FamilyLife Today Adoption Seen Through Jesus Eyes – Russell Moore

— FamilyLife Today Adoption Seen Through Jesus Eyes – Russell Moore.

I listened to this episode of FamilyLife Today, and was moved to tears about the way we think about kids that are adopted.

Dr. Moore challenges us as Christians to remember that we are orphans who have been redeemed through Jesus.

Children affected by fatherlessness have been deeply affected by a tragedy.  These are children who need to be loved and accepted for who they are, and loved through their challenges.  It can take a period of time for someone who has been victimized to become comfortable and relaxed, and free to accept love.

November 6 is Orphan Sunday.   The purpose of this day is to make people aware of the number of orphans around the world.  More information is available at cryoftheorphan.org

The United Nations states that there are 143 million orphans around the world.

There are 30,000 children in the foster care system in Canada waiting to be adopted.  Focus on the Family hosted a concert series earlier this year, with Steven Curtis Chapman and Geoff Moore.  Both of these men and their families have adopted girls from China.  More information is available on the Canadian situation at endthewait.ca.

There are different criteria for adoptions in Canada, depending on the province.  For an adoption from a Children’s Aid Society in Ontario, there is little to no cost for the adoptive family.  There is a lengthy process to become approved, and it can take years.  It took four years from the time we started thinking about adoption until Tate came into our home.  It took about two years from the time we started with our local CAS until Tate came into our home.

There are undoubtedly children waiting to be adopted in the US child welfare system as well.

There are children around the world that need families and mentorship to help them become fully productive members of society.

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