Adoption

In 2009, our family hosted an eight year-old boy from Ukraine for three weeks. It was quite the experience! This little bundle of feisty energy had more baggage than the cargo pit of a plane. Tiny for his size (he wore a 4 toddler), he was filled with fear and had his primal instincts on high alert as he had learned the hard way during his short little life…that he could trust no one! Once he had to board a plane headed back to Ukraine, my husband (who firmly said for years that he would NEVER ADOPT) claimed that he wanted this little guy for his son. God told him that this boy was his and he was to fight for him. Fighting for Luke Aiden took a whole year, two trips to the Ukraine and more money than a good college education. Finally, though we brought him home, gave him the same inheritance as our biological children and a last name that not only gave him identity, but a family. Adoption has been challenging, stressful, costly, messy, and beautiful. Luke Aiden has taught us more about the character of God than any one else!

Luke’s bags are lighter now and he’s accepted Jesus as his Savior. His extreme health issues are finally under control and he is now learning and thriving. Having a child with special needs who came from a hard place has a tendency to place the parents in a necessary place….at the foot of the cross, constantly asking for God’s help, mercy, strength and patience!

Because adoption is close to our hearts and our family, we have worked with organizations and ministries that are devoted to defend the fatherless.

Currently, I’m involved in writing a book along with two doctors from Riley Children’s Hospital. One is the medical head of the adoption clinic and the other is the doctor of psychology, specializing in international adoption. The unique and often challenging needs that a family faces with international adoption need to be addressed if we are to continue to successfully living out James 1:27 in healthy and realistic ways.

Adoption is radical – sometimes loving the unlovable (or what the world deems as such)

Christ did a radical thing by redeeming us  while we were unlovable – it was messy, painful and of the highest price so that we could be called the adoptive children of God!

Based on our adoption journey and the lessons God has so graciously revealed regarding our adoption into His family, I wrote an adoption devotional which is now distributed through Katelyn’s Fund Orphan Ministry. The devotions have also been recorded. You can hear the reading of each individual devotional on the Katelyn’s Fund website.

Katelyn’s Fund Orphan Ministry is an organization that works to help children through adoption. Joy is a contributor to the blog. You can read her writings and work from other contributors at katelynsfund.org/blog/

Below you will find recommended resources on adoption.

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Twenty Things Adoptees Wish Their Adoptive Family Knew

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Twenty Things Adoptees Wish Their Adoptive Family Knew

Twenty Things Adoptees Wish Their Adoptive Family Knew by Sherrie Eldridge This extraordinary book, written by a woman who was adopted herself, gives voice to children’s unspoken concerns, and shows adoptive parents how to free their kids from feelings of fear, abandonment, and shame. With warmth and candor, Sherrie Eldridge reveals the twenty complex emotional issues you must understand to nurture the child you...

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Adopted for Life The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches

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Adopted for Life The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches

Adopted for Life The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches by Russell D. Moore (Crossway Publishing) During our second trip to Ukraine to adopt our son, Luke, this book was devoured by two desperate and exhausted people, my husband and me. We were in the midst of such incredible warfare to redeem our boy! We needed a plumb line to help us keep focused on the goal, not the difficult circumstances surrounding the adoption process. Moore addresses how adoption is so revealing in the character of God through every nook and...

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