- All are sinful and need justification by grace through faith and rebirth by the
Holy Spirit for salvation.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through
our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace
in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only
so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces
perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint
us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom
he has given us. Romans 5:1-5 (NIV)
Principles on Adoption:
We believe it is our responsibility to support families throughout the adoption
process, especially the assessment phase, and to provide them with the resources
which will enable them to become successful parents of an adopted child.
God is sovereign over all situations in life—including the lives of orphans. We
believe that adopting a child is not a "mission," but rather a way in which God
chooses to bless a family through one of His "good works" that He has pre-ordained
for us to walk in.
We celebrate that adoption and birth are equally valid means of bringing children
into families. God, through Christ, first adopted us into His family and demonstrated
the mechanism of children being placed into families. We understand that Jesus was
a birth child to His mother and an adoptive child to His father.
Because God values all of his children equally, no child should be defined by the
way he/she enters a family. We do not assume that issues arising in the lives of
adopted children are all attributable to being adopted. Just as children living
with their birthparents often have emotional, physical or psychological problems,
so too, do children by adoption. We do recognize, however, that many issues faced
by children by adoption are a corollary from the time these children spent living
in institutions or broken homes. All children are unique and have specific needs.
We believe that the problems faced by children, whether children by birth or adoption,
should not define these children, but should be recognized as part of their personality,
designed with a specific purpose for who they are and a part of their particular
and unique place in a family.
It would not be remotely possible to outline, in detail, the many joys, principles
and challenges involved in parenting a child (adopted or birth). We do, however,
desire to briefly touch on some important biblical principles for caring for children
that we espouse at America World
Love and Relationship
We believe that all parents ought to love their child(ren) through what they say
and do, thus building and maintaining a strong relationship with him/her. It is
important that parents show their child(ren) unconditional love and tell them how
much they’re loved. We believe parents ought to treat every child equally—though
with an understanding that every child is unique and has his/her own purpose, interests,
desires, temperament and needs. We believe the greatest act of love a parent can
show a child is to properly teach and train them to have a relationship with Jesus
Adoption is Natural
Adoption actually is just as natural as procreating, but it requires one thing that
the enemy has hidden from the typical American couple. You actually have to see
orphans before your heart goes out to them and your fathering or mothering desire
kicks in. Perhaps that is why in James we find the command to visit widows and orphans
in their distress. It takes nine months to have a biological child. Could you imagine
what visiting orphans for nine months would do to your heart? In the same way that
caring for your expectant wife and listening to the sounds of the baby in the womb
turn your heart to your new baby, visiting orphans has the natural effect of turning
your heart to them as well.
Training and Discipline
Staff, volunteers, and other individuals associated with America World in a professional
capacity are expressly prohibited from using corporal punishment or restrictive behavior
management techniques on any child under the care, custody, or supervision of America World.
At America World, we understand that the subject of discipline is one of the most difficult
issues that parents face. What is appropriate? How can I discipline my child and still reassure
them of my unconditional love? What will other people think? These questions are difficult for
parents of biological children to wrestle with, and are even more difficult for adoptive parents.
At America World, we espouse what we believe to be a biblically-based approach to the subject.
First and foremost, adoptive parents should recognize that the background of an adoptive child is
fundamentally different from that of a biological child. An adoptive child may enter your home with
a history of abuse or neglect. Often, the backgrounds of adoptive children are so uncertain that
there is no way to know about the child’s past experiences. For many adopted children, this means
that corporal punishment is not an option. For others, it may be that something as seemingly innocuous
as a timeout could do more harm than good. Since every adoptive child is different, you and your spouse
should take the time to consider how you will approach the subject of discipline. We at America World
welcome an open, honest conversation on the topic and encourage you to discuss your beliefs and questions
with your social worker. After returning home with your child, your social worker can help you determine
the most appropriate parenting techniques based on the individual needs of your child.
While we support the right of parents to determine the most appropriate discipline style for their family,
including corporal punishment in appropriate circumstances, we believe that children should be disciplined
in a consistent and loving manner that is appropriate for the child’s age, background, and conduct. Whenever
a child is disciplined, the discipline should be accompanied by an explanation of the reason for the punishment
as well as reassurance of your unconditional love for your child despite the need for discipline. Since each
child’s background and needs are different, America World does not endorse any one particular style of parenting.
The abuse of a child, whether physical, mental, or emotional, is abhorred by God and should never occur. If any
situation arises where America World is aware of any form of child abuse or neglect, the proper child protection
authorities will be contacted. Please consult your social worker if you have any questions or concerns about this topic.
Relationship with Jesus Christ
Just as we promote the practice of talking with a child about his/her origin and
adoption from his/her earliest days, we strongly recommend parents to talk with
their children about Jesus and the Gospel in the same way. Both the loving relationship
built and the understanding of "right and wrong" inherent in proper discipline will
form a solid foundation for his/her relationship with Jesus Christ. We believe it
is important for parents to encourage their children to attend church, study the
Bible and participate in individual and corporate worship. America World Adoption
requires at least one parent sign the agency’s statement of faith as part of the application process.
America World’s Responsibilities
As part of our initial guidance, we assess each family’s situation, including current
family makeup, living environment, parenting philosophies and other aspects of the
family’s framework to provide as much help in the areas of need as possible. Because
of the tremendous impact of the parenting philosophy on the ultimate welfare of
the child, we make a concerted effort to assess their philosophies within a biblical
context and encourage parents to seek appropriate resources, including Christian
and/or pastoral counsel, books, seminars, etc. to improve parenting skills.
We believe children should only be placed into families that abide by biblically
mandated relationships (heterosexual marriage, or single nonhomosexual parenthood).
Above all, holiness unto the Lord should be strived for in all relationships.
We believe God has given us, as an agency, the responsibility to do our best to
place orphans into safe and loving Christian homes where they will be given the
opportunity to know Jesus as their Savior and to be raised in the nurture and admonition
of the Lord.