OAK: Orphan Care and Adoption at Knox

OAK is a Knox fellowship that helps us explore how God is calling us to join him in loving vulnerable children.

Adoption and orphan care often include fear, anxiety and heartache. But they can also bring indescribable joy. We want to see this joy spread throughout Knox, and through us to Washtenaw County and the world, so we are involved in:

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  • Foster care: There are over 200 children and youth in the Washtenaw County foster care system. We are exploring various ways to love and serve them. For information email Janet Chen.
  • Adoption: We rejoice in each homecoming of an adopted child, and we support each other as we raise these children. We also have an adoption fund to help families with adoption expenses.
  • Education and inspiration: The Knox library is stocked with books about orphan care and adoption.




The LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn and provide for those who grieve in Zion – to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.”  – ISAIAH 61:1-3

Millions of children in the world are starving, enslaved, unwanted, and unprotected. We’ve seen God start to fulfill his great Isaiah 61 promises in some of these children, turning ashes to beauty, mourning to gladness, and despair to praise. It is an immense privilege to see once-orphaned children grow from small saplings to splendid oaks. If you are curious about adoption or foster care or wonder about other ways you might advocate for orphans, we welcome you to contact and join us!