Friday, May 04, 2007

Evangelicals push 'orphan care' as abortion alternative

DENVER — Prominent evangelical Christians are urging churchgoers to strongly consider adoption or foster care, not just out of kindness or biblical calling but also to answer criticism that their movement, while condemning abortion and same-sex adoption, doesn't do enough for children without parents.


"In some people's minds, the church has been very pro-life up until the point of birth," said Michael Monroe, who co-founded an adoption and foster care ministry at Irving Bible Church outside Dallas. "I don't know if that's a completely fair observation. But a lot of people are saying it's not enough to be pro-life, we need to be pro-children as well."

The effort has two major thrusts. Aware that adoption and foster care aren't for everyone, organizers are suggesting alternatives such as providing support networks for foster families, taking short-term mission trips and sponsoring orphanages.


I favour adoption. But adoption of older children is much more difficult and is not something that just any family can take on. Proponents of legalized abortion glibly say that all pro-lifers should adopt older children. The problem with older children is that they come from toxic backgrounds, and adopting such a child is extra challenging. In fact, I read a statistic that said about 18% of adoptions fail-- meaning the child returns to the social welfare system. That's absolutely heartbreaking.

Of course we should look for ways of encouraging adoptions, but glibly saying that every individal pro-lifer should adopt is simplistic.

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