Tuesday, October 23, 2018

What No One Tells You About Adoption

What No One Tells You About Adoption

“He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.” -Ephesians 1:5

The Stress of Adopting:

There is a lot that goes into the adoption process and it can be stressful and expensive. The cost of adoption on average in the US is $37,000.00. Although, there are a lot of programs that will help you financially. Adopting is a very exciting time and requires soul searching.

There are a few ways that you can manage the stress that comes with the adoption journey:
  1. Praying and reading the word. 
  2. Get a relaxing massage.
  3. Talk with other families that have adopted.

Managing your stress through the adoption process is very important so that you don’t burn out and change your mind about adopting.

The Statistics:

There are roughly 440,000 children in the US foster care system. Roughly 153 million children are orphans worldwide.

Over 60% of US children spend two to five years in the system before being adopted. Roughly 20% spend over five years in the system before being adopted according to factretriever.com

Most adoptive parents are in their 30’s to 40’s. People in this age range are generally more financially stable and can provide the love and support adopted children need.

Families choose to adopt for many reasons, here are a few:
  1. God has called them to adopt. -Galatians 4:5
  2. They want to have children or expand their family.
  3. They want to raise orphans as their own.

More About Adoption:

Adults can be adopted as well. In most states, you can be legally adopted over the age of 18.
It’s becoming more popular to be adopted as an adult. Many adults that didn’t have one of their parents growing up get adopted by step-parents or close friends.

“There is an instinct in a woman to love most her own child; and an instinct to make any child who needs her love, her own.” -Robert Brault

Adopted children should be treated and loved like they are your biological children. They are precious miracles that were only possible through adoption. Adopting parents create a special bond with their adopted children. When you adopt you are raising another child as your own.

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If you have been called to adopt and are starting your adoption journey, here are some places to start.

Adoption Agencies:

Jesus Has Adopted Us:

There are many orphans all around the world waiting to be adopted. Much like we were orphans, Jesus has adopted us. “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him, we cry, “Abba, Father.”” -Romans 8:15. There are still many orphaned people that haven’t found Jesus. They are out there searching for what they are missing.

“My friends, adoption is redemption, it’s costly, exhausting, expensive, and outrageous. Buying back lives costs so much. When God set out to redeem us, it killed him.” -Derek Loux

Jesus died on the cross to be our father if we only accept him to be our father. How many people out there are willing to die to be able to adopt a child? Probably none. People who adopt have to go through great lengths to be able to adopt. Jesus went through the greatest length to adopt us. We only have to have faith and accept him as our savior to make him our Father.

“So in Christ Jesus, you are all children of God through faith.”  -Galatians 3:26

What is your adoption story?

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