November is National Adoption Month – and Saturday is National Adoption Day, inspiring advocates to urge families to prayerfully consider adoption.
The statistics are startling: more than 100,000 children in foster care in the U.S. who wait an average of four years to be adopted; more than 23,000 who "age out" of the system annually with no family or permanent home. It doesn't stop there: thousands of women with unplanned pregnancies who are willing to have the baby and offer the child for adoption; plus, of course, children in orphanages overseas who are available.
Tom Velie heads Mississippi-based New Beginnings International. "Every child who is available for adoption desperately needs a home," he shares, "and we all know that children do best when raised in good, permanent, loving households."
Velie acknowledges that some prospective couples are concerned about the cost of adoption, particularly when it comes international adoptions.
"... In many cases, with your airfare and everything included in with the travel, even the lower-priced countries are [going to run] probably in the high $20,000 [range] or around $30,000; some countries go into the $35,000-$36,000 range." But domestic adoptions are much less expensive, he adds.
"Every child needs a forever family is the way I like to put it," he concludes. "And so I certainly hope that during this adoption month that there'll be one more family that'll say Hey, why don't we pray about this and see if God leads us to go this direction and just see what happens?"
And just might be children praying the same type of prayer, that they will get that "forever family."