Will the waiting
In March, I told you all about our new friend “Jay”. He is a precious 12 year old who we met in December while helping decorate his group foster care facility for Christmas. Since January, we have been making phone calls and contacts, hoping to gain “rights of visitation” to have Jay spend afternoons and eventually occasional weekends and holidays with us.
In March, we were gaining ground and were even told that we should be set to visit with Jay starting in April. But April came and went. We talk to Jay’s social worker once or twice every week, but we still haven’t reached the finish line — getting to spend time with Jay.
One of the hardest aspects of orphan care, whether in “visitations,” or foster care, or adoption, is the WAIT. Orphans live in a world protected, though precariously, by bureaucracy. While some children are protected by a father’s strong arms or a mother’s deep love, orphans are guarded by their governments. And while the red tape feels endless and frustrating to those who wish to help, I have to admit that I can’t think of a better system through which we can protect these forgotten angels.
The problem is not the system… although I do not deny that improvements could be made. The real problem is the fact that a system was necessary in the first place. My heart breaks that so few Christians adopt.