Miriam's Heart Fund
We know that God has commanded us all to look after orphans. Some of us are called to adopt; some are called to support those helping orphaned and abandoned children. Miriam’s Heart seeks to bring the families who are called to adopt within the ‘church community’ of support from the remaining church body. A direct way that Miriam’s Heart seeks to support those families called to adopt is to stir the church body to financially support those families wishing to adopt. We developed the Miriam's Heart Fund in partnership with Lifesong for Orphans to provide a tax-deductible and safe way for people to donate toward this initiative in a private and secure manner!
For many the financial challenges of the adoption process are one of the greatest obstacles that must be overcome in order to adopt. Further, once a child is home, many families experience a 'drop-pff' off support and education. The Miriam's Heart Fund provides toward adoption expenses, counseling, training & education through the Billy's Hope Fund.
Miriam’s Heart Partners with Lifesong for Orphans
Miriam’s Heart partners with Lifesong for Orphans to administer the Miriam’s Heart Fund. Lifesong for Orphans is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt orphan care and adoption ministry that helps churches across the country establish and administer adoption assistance funds.
In this partnership, Miriam’s Heart is responsible for establishing the vision and direction for the Miriam’s Heart Fund as well as making known the opportunity for people to contribute financially to the fund. Lifesong, on the other hand, exclusively handles the application process (and all confidential information involved in the application process) and provides the administrative and operational support needed to evaluate applicants, make decisions regarding grants and loans and handle contributions and disbursements for the Miriam’s Heart Fund.
How the Miriam’s Heart Fund Works
The Miriam’s Heart Fund provides matching grants and/or interest-free covenant loans to applicants who meet the established parameters described below. Lifesong makes all decisions regarding whether qualified applicants are given funds for matching grants and/or interest-free covenant loans based on various factors, including the amount of money in the Miriam’s Heart Fund at the time of application, the applicant’s financial situation and adoption-related needs, and the way in which to best maximize the resources of the Miriam’s Heart Fund. Following approval by Lifesong, all disbursements of matching grants and/or interest-free covenant loans are made by Lifesong directly to the applicant’s adoption agency.
In connection with the Miriam’s Heart Fund, Lifesong handles all aspects of the application process, including evaluation and verification of all financial and other confidential information. No one from Miriam’s Heart or Zarephath Christian Church has access to any of your confidential information, and all decisions regarding the award of any matching grant and/or interest-free covenant loan are made solely by Lifesong, according to the parameters established by Miriam’s Heart.
Miriam’s Heart Fund Parameters
The requirements to be eligible for a matching grant or interest-free covenant loan from the Miriam’s Heart Adoption Fund are:
~Applicants need to provide a statement of their personal faith in Jesus Christ
~Applicants must establish their need for financial assistance in connection with an adoption by fully completing the application process (see the Miriam’s Heart Adoption Fund application on our website)
~Applicants need to have an approved home study conducted by a licensed social worker
~Applicants must have a letter of recommendation from, a Zarephath Christian Church Pastor, a member of the Miriam’s Heart leadership team or a pastor in their church
The funds available in the Miriam’s Heart Fund will be available to qualified applicants according to the following priority: first, to members of Zarephath Christian Church; second, to those who are regularly attending Zarephath Christian Church; and third, to those in the community (who have met the criteria listed above) who are not connected to Zarephath Christian Church or Miriam’s Heart, but are regularly attending or are members of another local church.
Help Families Meet the Financial & Educational Challenges of Adoption
All contributions to the Miriam’s Heart Fund are made through Lifesong and are fully tax deductible, with 100% of all contributions being used to provide matching grants and interest-free covenant loans to qualified families. The Miriam’s Heart Adoption Fund is funded solely from contributions from individuals.
For more information on how you can financially support the Miriam's Heart Adoption Fund visit our DONATE page.
Need More Information?
If you would like to learn more about the Miriam’s Heart Fund or if you have questions about the Miriam’s Heart Fund, please contact Elizabeth Occhipinti.