I don’t mean to harp on celebrity adoptions, but I got several responses about my “Brangelina/Madonna” post the other day, which made me curious about where they all actually adopted from. Within five minutes of searching the internet, my heart was sick. The press uses disgusting language to describe their adoptions! “Madonna is on the market for another African child.” And then the controversy, “Many think international adoption markets should be closed.”
MARKETS? There may be a MARKET for an expensive breed of ANIMAL, but should this language be used for a sweet act that leads to parenting children? Yes, adoption involves money. But there isn’t some BREEDER who reaps a profit! It is lawyers’ fees, and not-for-profit adoption agency expenses… plane tickets and immunizations… fingerprints & parent background checks… all for the purpose of getting a precious CHILD home to his/her parents.
Then came the arguments against adopting children away from their country of birth. Isn’t this a non-issue? Until every country has the resources and desire to properly take care of its orphans, then what is wrong with a non-citizen adopting from your country? Isn’t an American-born baby better off in a loving family in Russia than stuck in “the system” until they’re 18? I don’t know of a single country who makes sure that every child has a family of their own.
I also feel like there is something missional about international adoption. I don’t know how to put my finger on it. All I know is that when we worship to Shane & Shane’s “We Ask for the Nations” song at church, my eyes fill with tears and my heart swells – and I am asking God for the nations in two ways – it is my prayer for the love of Christ to cross the globe, and for our upcoming adoption.