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10/30/15 at 03:09 PM 0 Comments

National Adoption Month Brings Hope

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As we celebrate National Adoption Month (November) once again, I am filled with tremendous hope. We continue to make progress for vulnerable children around the world who are waiting to know the love of a forever family. Yes, there are still far too many orphans and orphanages; but now, more than ever, we are seeing governments implementing or exploring in-country foster care programs. Children who have experienced the unspeakable tragedy of losing both parents are increasingly able to stay in their home countries, with loving families.

While hope is powerful, and there is a lot to be optimistic about—especially in the long-term—we must guard against complacency. With more than 144 million children classified as orphans, we are still in the midst of a global orphan crisis. We must continue to work collectively—as nations, as communities, as families, as humans—striving toward a world where every child has a loving family.

For the past several years, Bethany Christian Services has been working closely with a number of developing countries, including Haiti and Ethiopia, to create foster care systems. Given our 70 years of experience in providing essential support to children and families in crisis, Bethany was approached by government agencies within these countries to offer training and demonstrate best practices.
Bethany is now engaged in more than 15 countries developing in-country foster care and foster-to-adopt programs. For more information on these efforts, including our work with organizations such as Empty the Orphanage in Zimbabwe, I would encourage you to read and listen to this Mission Network News piece featuring Ruth Olsson of Bethany Global Consulting.

Here in the United States, where orphanages no longer exist, we still face the issue of too many children without forever families. Today, there are more than 400,000 U.S. children in foster care, with approximately 102,000 waiting to be adopted. What’s most unsettling is that more than 23,000 children age out of U.S. foster care every year. For a country as strong and as generous as ours, that is unacceptable.

During National Adoption Month, I urge you to think about what you can do to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children. I challenge you to find ways in which you can join us in moving toward a world where children can thrive in a loving family, whether that is by becoming an adoptive parent, introducing an orphan ministry at your church, volunteering, or making a donation.

On behalf of everyone at Bethany, thank you for your efforts and commitment to children in crisis.
For more information on adoption and the services Bethany provides, visit www.bethany.org.

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