History

A ministry to women and the unborn that began 20 years ago continues to flourish and meet a need
More than 500 women have been served and over 250 families have been blessed through adoption

1988

The Birth Connection Officially began by
Lois Baxter and
Susan Westrom

After almost 2 years of ministering
to young pregnant women in their homes,
Lois & Sue realized that the Lord was
opening the doors to a full time ministry.

1990

New Hope Free Methodist Church provided
a facility that we shared with their youth as our first office.

 During this time we ministered to 30 – 50
 women a year with an average of 10 adoptions annually. 
We traveled within a 2 hour radius of  Sacramento
to assist women and their families.

1994

Our first attempt at
fundraising was a
Dessert Tasting and auction
that continues today called “Sweet Desires”

Our first donation for this event
was a Parlor Grand Piano
gifted to us by one of our adoptive families.

We saw more than
60 women and by now
 were averaging
12 – 15 adoptions a year.

 1995

The California Pro-Life Counsel honored
The Birth Connection at the banquet
of the state pro-life convention in Fresno, CA.

The Birth Connection
was awarded the
Mama Bear Award
for our work in offering women positive
alternatives to abortion by presenting  them
with the life choices of parenting and adoption.

 2004

Received a gift to purchase
a computerized Reality Baby and curriculum
to expand our parenting program for young women
who wanted to explore parenting their babies.

This program gave us
greater opportunities
to share Biblical Principles
as we assisted women in learning
what a child needs from a parent.

 2006

Began a community class for
Family Practice Interns from the
University Hospital in Sacramento
providing us an opportunity to share
our work with doctors and offer a resource
as they work with women and families
in the crisis of unplanned pregnancy.
  Out of this community awareness class
developed a presentation that measurably
increased the number of women who
came from medical referrals.

 2008

Received a small grant from
Butterfield Foundation to expand
on the education and community awareness
to the other hospitals in the immediate area
and outlying counties, to local schools and to churches.
  Out of this grant, we received several referrals
from local hospitals that allowed children
to be placed for adoption by their mothers
as an alternative to their child
going into the foster care system. 
This gave us an opportunity to minister to women
who were hurting and in need of a helping hand.

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