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Chosen for Life Ministries has given away over $500,000 in grants in the last 10 years. The Oconee non-profit works with churches and families to support fostered and adopted children throughout 12 counties in Georgia. 

The organization was founded in 2010 by a group of adoptive families who were looking for ways to support one another. 

Chosen for Life Ministries Executive Diretor Anna Bearden said those families set a goal early on to help support other folks who may be interested in adoption. In 2012, they awarded five families $1,000 grants to help with adoption costs.

“Since then, as an organization, we’ve really grown out of that,” Bearden said. 

According to the National Adoption Foundation, most experts agree that one of the principle barriers to adoption is expense. By awarding adoption-support grants to families, Chosen for Life Ministries helps alleviate the financial burden for those looking to adopt domestically or internationally.

Beyond awarding grants, Chosen for Life Ministries provides support for all individuals looking to get involved in the foster-care community. 

For more on this story, see the Sept. 30 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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