Protestant churches seeing drop in foster care, adoption among their flock
Protestant churchgoers are less likely to report seeing people in the pews engaged in adoption and foster care compared to a few years ago, according to a recent report by Lifeway Research.
In the report released on May 11, Lifeway found that, among Protestant churchgoers in the United States, 16% saw a member provide foster care, 13% saw a member adopt a child from the U.S., and 11% saw a member adopt a child from another country.
These numbers are below those reported in 2017, when 25% saw a member provide foster care, 17% saw a member adopt a child from the U.S., and 15% saw a member adopt a child from another country.
Among subsections of churchgoers, nondenominational churchgoers were the most likely to have seen a member provide foster care (22%), while Methodist churchgoers were among the most likely to report a fellow church member has adopted a child either from abroad (18%) or from the U.S. (31%)…
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