Building Families the Way God Builds His.

The Mercy Hill Adoption & Foster Care Ministry exists to glorify the Father as we aid and encourage the church to provide gospel-driven care for vulnerable children and families through prayer, resources, support, and sacrificial generosity. We have a goal of seeing 200 Adoptive/Foster Care families by 2025. Our vision is to see families and individuals catalyzed to respond to the gospel by caring for children through adoption, foster care, and respite care.

Getting Started?

If you are already involved in or exploring what it looks like to begin adopting or fostering, we want to know so that we can provide you with guidance, resources, encouragement, and prayer along the journey! Click the button below to fill out the form and a member of our team will contact you.

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International Adoption

The process of adopting a child from another culture can be both exciting and terrifying. In today’s changing landscape of international adoption, time and research are essential. Navigating this process is easier to accomplish with adequate support. Here is an overview of the common steps take in International Adoption.

Mercy Hill Adoption & Foster Care Ministry - International Adoption
Mercy Hill Adoption & Foster Care Ministry - International Adoption

Steps

Steps 1-4 can be completed in any order, but they all need to be completed before proceeding to step 5.

  • 1. Get Started

    Click here to let us know a little about your family and where you are in the process.

  • 2. Attend Interest Meeting

    We offer these several times throughout the year. Learn more about adopting a child internationally from professionals and adoptive families. We will post the next available Interest Meetings soon.

  • 3. Get Connected

    This can be both a joyous and overwhelming journey. We would like to partner you with a mentor couple who can guide you through the process.

  • 4. Choose an agency & complete your homestudy

    Choosing an agency can be a difficult and often overwhelming process. While we don’t endorse a particular agency, we do have experienced families who would be willing to share their journeys and research with you. Let us know using the link in the “Get Started” section above if you need guidance in this area.

  • 5. Funding your adoption

    We are committed to assisting Mercy Hill families with the costs associated with their adoptions. Through  partnerships with organizations such as Lifesong For Orphans and the Woven Papyrus Adoption Project, we’re able to offer matching grants to families pursuing adoption. Additionally, profile approved families for fundraising support, provide fundraising mentors, and connect to adoption scholarships.

  • 6. Post-placement Support

    Adjusting to life with your child requires a lot of time and patience. Working closely with your Community Group leadership and mentors, we offer childcare reimbursement for covenant members for family counseling along with recommendations. Additionally, we offer quarterly fellowship opportunities for families and training events. Check out the events section of this page to see what fellowship events are being planned.

Domestic Adoption

Infants to teenagers across our country are longing to be a part of a loving family. We would love to walk alongside you as you discern how to move forward in this process and provide you with information regarding avenues our church members have successfully utilized in bringing their children home.

Mercy Hill Adoption & Foster Care Ministry - Domestic Adoption
Mercy Hill Adoption & Foster Care Ministry - Domestic Adoption

Steps

Steps 1-4 can be completed in any order, but they all need to be completed before proceeding to step 5.

  • 1. Get Started

    Click here to let us know a little about your family and where you are in the process.

  • 2. Attend Interest Meeting

    We offer these several times throughout the year. Learn more about adopting a child domestically from professionals and adoptive families. We will post the next available Interest Meetings soon.

  • 3. Get Connected

    This can be both a joyous and overwhelming journey. We would like to partner you with a mentor couple who can guide you through the process.

  • 4. Choose an agency & complete your homestudy

    Choosing an agency can be a difficult and often overwhelming process. While we don’t endorse a particular agency, we do have experienced families who would be willing to share their journeys and research with you. Let us know using the link in the “Get Started” section above if you need guidance in this area.

  • 5. Funding your adoption

    We are committed to assisting Mercy Hill families with the costs associated with their adoptions. Through partnerships with organizations such as Lifesong For Orphans and the Woven Papyrus Adoption Project, we’re able to offer matching grants to families pursuing adoption. Additionally, profile approved families for fundraising support, provide fundraising mentors, and connect to adoption scholarships.

  • 6. Post-placement Support

    Adjusting to life with your child requires a lot of time and patience. Working closely with your Community Group leadership and mentors, we offer childcare reimbursement for covenant members for family counseling along with recommendations. Additionally, we offer quarterly fellowship opportunities for families and training events. Check out the events section of this page to see what fellowship events are being planned.

Foster Care

Thousands of children in our state are in need of loving families who are willing to open their homes and hearts to them. As a church we are working with our local Department of Social Services for MAPP Training and resources.

Mercy Hill Adoption & Foster Care Ministry - Foster Care
Mercy Hill Adoption & Foster Care Ministry - Foster Care

Steps

Steps 1-4 can be completed in any order, but they all need to be completed before proceeding to step 5.

  • 1. Get Started

    Click here to let us know a little about your family and where you are in the process.

  • 2. Attend Interest Meeting

    We offer these several times throughout the year. Learn more about adopting a child internationally from professionals and adoptive families. We will post the next available Interest Meetings soon.

  • 3. Get Connected

    This can be both a joyous and overwhelming journey. We would like to partner you with a mentor couple who can guide you through the process.

  • 4. Complete training

    The Department of Social Services within each of our local counties requires extensive training for potential foster families. This training is offered numerous times throughout the year.

  • 5. Financial Assistance

    We are committed to assisting Mercy Hill families with the costs associated with foster care training and placement. Childcare reimbursement for covenant members is available for families who have completed the above steps prior to attending training classes. Additionally, resource assistance such as clothing, supplies, furniture, etc. are available to Foster Care families.

  • 6. Post-placement Support

    Adjusting to life with your child requires a lot of time and patience. Working closely with your Community Group leadership and mentors, we offer childcare reimbursement for covenant members for family counseling along with recommendations. Additionally, we offer quarterly fellowship opportunities for families and training events. Check out the events section of this page to see what fellowship events are being planned.

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Mercy Hill Adoption & Foster Care Ministry - Sermons

Sermons

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Recommended Reading

Adoption/Fostering

Global Orphan Care

Parenting Kids from Hard Places

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Go to an Interest Meeting

The Adoption and Foster Care Ministry holds 3 interest meetings each year to help prospective adoptive or fostering parents discern the best path for them. Meetings include overview presentations from guest speakers on both adoption (domestic and international) and foster care, Q&A panels with current adoptive or fostering families at Mercy Hill, and opportunities to interact and meet other families who are also considering or starting the journey towards adoption or foster care. Interest Meetings are not required by Mercy Hill families before contacting an agency or beginning foster care licensing classes. However, we have heard from many families that these meetings were beneficial to them in helping to prepare them for the journey.

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Next dates will be announced soon.

Foster Care Licensing Classes

Mercy Hill, through our partnership with Baptist Children’s Home, offers on-site Foster Care Licensing Classes multiple times each year. Below is a list of upcoming classes that you can register to attend if you are ready to get started right away. Click the “Register Here” button to get started.

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Baptist Children’s Home Foster Care Licensing Classes (10 weeks)

  • Sept 7-Nov 9

    Regional Campus | 6:00-8:30pm
    7616 Business Park Drive
    Greensboro, NC 27409

Online Adoption Fundraising Seminar

Does the thought of asking people for money make you nervous? Are you exploring or walking through the initial steps of adoption? If you said yes to both of these questions, then this seminar is for you! Teaming up with our partners at Woven Papyrus Adoption Project and Lifesong for Orphans, Mercy Hill wants to equip ALL adopting families with the resources needed for funding their journeys. This seminar will give you an overview of best practices for adoption fundraising, build your confidence in the idea of fundraising, and provide you with action steps to get started in your fundraising.

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  • October 2020

    Online | 8:00-9:30pm
    Registration link will be posted as this event gets closer.

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Mercy Hill Church Adoption and Foster Care Ministry - Adopting Family Profiles - Keeney Family

The Keeney Family

“There’s a saying in Haiti that goes, ‘Yon jou la jou,’ which translates to, ‘One day will be the day.’ We learned this saying on one of our mission trips to Haiti from 2011-2015. It stuck with us as a beautiful message of hope, a brighter future, and a longing for something better. This hope was one of the many reasons we fell in love with Haiti and the incredible Haitian people. It was clear from the beginning that God had called us to Haiti for a reason, and now that reason is becoming clear…After having two biological children, we decided to take a leap of faith and start the adoption process, and there was no doubt in our minds that we wanted to adopt from Haiti.”

Mercy Hill Church Adoption and Foster Care Ministry - Adopting Family Profiles - Keeney Family

The Payne Family

“Hi! We are David and Katie Payne and we are raising money to fund our adoption. We live in North Carolina with our two-year-old son and are looking forward to bringing another child into our family through international adoption. We have both known for a long time, even before we got married and had our first child, that adoption was something we wanted to do, but we just weren’t sure about the timing and when it would be right for us. With our son, Katie had an extremely painful pregnancy and a slow recovery from a very long labor. She knew she didn’t want to go through that again soon, but we both wanted to continue to grow our family sooner rather than later, so we decided that now was the time to adopt!”

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The Smith Family

“We are the Smiths! We have two little girls ages 2 & 4, and we are starting our adoption journey in pursuit of the fifth Smith. The Lord placed adoption on our hearts several years ago and we are excited to finally start this journey. We were drawn to adoption because it is such a clear picture of the gospel and reveals God’s heart toward us. We know that we are loved, accepted and have an eternal inheritance through Christ’s sacrifice. This truth compels us to love others in the same way. God’s word calls us to speak for those who cannot speak and to take care of orphans and widows in their affliction. We believe adoption is one of the best ways to put on display what God has done for this world and we want do the same for a child so that they might know God’s love.”

The Booker Family

“We are the Bookers. Paul, Hannah, and Evelyn. Welcome to our adoption journey. Adoption is something Paul and I both have felt a passion for and something that we had discussed for our future since before we were even married. We will be adopting domestically and hope to bring home a baby but are open to whatever the Lord calls us to, whether that be special needs, multiples (oh my!), and an ethnicity of any kind-we can’t wait to meet our next precious son or daughter.”