Posted by: icmadoptionnetwork | June 27, 2011

What are you doing about Post-Adoption support? Part 2

Hopefully you and your family have found a variety of people or resources to rely upon since you have finalized your adoption.  But what has happened with  your child’s birth family or culture of origin?  What support have they received since your adoption has been finalized?  What is being done to reduce and prevent the need for future adoptions?  Don’t get me wrong.  Adoption is a beautiful thing.  Not only does adoption bring together immense need with love and resources, but it is also deeply spiritual and serves to remind us of our adoption into God’s family.  However, adoption is certainly not ideal.

Ideally there would be no need for adoption.  Ideally birth parents would have the maturity, skills, resources and support to parent their children on their own.  Regarding international adoption specifically, ideally there would be families within the country that could provide food, shelter, and love, and do so without disrupting a child’s cultural heritage.  While orphans will always be among us, what are we doing to prevent future children from becoming orphans?  What are we doing to support communities and countries so they can care for their orphans?  To look more within, is there anything we are doing, or our country is doing, that is perpetuating the orphan crisis in the world?

Love without Borders is a non-profit organization started by a group of adoptive parents “to provide the most loving and compassionate help possible to orphaned and impoverished children in China”.  They are now providing ongoing in-country medical care, foster care, education, orphanage support and other help in order to be a long-term support to the country from which their children are from.  Here’s a link to a thought provoking post on their blog:  “First, Do No Harm”

Take time to ask yourself, “what am I doing to provide post-adoption support to my child’s family or community of origin?”  If you have already answered that question, please leave a comment about what you are doing!

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