Many Christian churches are committed to finding homes for orphans around the world. One of the ways they do this is through “Orphan Sunday,” which is a day devoted to spreading awareness to children in need of families. According to an Oct. 27 Associated Press report, evangelical adoption advocates are under fire and being accused of serious offences, including fraud and child trafficking.
Proponents argue that some evangelical groups are so determined to find children Christian homes that they are ignoring other options, such as supporting the birth family so the child doesn’t need to be separated from them or seeking out adoptive homes in the child’s birth country.
Jedd Medefind is the president of the Christian Alliance for Orphans, which organizes Orphan Sunday. He urges Christians to look for truth in the criticism. He agrees problems follow when people begin to see themselves as “rescuers.” He describes pride, self-focus and a “I know better” outlook to be the root of well-intentioned efforts to help gone dangerously wrong.
The 5th annual Orphan Sunday will be held Nov. 3, 2013.
How do you know if your agency is going through the proper channels? Author Jen Hatmaker has a three part series on adoption ethics. Tens of thousands of children are waiting to be adopted in the United States. Find out more about foster care adoption through the Dave Thomas Foundation.