Adoption, Foster, & Orphan Care

Legacy 685

Legacy 685, a Missions Ministry of Houston’s First Baptist Church, was established in 2008 by families in response to the plight of over 147 million orphans worldwide. As the journey continued, it became apparent that there were immense needs in the adoption and foster care community in the greater Houston area. Today, Legacy 685 continues to provide adoptive and foster families—and those desiring to adopt or foster—with education and community.

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“A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation. God sets the lonely in families.”

— Psalm 68:5-6a

Our hope is to equip families as they journey to find deep connection in the relationships that God provides through the miracle of adoption and foster care. As parents, we want to reflect the heart of God in our homes. As a ministry, we want to come alongside families and journey together.

Adoption and foster care are not for the faint of heart, but the rewards and blessings in caring for the fatherless are truly amazing. If God is leading your family toward adoption or foster care, we hope and pray that you will take the next step in obeying that call. No matter where you are on the journey, we would love to connect with you!

Upcoming Events

Adoption, Foster, & Orphan Care

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    Families who are in the process of adoption, no matter where they are along the journey, desire to be connected in community with other like-minded families. Gatherings provide opportunity to connect with families from all over the city.

    Counting the Cost

    The cost associated with adoptive can be overwhelming and even prohibitive for many families. Join us as we consider the costs and provide practical tools & resources for pre-placement families! No registration required. …

    Wednesday, Apr 25 @ 6:30–8p

    Motivations & Expectations

    Unmatched or unmet expectations in adoption/foster care can often create unyielding tension on a newly formed family system." Join us as we explore how motivations and expectations impact family systems. We'll provide practical discussion points and steps for adjustment and freedom for the journey! No registration required. …

    Wednesday, Apr 18 @ 6:30–8p

    CPR Certification

    Navigating the foster care requirements for babysitters, respite care providers and foster homes can be hard! Join us for CPR and you can check that little box as done & done! Registration is required. …

    Wednesday, Apr 11 @ 6:30–8p

    Volunteering with Legacy 685

    There are an estimated 150+million vulnerable & orphaned children worldwide, each child with infinate needs and none more crucial than that of healthy connection with safe adults. These needs exist out there, in Kenya, India, Ukraine and Guatemala but there are very real needs right here in Harris County. How can the church engage effectively? Join us as we explore Biblical reasons for engaging effectively and pratical steps that we can each take to love the most vulnerable in our midst. …

    Wednesday, Apr 4 @ 6:30–8p

    Legacy 685: An Introduction to adoption, foster & orphan care

    Have you ever wondered what Legacy 685 is? Are you interested in adoption but don't know where to start.. Maybe you are concerned about foster children in the City but not sure how to engage? We'd love to help! Join us as we discover together the connecting, equipping and sustaining work of Legacy 685! No registration is required and childcare is available through regular programming. …

    Wednesday, Mar 28 @ 6:30–8p

    Life in Limbo

    Life in Limbo is a 90 minute experience guiding participants through the complexities of Child Protective System both locally and abroad. Life in Limbo provides context that will allow participants to more empathetically and effectively love those around them. No registration is required and childcare is provided through regular Wed night programming. …

    Wednesday, Mar 21 @ 6:30–8p

    Introduction to Legacy 685

    This class will provide an introduction to adoption, foster & orphan care. Through this six-week course participants will gain practical experience and knowledge empowering them toward effective engagement with adoptive, foster and orphan care communities. …

    Wednesdays, Mar 21–Apr 25 @ 6:30–8p

    Trust Based Relational Interventions Part II

    TBRI® is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI® uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. While the intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research, the heartbeat of TBRI® is connection. …

    Wednesdays, Jan 31–Mar 7 @ 6:30–8p

    Moms of the Heart (MOTH)


    Moms of the Heart (MOTH) is a monthly gathering of foster & adoptive mamas from across the city. Families who are in process of adoption, no matter where they are along the journey, desire to be connected in community with other like-minded families. Gatherings provide opportunity to connect with families from all over the city. Join us for encouragement, support, relative parenting tools and so much more! For more information please contact: …

    Every 3rd Thu of the month @ 7–9p

    Meet Our Staff

    Adoption, Foster, & Orphan Care
    Toni Steere

    Toni Steere

    Legacy 685 Director
    Toni Steere

    Toni Steere

    Legacy 685 Director