O Canada!

We are really excited to share with you the “End the Wait” tour that will be happening this spring throughout Canada.  This one night event will be a time of awareness and education on how individuals and churches can advocate for the more than 30,000 Canadian children who are waiting for their forever family.

Topics to be discussed:

  • How to adopt
  • The facts on Canada’s waiting children
  • What it’s like to be an adoptive family
  • How to support adoptive families in practical ways
  • How churches can start their own adoption ministry

Each one-night event will be followed by a concert by Steven Curtis Chapman (additional ticket purchase).

If you are living in Canada or have friends that do please help spread the word!  Information on locations & registration can be found on the End the Wait website

*End the Wait is an initiative of Focus on the Family Canada.

Annual Report on Intercountry Adoptions

In December, the U.S. Department of State released their FY 2010 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoptions.  The State Department first published this report for FY 2008 in response to a requirement put in place by the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000.

The report shows that the total number for FY 2010 is 11,059 adoptions.  For the 6th year in a row, intercountry adoption has been on a steady decline.  Over the past decade, intercountry adoption saw a peak at 22,990 in FY 2004, however, the past two years we have seen numbers lower than they were in FY 1999.

Again this past year, China has been the top sending country at 3,401 total adoptions.  The second and third sending countries also remained unchanged from FY 2009 with Ethiopia at 2,513 total adoptions, and Russia at 1,082.

Photo from the U.S. Dept. of State website

To assist Americans in adopting internationally, the State Department has a list of Hague Accredited Adoption Providers, as well as country-specific information that explains the requirements and process of each country.

(From The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute)

Adopted for Life

During the month of February Crossway Books and Christian Audio are offering a free download of Dr. Russell Moore’s book Adopted for Life. This is a great resource for anyone interested in learning more about their own adoption in Christ and how it then overflows into tangible adoption and orphan care as the Body of Christ.

Download

And pass the link on….

Summit VII Registration Now Open

The Christian Alliance for Orphans’ annual Summit has become a national hub for Christians committed to adoption, foster care and global orphan initiatives rooted in the local church.

May 12-13, 2011 ♦ Southeast Christian Church ♦ Louisville, KY

JOIN organization leaders, grassroots advocates, pastors, and ministry entrepreneurs sharing your passion.

ENCOUNTER the gathering hub of orphan ministry partnership, networking and inspiration for service.

BUILD knowledge, resources and practical skills via more than 75 workshops & unforgettable speakers and music.

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Open Adoption: Not So Simple Math

A topic that I have been meaning to spend more time thinking about biblically and practically is open adoption. None of our 3 adoptions are open but there are moments that I wonder what it would it would be like if they were. There are moments I kind of wish they were so I can talk to their birthmothers and thank them. There are moments that I realize that we are in connected in a deep way with these women we have never met. I wonder if our children will want to meet them one day and what that will be like for them, and for their birthmoms – and for us.

This is a beautiful and honest article by a birthmom about open adoption. I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject. Here is an excerpt:

Holly jokes that with open adoption, at least you know what the birth mother is doing, that she’s busy at school and not conceiving a plot to steal her child back. It’s not so with closed adoptions; the birth mother is powerfully absent. But an open process forces an adoptive parent to confront the pain that adoption is built on. And openness for Holly does not mean merely letting the birth mother know about her child; it means cultivating a real love between birth parents and child. This requires exceptional commitment, which may be why some open adoptions become closed in the end.

I LOVE Holly for sharing such things with me, sentiments that show she is devoted to our relationship — and not because it is easy for her. And I have told her that a pivotal point in my grief was the moment I was able to say aloud that I wanted my son back, though I knew it was impossible — when I realized that his adoption had been both my greatest accomplishment and deepest regret.