Saturday, January 12, 2008

Is Adoption the Answer to Ethiopia's Problems?

In a recent question posed to adoptive parents, someone asked if adoption was really the answer to the poverty in Ethiopia? The questioner wanted to know if the money that we spend on adoptions would not be better used to support the families and keep the children in Ethiopia. The question stemmed from a concern that some children are being relinquished by parents who are simply too poor to care for them. Some adoptive parents struggle with the fact that many of the children are not true orphans (no family) as they had first believed.

My Answer: I don't think that adoption is an answer to poverty anymore than food aid is an answer to poverty. I believe that adoption is a way to place children in homes and change the course of their lives. At least to us it seems that way, but I believe that the course of our lives including the adoption was always a part of God's plan for the children, their birth parents, and for us.

I broke this into three parts. You can continue to read:

6 comments:

Tami said...

You are having fun on the haircare boards these days aren't you? LOL I agree with everything you were saying! Preach girl preach! :-)

Julie said...

I love how you've responded to this topic with such love and grace.

VALARIE - Single, Ethiopian-bound, mother-to-be of two bright-eyed Ethio children. said...

Tami, I thought I was just shooting the breeze. I have such an easy going nature and laugh most of the time. I can't believe how that discussion has been turned around to make me the angry black woman. If in cyberspace...

Thanks for the post!

Valarie

VALARIE - Single, Ethiopian-bound, mother-to-be of two bright-eyed Ethio children. said...

Thanks Julie. Everyday I am just my heart is opened up so much more and I'm overwhelmed by how this is affecting me spiritual, emotional, and intellectually.

Thanks for the comment.

Lennah's mom said...

Wow! I just dicussed with a friend on how she feels about this topic and it is amazing how well you have answered this.
Cathy

Artie said...

Hey Little Sis,
I am so happy for you! When I read that message tears came to my eyes from sheer joy. Keep me posted as to all of the details. God's speed in the process. I love you bunches!!!
Artie

Original Court Date: April 18, 2009
Final Court Date: May 18, 2009
[607 total days & 165 days w/IAN]