National Adoption Month 2010 Blog Series
By Rob Heaton, Miriam Project Student Assistant
As we turn our calendars from November to December, National Adoption Month has come to a close. Though the month that was is designated as a time to dedicate efforts for education and awareness about adopting, the actual cause of adoption knows no particular season. With this in mind, the Miriam Project devised its National Adoption Month blog series as a way to expound upon timeless truths, pleas and facts about adoption, though it was purposefully delivered in November 2010.
As adoption is a year-round event, we hope you will continue to find the blog series useful. This entry contains links to all five blog posts, as well as a brief recap of their contents. Sequentially, the Miriam Project encourages you to…
- [Week 1] Get the Facts About Adoption: National Adoption Month is declared annually by presidential proclamation. UNICEF estimates that some 13 million children worldwide have lost both parents; many end up in orphanages. In the United States alone, almost 115,000 children are awaiting adoption.
- [Week 2] Consider the Scripture About Adoption: In his epistles, Paul regards adoption as a reflection of our reconciliation with God. Adoption, therefore, is a creation-renewing practice; James 1:27 explains that pure faith includes caring for widows and orphans in their distress.
- [Week 3] Share Your Adoption Perspective: Even if you are not an adoptee or an adoptive parent, chances are you are affected somehow by adoption – through a friend, family member, acquaintances, etc. There is power in each unique story about adoption, power that could plant the seed in someone’s mind to eventually adopt!
- [Week 4] Practice Your Gratitude for Adoption: In the spirit of Thanksgiving week, and in consideration of the holiday’s original roots, we believe that it is impossible to separate the practice of adoption from our expression of thankfulness.
- [Week 5] Commit to the Parentless:With an understanding of the sheer volume of children in need of parents and our command to care for the orphan, some sort of response is required. In many cases, this may lead a couple to adopt, but there are other ways to commit to the motherless and fatherless. What is your response to the need?
As always, thank you for reading and for your steadfastness for adoption.