Each month we will
offer a list of action ideas so you can defend, honor, and celebrate Life in your churches and communities. This month, we are looking at special needs adoption.
doption is a hard sell.
Open your home to someone who is not related to you and may not share your way of life or values? Considering the additional complications of adopting a child, and it is little wonder why there are only, on average, 135,000 adoptions a year, according to the Adoption Network
, while there are over 400,000 children in the foster system in the United States. This means that special needs adoption is an even harder sell, as it could bring additional financial and emotional burdens. But if we truly believe that all life is sacred, the onus falls on us as Christians to open our doors to the orphaned, and that includes children with special needs. What exactly does “special needs” mean? This could mean physical, mental, emotional, and/or learning delays or disabilities. However, this also includes siblings who wish to stay together, teenagers, and children who have been physically, sexually, or emotionally abused. Clearly, this is a widely defined group with a lot of differing needs, and maybe your family is uniquely created to welcome one or more of these children. I can hear your objections. Adoption won’t work with your life, because of x, y, and z. You don’t feel called to adopt. True, not everyone is called to be an adoptive parent, special needs or not. But that doesn’t mean you can’t serve families who do
feel called to adopt. Organize members of your church who want to serve families in your church and community who have chosen adoption, especially special needs adoption. Learn about the needs of adoptive parents and families. Set up volunteers who are willing to assist with childcare, transportation, or other practical needs. Only when we as the Church begin to open our doors can we truly say that we are the protectors of the fatherless and the orphans.