In our home…
This means we are spending time praying for children waiting for families. We are praying that God would bring them their forever families and that other specific needs in their lives would be met. There are three little ones specifically whom God has laid on our hearts for quite some time now that we have been praying a bright and hopeful future over, expectantly and eagerly awaiting His answer.
Here in Ontario…
It means that public agencies will be focusing more on permanency and presenting available children’s profiles at numerous adoption events across the province. Hundreds of waiting adoptive families will attend these events and view profiles of children waiting for forever families. Many families and children will be matched and begin their adoption journey!
Today, I want to give you ten reasons to consider adoption.
1. YOU CARE.
The fact that you are reading this post says that you care
2. THERE ARE 153 MILLION ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD.
Every willing heart is needed! We need more than just a few people who are ‘called’ to this mission. As the church of Jesus Christ we have a huge opportunity to change the landscape of our culture today and to raise up a new generation of loved and chosen peoples.
3. ADOPTION SAVES LIVES AND CELEBRATES THE SANCTITY OF LIFE.
There are millions of orphans around the world caught in extreme poverty. The need is so great! Children are dying; many of diseases and circumstances that are well within our ability as a blessed people to change! We have access to medical care, food and fresh water that some children will never see in their current conditions. Closer to home, there are millions of abortions taking place in our country every year. Those who choose to give life to their children are brave! Adoption gives them hope.
4. ADOPTION GIVES YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO BREAK A NEGATIVE FAMILY CYCLE AND CHANGE THE WORLD 1 CHILD AT A TIME!
These children are paying the price of choices the adults in their life have made. Through no fault of their own they’ve been thrust into the middle of what is many times a generational cycle of abuse, neglect, poverty and addiction. By choosing adoption you choose to break that cycle for a child and give them an opportunity to experience a healthy family environment.
5. ADOPTION IS AFFORDABLE.
In Canada and the U.S. you can adopt for very little cost through the foster care system and even apply for grants to cover the expenses of treatment, medical needs, etc.
6. CHILDREN WITHOUT PERMANENT FAMILIES FACE CHALLENGES THEY WOULDN’T IN A STABLE FAMILY.
Children without stable family lives find it difficult to thrive in school or in life in general. They often feel very alone and have no one to advocate for the help and resources they need to grow and learn.
7. THESE CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE.
In twenty years these will be the grown ups of our society. Without a family to nurture and guide them, many will end up without a home, education or support system. Many will also end up in our criminal justice system. Their struggles do not minimize over time.
8. LOVE IS A CHOICE.
You may not fall in love with an adoptive child upon first sight…but love is a choice. Love is not about fuzzy warm feelings. Love is the reality that you are committed to someone, for better or for worse, for the rest of their life. And once you put these choices into action…you will absolutely feel love for your adopted child!
9. HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN WILL AGE OUT OF THE FOSTER SYSTEM THIS YEAR WITHOUT A FOREVER FAMILY!
The government is working hard to support these kids with services and assistance through age 21, but government support does not replace family. These kids need families to support them through life and to celebrate their accomplishments. They need a place to spend Christmas and someone to call when life throws them curveballs. They need role models and financial advisors and the reassurance that someone has their back.
10. EVERY CHILD DESERVES THE CHANCE TO HAVE A FAMILY TO CALL THEIR OWN—FOREVER.