Season 4, Episode 2

Four Foundational Responsibilities of Christian Adoptive Parents 

Today we're discussing the foundational responsibilities of parenting: protection, provision, and guidance. Plus, particularly if you are a Christian it is crucial to pray for each of your children and your family persistently. 

#1 - Protection is about keeping your children safe from physical or psychological harm. It can involve a variety of issues that can come up such as shielding them from dangers such as drugs and alcohol, protecting their innocence in terms of exposure to inappropriate topics or activities, providing physical boundaries around the home, enforcing rules that keep your kids away from potentially dangerous situations, setting limits on screen time and internet usage, and more. If this all sounds overwhelming, I totally get it. And I’ll remind you of the old saying, “Don’t borrow trouble”  a biblical principle found in Jesus’ famous “Sermon on the Mount” in Matthew 6:34 –

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. 
Each day has enough trouble of its own.” 

#2 - Provision is the responsibility of meeting your child's basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, education, medical care. As an adoptive parent it is especially important that you are able to meet these needs as they may have had difficulty accessing them in the past. Being able to provide a stable home environment with consistent routines can help foster feelings of security and belonging for your adopted child.  

However this can be a long process and not automatic.  YOU may know you’ll be a stable and consistent provider, but the pre-programming of instability and lack that may be a part of your child’s history can take longer to overwrite and may not be completely overwritten for years. 

#3 - Guidance is about teaching your children how to become independent adults who make wise decisions. It involves setting expectations for behavior so that kids understand what is expected of them at home and in society at large. It requires modeling appropriate behavior yourself, being mindful of how you speak to them, disciplining with caring respect. Guidance is basically showing the way forward in the desired direction, helping them stay on the best path.  

>> What guidance is not: 
Parental guidance is certainly important in helping children develop into well-rounded adults, but  guidance is not a guarantee that they will make the right choices. Everyone has their own unique life experiences and beliefs, and even with the best of intentions parents cannot control or dictate every decision their adopted child may make. Ultimately, as they grow and age into teens and young adults, your children must be free to explore their own paths and learn from their mistakes so that they can form their own opinions and values.

#4 - Persistent Prayer.  When it comes to praying for our children in order to make persistent and continual prayer a fixture in your life to have a firm commitment and to be intentional about making prayer a daily habit and practice. 

Taking on the roles of protector, provider and guide can seem overwhelming at times. But remember you’re not alone. And God is the ultimate Protector, Provider and Guide for your children as well as you! If you don’t have a consistent pattern of prayer, it’s a good time to start making that a daily practice.  Remember that every day presents new challenges so don't hesitate to reach out for help if needed!

Which of the the four foundational commitments discussed is the most challenging for you? 

Join my free Facebook group & let’s continue the conversation!

And as always, 
keep learning, keep growing & keep loving. 


Dawn T. Baggett
Post Adoption (Mom) Coach 


Are you an adoptive mom? 
Me too!

Publishing this podcast & companion blog is one way that I stand in the gap for second moms with similar challenges to what I’ve gone through myself as an adoptive mom. 

Listen & subscribe to the podcast for free on your favorite listening platform.  
(Scroll down for Apple Podcasts & Spotify links).

The companion Circle of Second Moms Facebook group is a place to go deeper on topics that we touch on in the public podcast episodes along with guided journaling and more. 
Tap the JOIN LINK HERE for group access. 

Group members who want next level support through private coaching with me are invited to apply for  private coaching by scheduling an application call. To do that click HERE.

Through these avenues it’s my desire that many adoptive moms are able to close the gap and feel fully supported in a way that align with their Christian values and helps them grow in their faith while feeling more confident and empowered in their mom roles and beyond. 

DISCLAIMER: I’m not a doctor nor a therapist. None of the content published on this website is offered or presented as medical or mental health, diagnosis or treatment. As a coach I do not offer mental or medical health diagnosis, treatment or cures.  Furthermore, nothing herein is to be considered professional legal advice.