In case you hadn’t heard already, it’s National Adoption Month. Adoption is a passion of mine so of course, I couldn’t resist writing on the subject. I pulled-up my laptop and was eager to start typing. Eagerness was about all that was there. I guess you could say I had “writer’s block.” I was speechless.
Have you had that feeling before? You know, when you care about something so much that you’re actually afraid to talk about it? I guess that’s what it is with this subject. I’m so afraid that people will see that this post is about adoption and just won’t even read it. That’s when I realized that I’m not the only one who’s afraid. I think a lot of us in our society are afraid to hear about orphans because they don’t want to feel “guilted” into doing something about it.
This is not one of those posts.
I have no desire to make anyone feel guilty about anything.
Just because there are children who need homes, that doesn’t mean that you have to offer yours. Some people will be called to that, but not all.
One thing I am almost certain you are called to is to care. Now that’s easy, I’m guessing that you already do care about orphans. That’s no big. But the second you start caring, do you start feeling kind of…bummed out? I think that feeling is probably actually hopelessness.
There are a lot of orphans and there are a lot sticky political issues that frustrate the process of finding orphans homes. It’s easy to think that the problem is too big for you to have any kind of impact.
That’s where I want to encourage you.
You can have an impact.
First, consider that you MAY be called to adopt a child. I’m not saying go grab paperwork or to go google-crazy on the subject. I’m just suggesting that you may have been called for that opportunity. Don’t be scared. Pray about it.
Second, whether you are or are not feeling that calling, educate yourself about adoption. There is so much stigma surrounding adoption and so many false “facts” floating around, that it’s very discouraging to those who are considering adoption. This is especially true of foster care. One or two horror stories overshadow the thousands of beautiful ones. Unfortunately, unnecessary fear hinders many people from adopting.
Third, be an advocate. This will look different for everyone. It could be getting politically involved, it could be donating money to a family who is adopting, it could be offering your home temporarily as a foster family. These options are the tip of the iceberg. If your heart is open and willing, just keep your ears open of ways that you could help.
If you’re a Christian or you’ve ever felt guilty about not adopting, READ THIS: Discerning Your Call to Adoption
Thanks for reading! What are your thoughts on adoption?
- at the heart of adoption (beyondtwoworlds.com)
- Sherri Saum’s Story From The Let Love Define Family Series For National Adoption Month (huffingtonpost.com)
- No Longer an Orphan (nineyearpregnancy.wordpress.com)