I’ll be clear,
these are some of our reasons,
but that doesn’t mean they are absolute.
Rather at the stage we were in,
we felt these were some of the main reasons
God was calling us to adopt domestically.
It may be different for others.
But I hope this will spur you on
as you consider adoption.
1. We felt deeply called to follow the Bible’s reference to
serve and carry the burden of our neighbors.
We felt comfortable calling all Americans our neighbors.
It’s the idea of a community.
Mark 12:31 (NIV) says,
“The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”
2. We felt called to minister to our own country.
While we firmly believe that we need to care about internationals,
we also have a duty to aid those closest to us,
ie. other Americans.
3. With my husband serving in the military,
it’s easier to adopt domestically where there’s no international travel.
Many military personnel adopt overseas,
however it it a more extensive process
and we wanted forego any extra hurdles at the time.
4. We really prayed that we could meet the birthmother
and learn our child’s history, so we could pass it on.
It is easier to have an open adoption in America
than in other countries.
5. Simply, it was easier and more “achievable”.
I put the parentheses there because anything is possible with the Lord.
We truly felt that at the stage of life we were in,
and community wise,
domestic adoption was for us.
Lord willing, we’ll adopt again.
And what will it be like?
Where will we be called to adopt?
Only the Lord knows.