I’m a big fan of adoption. Not sure we’ll ever adopt, but I love seeing families get built that way. I love the clear illustration of the gospel that it provides – that ultimately, we Christians have all been adopted into God’s family the same way that a child is adopted into his/her earthly family. Love it.
About a month ago, Simple Mom had a post from Shaun Groves on adoption. Powerful stuff. It was on the lessons he’s learned as their family traveled the adoption path. Lesson #6 that he learned really touched me:
Sambhaji [his son adopted from Ethiopia] has made me a better man, a better parent. I’m his dad way down to my bones and I can’t imagine life without him. I’m surprised by this. Amazed. I love him. But somewhere out there lives a mother who loves him too – so much that she sacrificed having him in her life so he could have a better life.
Some say there are 146,000,000 orphans in the world today. It’s estimated that 4 out of 5 of these children were not orphaned by the passing of their parents but by poverty. If every parent in the world could provide nutrition, shelter, education, and health care for their children, there would only be 29,000 orphans today.
4 out of 5 orphans could be at home today, speaking their native language, eating their favorite foods, kissed goodnight by Mom, hearing “I love you” from Dad in words they understand. Adoption is great but orphan prevention is best.
I don’t know how you prevent orphans – that isn’t what the article is about. But it is a sobering thought to think that, as cool as adoption is, preventing the need for adoption is even better. There are moms and dads in this world who did give up their children who would rather keep them, but are unable. As I hold my little one, it would rip my heart into millions of pieces to have to give him up because we literally could not afford his food or his roof. I am so glad adoption is there for those families who do have that as a reality, but I wish that wasn’t a reality for them.