Over the past 3.5 hears I seem to have become some sort of advocate for adoption. Why? Well because I believe in it! This is how God and us have chosen to build our family and we couldn't be happier! We love our 2 little munchkins!
Adoption is a beautiful thing. I would love to go in to detail why I am such a big fan of it, but this isn't the reason for this post. This post is simply to give a few resources.
INTERESTED IN ADOPTING?
If you are finding yourself interested in adopting a child and don't know where to begin, check out Holt International. This is the organization we chose to use to help bring Moses home. We chose this organization because they have been around for more than 50 years. They were the pioneers of international adoption. All this means is they have experience! They doing things right, they do things well. They will not participate in bribes. They partner with locals who love Jesus and love children. They are a christain organization. Worth looking into.
NOT WANTING TO ADOPT, BUT SUPPORT ORPHANS
In sharing our story, I have heard many say "I would love to adopt, but..." Fill in the blank with "I'm past the parenting age", "We have ___ kids already (fill in the #)" "I'm not sure if I can raise someone else's child" or another reason. All very legitimate reasons. God hasn't called everyone to adopt a child, but he has called everyone to care for orphans. This can take on several forms from supporting a child from financially, prayfully and many other ways.
Today, I want to share with you what some of the organizations we partner with do. Holt International does a sponsorship program, much like Compassion International. You monthly support an orphan around the world. Your gift helps provide care, shelter, clothing, food, education, medical care, and much more. Holt supports organizations that love Jesus and teach the children about Jesus. If you are looking to "adopt" a child by supporting them, check out Holt.
Another organization is Show Hope. They too do sponsorship. Check out their website for more information.
FINANCIALLY INTERSTED IN HELPING A FAMILY ADOPT?
Adoption, especially international adoptions, can be financially taxing on a family. Some families choose not to adopt simply because they cannot afford it. We have found quite a few organizations that help aid families, like us, lessen the financial burden. (If you are adopting and would like a list, contact me firstname.lastname@example.org and I can get it to you.)
Show Hope and Lifesong for Orphans. Both are Christian organizations committed to helping orphans and families. If you are looking to give, these two organizations would be great. Help bring an orphan to his "Forever Family" (a phrase often used in adoption circles). We were greatly blessed by someone being generous. Because of their generosity, we were able to bring home our beautiful little boy. You can be that someone to another family.
If you have questions about adoption, please feel free to email me at the address listed above. I love to talk about adoption and help answer any questions!