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Envisioning a world where children grasp their preciousness and families are restored, New Jersey based, Miriam's Heart is more than just an adoption ministry. We radically support adopted and foster children and families. #TAKEACTION

© 2018 by Miriam's Heart

About us

Our Mission

Radically supporting adopted and foster children and families

Our Vision

Envisioning a world where children grasp their preciousness and families are restored

Our History

Miriam's Heart is not just an adoption ministry.  We began out of the example of a small church located in a rural area in New Jersey. This church had what we like to call, 'a culture of adoption'. This radical 'culture' within this small church facilitated the adoptions & fostering of nearly 100 children! This caused Miriam's Heart founders, Jim & Elizabeth Occhipinti to seek God's heart for the church and His vision that we take action on behalf of the fatherless.  They asked themselves, "why do some churches just seem to get this and others do not?' Out of wrestling with God about this, they developed Miriam's Heart.

 

Jim & Elizabeth Occhipinti began to invite families into their home and the 'couch ministry' of Miriam's Heart began! Because of their willingness to share their story and create a safe environment -  a network of support - Miriam's Heart then became a local church ministry at Zarephath Christian Church. After functioning to serve the families of their local church, area church leaders and families began to attend their events and then the need arose to create Miriam's Heart, Inc. Since that time, Miriam's Heart functions as a separate 501C3, that networks with dozens of churches in the northeast.  Our goal is to create a coalition of churches, families, and organizations in the northeast that collaborate to take action on behalf of orphaned and abandoned children.

 

Purpose Statement

Envisioning a world where children grasp their preciousness and families are restored, we believe EVERY child deserves a family that is supported and prepared. We like to say that we created what we didn't have when we adopted. We developed Miriam’s Heart to celebrate and support the full spectrum of adoption. We work to create a support network between families, agencies, organizations, and churches. We edify with the truth about vulnerable children and families, seek to preserve families, create opportunities for meaningful gatherings, offer therapeutic events, mentor and train adoptive and foster parents (and their children). We provide funding for adoption costs and post-placement counseling expenses. We mobilize the church and communities to rally alongside adoptive and foster families.

Core Principles

Network - Partner with trusted organizations

Edify - Raise awareness

Fellowship - Provide opportunities for connection and community

Rally - Creating a 'culture of adoption' that celebrates and supports the adoption triad

Mentor - Radically support families

Our Roots

Just like Moses' sister Miriam, our ministry seeks to facilitate adoptions and concerns itself with the children, birth parents and adoptive parents. God used Miriam's wise, brave and tender heart to facilitate the first recorded adoption. When it wasn't possible for this family to stay together, Miriam helped to find solutions for the child, the birth mother, and the adoptive mother.

We earnestly seek this same heart in our work.