We didn’t give up on the “traditional” way of starting a family. We just haven’t been successful in the “traditional” way, yet…so we began to pray and the Lord had already given us a heart for adoption…it was just time for us to start pursuing it, even if it wasn’t within the “time” we thought it would be. (In other words, we thought we would have biological children first…but God knows the best plans for us–more than we can ask or imagine!)
There have been some things said about evangelical adoption that are heard to process and understand. Because our heart is so far from the criticism that has surfaced lately. Here is an article about a book called Child Catchers by Kathryn Joyce. I have not read the book, but the article summarizes what it is about. We, in no way at all, want to deprive a birth mother from her children. We do not think we could raise her child better than she can. We realize the Western culture and all of its comforts can be a harmful place for a child–no matter where they are born. We are doing this to fulfill a call on our lives from the Lord. To care for an orphan, a true orphan, who would grow up in an orphanage without a home, without a family, without medical care, without love, without hugs and kisses, etc. We are not “catching a child” but, we are offering our home and our lives to a child in need. One who is desperate. One who does not have anyone else.
We will not be a part of any of the corruption that has surfaced in the last few years through international adoption. This is why we have chosen Lifeline Children’s Services. Because they are dedicated to these things, too. I just wanted to share this with all of you. It has been heavy on my heart that we aren’t just jumping on the “trendy train” of adoption…we know it is something that is important to the Lord, and important for a child to have a forever family, stability, love, care, and Jesus. I usually don’t share such controversial topics, but this one was too much for me not to share.
Here is Lifeline’s stand on the corruption within the adoption industry:
Countries’ political systems and culture vary greatly from America so
standards are different abroad. We acknowledge these varied standards can
lead to the possibility of corruption in the international adoption process and
our commitment to ethical adoptions may often complicate or delay
adoption. Lifeline uses Hague standards and a Biblical framework as our
guidelines for proceeding throughout the international adoption process to
increase your faith that your adoption is ethical and build a hedge of protection
against corruption while advocating for the children of a sovereign nation. In
fact, countries may be suspicious or in total disagreement with standards,
thought patterns, and basic behaviors that are acceptable in the US.
Our timeline is listed under the tab above: “Our Adoption Story“. PS. We got a call this morning that they received our application and we are good to go! Soo exciting!!! We have applied for Ethiopia, though if in the next 3-4 months we feel called to another country, we are able to switch programs. Here is the timeline for Ethiopia:
- Provide initial application, with references, to Lifeline for review
- Receive preliminary approval into the program
- Begin your home study with a licensed home study provider
- Receive official acceptance into the program (Requires home study review)
- Make application for USCIS approval
- Dossier compilation and submitted to Lifeline for approval
- Send Complete Dossier for authentication and translation
- Start your immunizations
- Receive Referral. (Typically about 15-18 months after Dossier submission)
- Receive Court Assignment (1-6 months post referral)
- Travel for 1st visitation and court appearance
- Prepare final documents and discuss travel
- Pick up your Child (Normally, 3-4 months post court approval)
- Usual length of stay is 5-7 days in-country for each visit
We are thrilled, scared, exciting, terrified, all at the same time. And we are asking for a lot of prayers, for creativity in fundraising, and for prayers as we seek to become parents to a child that we already love, though we have not yet met.
“Lifeline Children’s Services exists to provide a hope and a future through the
Gospel for children around the world by discipling, engaging and equipping
people towards adoption, foster care, and orphan care.”