All of my life, I have had a deep love for the orphan. As a little girl, I lined up my dolls and pretended they were orphans that I had come to adopt. After many years of waiting, my husband and I flew to China to adopt our little girl in July of 2010, and in May of 2015 we went back for a little boy. They, along with our biological children, are the absolute joy of our lives.
Caring for the orphan has four essential steps:
1. Keeping families together.
The first goal should always be to prevent a child from becoming an orphan. Often times, if given the resources, families are able to stay together and care for their children. For just $30 a month, children in many different countries are able to get the food, schooling, and medical care they need and deserve and parents are not forced into the unthinkable position of having to give up a child.
2. Caring for children who have already been orphaned.
Children are orphaned for many reasons, and their care is always our responsibility. Proper housing, nutrition, medical care, and a loving environment are all essential to the well being and development of the orphaned child.
3. In country foster care and adoption.
Families are better for children than institutions. Whether it is a loving foster family who cares for the child until he or she can be adopted, or an adoptive family in the child’s birth country, every child needs a family to call her own.
4. International adoption.
When domestic adoption is not an option, children are placed for adoption internationally. Many children around the globe, including two of my own, have found their families this way.
Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Psalm 82:3
Because it is so near to my heart, a portion of all my Stampin’ Up! earnings goes to caring for the orphaned child. Currently, I support a teenage boy in China who is being raised by his very impoverished grandparents. I have also had the privilege of supporting an infant until she was adopted and a single mother of four until she found employment and no longer required assistance.
This is not a huge thing.
It is small.
I am sure I could be doing more,
but if each person does one small thing,
then together, those small things become something big.
If you are interested in learning more about how you can support a child in need, please visit here. And if you have ever considered international adoption, you can visit here to learn more. Lastly, don’t forget that many children wait domestically. Perhaps there is a child somewhere, waiting for you.