Saturday, February 11, 2012

Adoption

I considered including information about adoption in yesterday's post regarding the morality of fertility treatment, but ultimately decided the two topics didn't necessarily belong together. Certainly families well able to have biological children can adopt and couples unable to have biological children are under no obligation to adopt. At the same time, for couples who desire children but struggle with infertility, adoption can be a wonderful opportunity.

There are literally millions of children around the world eagerly awaiting adoption. They are in every country, sick and healthy, newborns and teenagers, typical and with a variety of physical, emotional, and mental disabilities. They are children. They want to be loved.

My cousin around the time of his adoption ceremony.
Yes, Peter does look a lot like him sometimes!

You can read about Christine's dream to adopt (the comments are great, too!) and Melissa's loving family of biological and adopted children. Both of these provide excellent food for thought about what adoption means, both for the adopting family and the child.

At this time, my husband and I are not considering adoption. I think the explanation "God's not calling us to that" can easily be a cop-out and I pray we're not using it as one. Right now, we don't think this is God's plan for us. However, discernment is not a one-time event but an ongoing process. Things change. There certainly is a Biblical mandate to care for widows and orphans, so we know we could be asked to bring a new family member into our home, rather than simply donating money to agencies that serve these "least ones".

Have you considered adoption? What factors do you weigh in the decision?

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