Friday, February 11, 2011

all things adoption

I actually hesitate writing this due to the anxiety I'm sure it will cause some of our closest family and friends, but alas, it's on our heart and we have nothing to hide.

Jon and I have seriously been considering foster parenting and adoption. Not yet, but eventually. I have always had a heart for adoption--before I even met Jon I had wanted to adopt a little girl from Cambodia (Cambodia is notorious for their child sex trade, and adoption would be my small way of fighting that). However, I have since researched it and Americans are not allowed to adopt Cambodian children. My guess is it has to do with the fact that it is often Americans who travel there to abuse children, so this is Cambodia's way of protecting their citizens from being brought back to America to be abused.

Anyway, Jon and I have been discussing it a lot lately. His heart is for a domestic adoption, and my heart is still in an international place. We have also discussed foster parenting, though, and this is something we have been considering. We're at least a few years away from this because in the state of Ohio you have to take pre-service classes which are offered in the evenings and we clearly can't make that time commitment yet. However, we will keep our ears to the ground and our thoughts to the sky to see what direction God is calling us--what level of service, if any, He wants us to provide for the orphaned children of this country.

We know the risks involved. We've heard the horror stories about foster children threatening the safety of their foster families. We know how difficult it would be, as many foster children have deep emotional insecurities and tend to lash out. But that does not mean God can't provide us with the strength and wisdom we would need to be loving, patient, and adequate foster parents. We refuse to put God in a box like that if this is truly His will for us. And who knows, maybe in our continued time of prayer over the coming months God will change our hearts and let us know Hey, this isn't really what I have cut out for you two. But in the meantime, we continue to research and pray. Every child deserves a loving and safe home, and we can provide that. Why wouldn't we want to try?

1 comment:

  1. I applaud anyone who wants to save the unloved and unwanted. That's what it's all about. GO FOR IT.