Adoption

When I was a kid, it was common to “fear” that one day you’d find out you’d been adopted. Truly, if you wanted to mess with a kid’s psyche, you’d tell her that she’d been adopted. Today I see how ridiculous that was — and I am thankful that for many the whole stigma of adoption has been eliminated.

Adoption is not only not a bad thing, it’s an honorable thing that well-reflects what God Himself has done for any who have put their trust in Him for salvation. We are adopted as sons (Ephesians 1:5) — and the use of “son” here is not about gender so much as it is about having full inheritance rights. As I understand it, in the culture of the time this portion of Scripture was written the adoption as a son not only ensured inheritance, it also guaranteed that right forever. A born son could be disinherited while an adopted son could not.  At least that’s what I read when I was teaching Ephesians back in the day…

But, I digress…

Adoption has become almost popular. Saying that with the wrong tone might imply a cheapening of the decision to bring a child into a home — and I suppose that could happen, but not easily. The hoops that much be jumped through and the costs involved would keep most people from following through with what might be akin to taking home a free kitten or puppy and then regretting it later.

I’m rather proud of my friends who have made the adoption choice. If I started listing them here and telling their stories, I could fill blog pages for weeks. I’ll resist — in part, because theirs are not my stories to tell.

You may have seen an explosive outcry for HELP! on Facebook this week — people seeking a home for this boy whose name is Jonathan (above). He’s in an orphanage in (I believe) Ukraine and nearing his 16th birthday. The pleading is for a family to step up before it’s too late. The orphanage systems in some of the Eastern European countries release children to live on their own at the age of 16. You can imagine there aren’t a lot of options for these teens for securing basic human needs — and that this is especially true with the economies in Europe in such bad shape. I’ll not elaborate on the most common scenarios.

A blogger (NO GREATER JOY MOM) who focuses on telling the stories of children waiting to be adopted is championing his case and you can read about Jonathan and his situation here.

I did the normal “check this out to see if it’s a scam” thing and didn’t find any indication that this is not real. I know that there are some horrid scams out there related to international adoptions — a good reason to go with a reputable agency. There are plenty of people around who have walked this path that can give you recommendations.

As I celebrate the fact that Maddie (one-year-old born in China) came home with her parents this week and, upon crossing through Immigration in Chicago became a citizen of the U.S. as well, I also mourn the fate of thousands of children who will not be placed for all sorts of reasons.

I’m grateful for those who champion the cause of those who don’t have a voice themselves. It is right on so many levels!

“Pure and genuine religion is the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”
(James 1:7)

 

2 thoughts on “Adoption

  1. Lois says:

    Hey, Ruth, I don’t know if this comment actually goes with your post, but as I think about this topic, especially with this kid being from Ukraine, I think about the local church here in Ukraine. I am so glad that adoption has become ‘popular’ in the US, but I also pray that it would become more popular (at least even more accepted) here in Ukraine. That would be what I would call people to pray for, that the local church would be advocates for these children and be willing to help meet their needs.

    • Ruth Hubbard says:

      I think this comment absolutely goes here. Thanks for giving us more to consider — and for the reminder to pray for the church in Ukraine and other places to increasingly have a heart and mind for this.

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