Tuesday, June 22, 2010

All God's Children

I don't understand why children are orphaned and left to live a life of solitary confinement. It breaks my heart. I was reading Adeye's blog post today and it is so sad....  heartbreaking.... to see these beautiful children left behind. Guess this goes along with my short post yesterday about An Orphan's Wish.  There are so many children in the world who just want someone to hold them.  Love them.  Tell them they matter!

While I was off on my blog trail, I found this on another site as requirements for adoption. Really?  No, really!?  Your country is abandoning children left and right, and you put these restrictions on who you dictate is the ideal adoption family?  Sure it makes sense to run a background check and have a few ideals in mind, but this seems very narrowing, absurd and absolutely ridiculous.  No wonder the children are left waiting and wishing. 
  • Only one parent must travel
  • Married couples only
  • One parent must be US citizen
  • Both parents must be between 30-54 years old
  • Married at least 2 years, if previously married see more details
  • No more than 6 children at home
  • Previous experience with Down syndrome preferred
  • Minimum of $10,000 of annual income per family member, including the new child you hope to adopt
  • A minimum of $80,000 net worth      - really!!??
  • Health good, no history of cancer. No medication for depression, anxiety, or schizophrenia.
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) must be under 40
  • No criminal record or alcohol within the past 10 years
Like a job description, just laid out as requirements of who might fill the need of a forever family ~ some a tad lofty (in my opinion).  I just don't get it.  All God's children deserve a forever family.  No strings attached.  Loving unconditionally with open arms should not have such constraints placed upon it.

I'm not sure why I am so drawn to this cause lately.  The purpose has not yet been made clear to me.  If we were at a different place in our lives right now, I would adopt a little girl in a heartbeat.  Perhaps I can get my boys enlisted in choosing a child and helping to spread love and sponsor a child?   For now, I guess my role in this world dilemma will be educating and prayer warrior.  I will pray for families to show up and take these little ones into their homes and hearts, and I will pray for the countries choosing to abandon God's children ~ that they find a way to change this practice.

God bless the little children of the world,


  1. Good grief, are those US adoption restrictions?! If not, what country? Some of those are not just a tad much, but outright absurd.

  2. Not the US, but China. And as I'm reading and learning, apparently things changed in 2007 to make it so. So sad.

  3. Julie, this tugs at my heartstrings as well. Our third child will join my family through adoption, but not for many years. And mostly because we need time to meet up with the many and varied requirements. Also, we're ruled out of our first country of choice, China, simply because I have a family history of cancer. We're ruled out financially from other countries. Have considered domestic adoption & will cross that bridge when we get there, but it's a sticky thing. I think the focus should be more on homestudies and psyche evaluations and less on income and BMI, of all things. But even for domestic adotptions, you need a giant chunck of cash. Sad.