Yes, adopting a child has costs attached to it and if you are talking about international adoption, the costs could go through the roof! So you could say there is a price for adoption BUT the question which tugs at my heart is…
What is the price of NOT adopting?
This same question was asked by Amy Adair on Thinkchristian.net.
She was faced with questions when she brought home her sweet Evie from China. One of the questions was, “How much? How much did she cost?”
That is such a crude and calculating way of seeing adoption but i guess that’s the way some people, who have not adopted and are not involved in the adoption community in some way, would see it.
How does God see it? i will borrow Amy’s words here.
It was never God’s intention for children to grow up in an orphanage without the love of a mother or father. Clearly God weeps for those who suffer, especially the fatherless. In fact, in Matthew 19:14, Jesus berates his disciples for turning children away from him. Jesus invites the children to stay and declares that the kingdom of Heaven belongs not to the grown-ups but to the kids. It is one of the many beautiful pictures in the Bible that illustrates God as our Abba or Father.
It is also a call to action. Just as Jesus welcomed the children, he asks us to reach out to the neediest to the least of these.
But what could you do? You could step forward and adopt.
i would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to a pair of sisters, Karen and Chrystyna.
Karen is already 17 and as such can not be adopted on her own BUT if a family would adopt her together with her little sister, Chrystyna, they (the sisters) could be together again. They currently live in different orphanages in the same region.
Let me tell you a little bit more about Karen.
She is a beautiful Roma girl with dark hair, dark eyes, and olive skin. She is 16 years old. She is healthy and smart and has no diagnosed special needs. She goes to school and has no negative behavioral issues. She is just a teen in need of a loving family.
Her sister, Chrystyna, is believed to have FAS, which can have wide variation of effects on each child, both medically, physically, and cognitively. But she was recently transferred from the institution to a much better facility where she is receiving some form of teaching and appears to be well-cared for. The difference is clearly seen between the girls who have moved to the new facility. A family, who met her last year, reports that she has lots of potential and a family would do her well.
If you feel that these girls can be a part of your family, please contact Reece’s Rainbow for more information.
However, it is true that not everyone is called to adopt. But you can take the call to action up in other ways.
You can pray for these sisters. Pray that their needs are met, pray that a family comes for them real soon.
You can also share their story so that their forever family might see them.
You can help to defray the costs of adoption by growing Chrystyna‘s adoption grant. Please click on her name or picture to contribute. (There is only a grant for Chrystyna because Karen can not be adopted on her own, Karen needs to be adopted with her sister.)
They have an advocate in You Will Go Out With Joy. Click here to read more about what she has to say about Karen and Chrystyna.
Please go here to read Amy’s whole article.
2 Replies to “The Price of Adoption…”
Great message from Amy (and from you). My prayers will be with Chrystyna and Karen.
Thanks Char & thanks for your prayers 🙂