National Adoption Day

20 Nov

November is Adoption Awareness Month.  Sunday, November 7th was Orphan Sunday when churches focus on the orphan care and bring light to the need for adoption and foster care.  Our church participated in Orphan Sunday and took up a coin offering, “Change for Orphans” that we are sending to Show Hope. 

Today is National Adoption Day.  This is from the National Adoption Day website…

“National Adoption Day is a national day of celebration of adoptive families and an opportunity for courts to open their doors and finalize the adoptions of children from foster care. Since 2000, more than 30,000 children have had their adoptions finalized on National Adoption Day. This year on November 20, families, adoption advocates, policymakers, judges and volunteers will come together and celebrate adoption in communities large and small all across the nation.”

The website had a twitter update that said they expect 4,500 foster care child to be adopted today.  How exciting!

I recently have been approached by three different people who were adopted themselves.  They asked me if I adopted my children, and then went on to share about their positive adoption stories with me.  One of the women (my Sonic car hop) told me that she had been in the system for years and did not know what would have happen to her if she had not been adopted.  She shared her joy that my children now had a family. 

We don’t know how the Lord will lead us in the future.  We still hope to adopt again in the future.  God continues to open our hearts to what would be right for our family.  We feel like our next adoption will be an older child.  On our trip to Ethiopia, we meet many older girls and boys waiting for a family so we somewhat feel we may go back to Ethiopia or Russia.  But we also think about the child living in foster care who are waiting to be adopted.   The need is great here and abroad. Children need to be raised up in families whether they are young or old, U.S. citizens or not, and HIV positive or HIV negative.   They all equally need a home.

Happy National Adoption Day!

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