“Feeling the security and constancy of love … is a rich blessing.” —Elder David A. Bednar

The scriptures teach us that God loves little children. The Savior taught His disciples “it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish” (Matthew 18:14). Heavenly Father loves all of His children and shows mercy to each one regardless of their circumstances (Exodus 20:6). He “is rich in mercy” and will support them in their trials, troubles, and afflictions (see Ephesians 2:4 and Alma 36:3). Each individual child experiences a unique circumstance when placed for adoption. In deciding to adopt, remember that Heavenly Father loves you and your child and He will never abandon you (1 Chronicles 28:20). He loves this child and desires to help you as you plan for this child’s future.

If you are married and you and your spouse want to adopt a child, be sure you know all legal requirements of the countries and governmental agencies that are involved. Counsel with your priesthood leaders and, if you live in the United States, with staff members in LDS Family Services. If you live outside the United States or LDS Family Services is not available in your area, work with your priesthood leaders to locate other counseling agencies or resources that protect both the children and the adoptive parents.

President Henry B. Eyring reminds every parent that their “most important and powerful assignments are in the family. They are important because the family has the opportunity at the start of a child’s life to put feet firmly on the path home” (“Help Them on Their Way Home,” April 2010 general conference).