Who We Are
Antioch Adoptions is a non-profit, licensed child placement agency providing no-fee adoption services to Christian families.
It started with a twelve year dream of Dr. Ken Hutcherson, Pastor of Antioch Bible Church in Kirkland, Washington. He desired to see all children from the Foster Care system adopted into loving families. He also desired for more families to be able to afford infant adoptions.
Dr. Hutcherson said, "We took $20,000 cash just as Jesus did with minas in the parable of Luke, and had it at the church meeting in May of 1998. I spoke from the Book of Matthew on talents and told the congregation, 'everyone here is going to get cash from us today'."
A total of $16,000 was dispersed to the 1,500-1,600 in attendance, and the parable of multiplying talents was explored. By the end of the service the congregation knew what was expected. Everyone ranging in age from 5 to 17 were given a crisp $5 bill. Those 18 and older were given a $10 bill.
"We want you to keep this money for 6 months, mix it with your God-given talent and we're going to take it up on Jesus' birthday as we celebrate in December," Hutcherson concluded.
"Just as it happened in scripture though, some people pooled their money to invest it, some buried it, and some saved it. But the majority took that seed money and invested it in different, creative ways."
There were so many creative ways devised that Charlene Richardson is compiling a book soon to be published, detailing the stories.
One mother wanted to involve her children, knowing they would learn more by doing than by example. Her seven year-old daughter gave manicures for $1 each. Her four year-old son drew portraits of people for a quarter. He even included a goatee for no extra charge.
Another group banded together and wrote "Amazing Recipes that Stir the Heart & Soul." This spiral bound cookbook showcases favorite family recipes while addressing spiritual needs in practical ways.
By adding God-given talents to seed money for six months, the initial amount increased in excess of 1,750% or 17.5 times, for a total of $280,000 collected in December.
Those funds provided start-up money for Antioch Adoptions. Now, 11 years later, we're radically changing the face of adoption as we continue to remove barriers, whatever they may be, and make adoption a land easily traversed by both adoptive and birth-parents for the sake of children in need.
Having established a working model, we are now working to bring the ministry to the next level of effectiveness. We currently place 20-25 children, on average, in forever families each year and we deeply desire to do more. In April of 2011, we opened a satellite office in Spokane, Washington and we will soon celebrate the official opening of our South Sound office in Olympia, Washington. We are continuing to pray for more partner churches in other areas of Washington State to host and finance an Antioch Adoptions' social worker. Similar to the "AWANA" model, our dream is to see Antioch Adoptions' ministry in many churches across Washington State. We are charging the faith-based community to step forward and answer the call of the orphan, and make a difference in the lives of so many children! Many churches have ministries that serve the hungry, care for the abused and neglected, and encourage the discouraged. We believe that the ministry of orphan care is just as important and should not be considered an option, but a necessity. Our team will continue to work shoulder to shoulder to fulfill God's word in John 14:18, "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you."