Christians are clearly called to care for orphans, a group so close to the heart of Jesus. In reality, most of the 153 million orphaned and vulnerable children in the world do not need to be adopted, and not everyone needs to become an adoptive parent. However,
Laura Captari is a freelance writer and a licensed professional counselor in training. She also serves as director of Professional and Public Relations at the American Association of Christian Counselors. She lives with her husband in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Johnny Carr is national director of Church Partnerships at Bethany Christian Services, the nation’s largest adoption and orphan care agency. He and his wife live with their five children (the three youngest are adopted) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.