Spiritual Adoption Program

The purpose of the Spiritual Adoption Program is a meaningful way to promote prayer for babies in danger of abortion and their parents, and to educate people about the development of the unborn child over the 9 -month period before birth. It touches on the three areas of pro-life involvement: prayer, education and service.

The program is very simple. Participants in the Spiritual Adoption Program pledge to pray for nine months for a baby in danger of abortion. While this child will remain unknown to his or her “spiritual parent,” God knows who the child is. Many people have found that naming “their child” helps to keep them focused on the reality that their prayers are helping to save a particular baby from the harm of abortion.

Some parishes and schools have held a baby shower/birthday party at the conclusion of the 9-month program to provide assistance to mothers in need through donated baby gifts.

Anyone who is concerned about abortion is invited to consider implementing a Spiritual Adoption Program in their parish and/or school community. Participants in the Spiritual Adoption Program pledge to pray 9 months for a baby in danger of abortion. This downloadable Spiritual Adoption flier (PDF) explains more.

A Spiritual Adoption Program manual is available for $10 from the Office of Marriage & Family. Please call (320) 252-4721 to purchase this manual or to discuss any questions you have about this or any other Respect Life programs.

For ideas and tips on how to begin a Spiritual Adoption Program in a parish, click here.

A short video explaining spiritual adoption: