In 1977, a group of Christians were stirred to begin something that would enable Christ’s followers to help children. They saw the need in society as well as the desire to help in the hearts of their brothers and sisters. Agape was founded in 1977 in Montgomery, and began operations in 1978 as a “licensed child-placing agency”, licensed by the state of Alabama to provide foster care and adoption services. Agape began serving in the Montgomery area, then later expanded to the Birmingham, Wiregrass and Mobile areas over the next 15 years.
As a ministry of Jesus Christ, Agape’s mission is that vulnerable and orphaned children find permanency in safe, nurturing families.
This mission has led Christians using Agape to serve more than 2,000 children through foster care, and more than 250 children through the permanency of a Christian adoptive family. Hundreds of pregnant women in crisis have been counseled by Agape staff to choose life for their unborn child, and to make the best choice for their future and the baby’s future.
Agape is a non-profit 501(c)3 agency whose staff and board are all faithful Christians. There are staff members located in Montgomery, Birmingham and Enterprise. The majority of Agape’s funding is provided through donations from churches and individual Christians, with no client ever being turned away because of their inability to pay for a service.
Agape maintains positive and supportive relationships with the Alabama Department of Human Resources and other professional agencies serving children and families. The only real limit on Agape’s ability to serve is the number of churches and individual Christians who step forward to involve themselves in the lives of the hurting children, the vulnerable young women who are pregnant, and the burdened families.
Ben Blanchard, Chair
Charles Ingram, Vice Chair
Mark Sullivan, Treasurer
Jason Isbell, Secretary
John Noel Thompson