Today is National Adoption Day.
Have you ever considered adoption?
I think it is a special calling. God has chosen some people to provide for the biological children of others.
Right now there are thousands of children in foster care in the US and millions of orphans worldwide who are waiting for permanent homes. For many, their fondest wish is to be settled in a family, perhaps a family just like yours.
This does have its difficulties. It’s not for everyone. But it could be for you.
Adoption is something to be celebrated. It is a wonderful way to grow a family.
There is a flip side to this.
If you find yourself expecting a baby you do not have the resources or experience to care for or if you have an unplanned pregnancy and don’t wish to raise a child, remember that placing the baby for adoption is an option.
There are many couples waiting and hoping to adopt newborns. Perhaps they already have young children at home and want to take in only children who are younger still. Maybe they don’t feel able to cope with the inevitable consequences of trauma generally present in the lives of older adoptees. Or God may be calling them to adopt a little one.
Whatever their situation, they will welcome your child.
Some verses to think on:
“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
is God in his holy dwelling.
God sets the lonely in families”
Psalm 68: 5-7a
He settles the childless woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the LORD.
Then he [Jesus] said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.”