Americans have been riveted by the ongoing situation involving a Baptist church group attempting to bring a group of Haitian children to the United States for adoption.  I applaud the sentiment expressed in their actions, if they prove true, because Haiti’s orphans  are certainly struggling.  I have had several people talk to me about adopting one of the Haitian orphans who I would never expect to be even mildly interested in adoption because they see how great the need is and their heart breaks.  I think their benevolence is commendable, albeit short-sighted.  I do not wish to sound harsh or cruel as I describe the sudden interest in Haitian orphans as little more than an oversensitive reaction to the ongoing crisis.  Haiti’s orphans have been living in deplorable conditions for years and yet I cannot recall ever hearing a rallying cry for Haitian adoptions.  Adoption is often treated as the ugly step sister of American family life.  When people start to think about adoption, they are often met with the question of “well, don’t you want one of your own?”  My response has been, “Of course, that’s why we are adopting a child.”   The Haitian crisis is bad, but there is another crisis right in our own backyards that we never hear about.  There are thousands of children right now who need adopting, but because they are not a cuddly baby or amusing tot they are left to languish in foster care.  The state will support them up until they are 18 years old and then they are left with no home, no family, and for all intents and purposes no future.  Recently, the New York Times published an article detailing new initiatives to find permanent homes for these teenagers.   One of the plans is to locate existing biological family members to encourage them to adopt.  I think this is a marvelous idea, because is not that what families are supposed to be about—-strength and support?  The article also details that part of the reason why it is so difficult to adopt these older children is because they come with serious baggage that most people do not wish to touch.  I believe that older, seasoned parents would be perfect matches for these children, but no one ever mentions that.  After all, these mature parents should have mountains of experiences to assist them in dealing with what some would define as difficult children.  Furthermore, why are those fixated by the quiverfull movement not advocating for these children?  Is not adoption an expansion of the family?  I wish that our churches would stress the need for adoption of these abandoned children because their situations perfectly match our theology.  Do we not teach that the Father because of no other reason than His sheer love for us adopted our “baggage” filled souls and made us a permanent part of His family?  God does not desire our theology to simply be a dusty tome sitting on a shelf, but a lived out example of His actions to the world.  It is why Eliza and I are committed to adoption and why I hope if you are not so called you would at least consider helping to finance adoption by visiting the ABBA Fund.

Peace be with you.