Parents of adopted children have fantastic stories. When word got out almost ten years ago that Anita and I were exploring adoption, we found out that two couples in our parish had adopted their children. We didn’t know.
We’ve heard many stories of heroism from people who have adopted children from another country. There are also many stories of waiting as people adopted babies or very young children. The most pressing need is for more couples to adopt American kids in foster care.
Kids who get churned through the system, regardless of how caring the adults may be in group homes or foster family settings, rarely have the sense of permanence that comes with adoption into a forever family.
If I had more energy for blogging, I’d post daily on adoption this month. Suffice it to say that churches could be doing more to assist prospective parents, especially if institutions choose to get out of the system of caring for kids. Bishops and agencies who choose to tuck tail and run when they are confronted with impossible moral demands don’t lose their sense of moral responsibility to promote adoption and encourage lay people to leap in to the fray.
Over a half-million kids are in foster care this very moment in the US. Think about adopting, why don’t you? And if you can’t adopt, encourage people you know to do so. If you don’t have the words, I know three people who would gladly come to your parish or group and attempt to talk your people into it.