Let me be clear: I know very little about international adoption. We briefly considered it at the start of our adoption journey but did not pursue it due to my not meeting the minimum age requirements (25 for many programs).
But I do know that I was kept awake last night by this post. Ashley, the adoptive mama-to-be who wrote it, has been a friend of our family for many years, and I was heartbroken and horrified to learn about her failed adoption that was riddled with fraud. And while I don’t know much, I know that this isn’t the first time I’ve heard stories like this.
Friends, we must stand firm against unethical, fraudulent adoption schemes. If you are considering international adoption, please educate yourself about adoption ethics and find an agency that does not have a history of facilitating ethically questionable adoptions.
Jen Hatmaker has written an excellent series of posts on adoption ethics if you’d like more information.
Yes, adopt internationally if that is what the Lord has called you to do! Yes, there are so many true orphans that are in need of a home. Unfortunately, in our fallen world, there are people and agencies and governments that are participating in some unethical practices for a variety of reasons. Adopt, yes(!), but proceed carefully and knowledgeably, seeking the Lord in all things.