Radically supporting adopted and foster children and families
Envisioning a world where children grasp their preciousness and families are restored
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.
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.
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
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.