Kansas City seems to be an adoption hot bed. I thought it might just be the International House of Prayer where I’d find all of the “families that look like us” until I was stopped in the parking lot of Whole Foods last week by a woman who had adopted three children. So now, of course, I’m convinced they are everywhere ;).
One of the resources we have the opportunity to take advantage of is offered by The Zoe Foundation. They have worked out an agreement with a local doc who is providing 4 free physicals each month to adoptive families (a requirement of the home-study). And we got in for October! While the cost of a non-annual physical may not break the bank, every little bit counts.
The thing I hear most often about adoption is from people who have a heart to pursue it but can not afford it. And, let’s be honest, the population of people who have 15 – 35K lying around is slim. (As an aside I have witnessed countless times, and first-hand, God’s heart for adoption as demonstrated in His provision for the finances.)
I write all this to say if you are a doctor, or a lawyer, or an accountant, or a speech therapist, or a travel agent … or photographer, or you love to cook, or you find satisfaction in cleaning there are ways you can support adoption by doing the thing God created you to do. God provided people in almost all of these categories for us as we brought Eden and Caleb home. In a Mary-Poppins sort of way they showed up on my doorstep, even when my pride was too big to ask for help.
If you have a heart for adoption, but aren’t necessarily called to adopt, ask the Lord to show you who and how you can support in their adoption.
While I don’t subscribe to the philosophy that it takes a village to raise a child, I do believe it might take one to bring them home.