Our son was brought into the world by his birth mother and handed over to us at a mere two weeks old. While we had prepared for the difficulties of adoption by taking classes, reading, and parenting our two other children, nothing had prepared us for the beauty of adoption. We were in awe. To be gifted a life to love and cherish? Unfathomable.
As with any thing of beauty, there were some thorns. During those emotional first few days at home with our boy I cried thinking about the children we didn’t bring home. There were so many children who were abandoned with no hope of rescue and many more who will grow into adults as orphans—I felt guilty for not doing more. It is estimated that 500,000 children are waiting for families in foster care. Worldwide, there are 100 million orphans. The vast numbers can be easy for some to ignore, but the precious faces of the children on adoption pages and listings are not. The need is overwhelming, but through each adoption, the orphan crisis claims one child less.
It is true that for most couples who adopt, adoption is a surprising twist they hadn’t imagined. After struggling with infertility the road ends at a new beginning—adoption. However, because of the many celebrities who have adopted in recent years, a new wave of adoption acceptance has opened doors to families who also have biological children. Not only is it happening worldwide, it has almost become a trend. Adoption has also created a new community of people who, because of their deep love for children in need, are breaking down racial barriers and changing the way people view orphans.
My husband and I are in the middle of the adoption process once again and I still cry for the children I can’t help. I also pray for families to adopt them. Even if adoption isn’t personally for you, (and really, it isn’t for everyone) don’t let that stop you from giving your time and love to support it! To learn more about the adoption process or to find creative ways to help with orphan care, visit www.showhope.org.
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