IF you attend an evangelical church these days, there‚Äôs a good chance you‚Äôll hear about the ‚Äúorphan crisis‚ÄĚ affecting millions of children around the world.
These Christian advocates of transnational adoption will often say that some 150 million children need homes ‚ÄĒ though that figure, derived from a Unicef report, includes not only parentless children, but also those who have lost only one parent, and orphans who live with relatives.
Evangelical adoptions picked up in earnest in the middle of the last decade, when a wave of prominent Christians, including the megachurch pastor Rick Warren and leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention, began to promote adoption as a special imperative for believers. Adoption mirrored the Christian salvation experience, they argued, likening the adoption of orphans to Christ‚Äôs adoption of the faithful. Adoption also embodied a more holistic ‚Äúpro-life‚ÄĚ message ‚ÄĒ...
Some countries like Russia are beginning to limit, by the way. Adoption as a form of abortion control is excellent practice in one's own country. I doubt if that avenue has been completely traveled yet.