American adoptions of international children have dropped to their lowest number in more than 20 years. In a report released Friday from the U.S. State Department, only 7,094 children from overseas were adopted in the 2013 fiscal year, over 1,500 fewer than the 8,668 adopted in 2012.
The numbers are nearly two thirds down from the 22,884 adopted internationally in 2004 and are at their lowest point since 1992, The Associated Press reports.
Ryan Hanlon, the executive director of programs at American World Adoption, said that one factor driving the numbers down is Russia's 2012 ban on international adoption. But he also pointed to larger failures within the adoption apparatus since its zenith during the last decade. more >>
In Becoming Home: Adoption, Foster Care, and Mentoring — Living Out God's Heart for Orphans, Jedd Medefind provides practical guidance to churches and Christians on why and how they should get involved in helping orphans.
Medefind is an adoptive father and president of the Christian Alliance for Orphans. There was much he did not understand, he says, about orphans and orphan ministry when he began both of those projects. He wrote the book, in part, to share that gap of information — what he knows now that he used to not know about orphans.
The central concerns regarding orphan care, though, he had correct from the beginning: "Children need families. Millions are growing up without one. God has a special concern for these kids. And we should too." more >>
While Tim Tebow may still be unmarried and single — the former pro football player has not publicly admitted dating anyone — he's already imagining what his family life might look like some day.
"When I have a family someday, I'll probably adopt," Tebow told People Magazine. "Adoption has always been something close to my heart. There are so many kids out there who really need a family."
In 2013, Tebow, who is the youngest of five children and, like his siblings was homeschooled, added adoption to one of the causes that his foundation supports. At last week's Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic, he and several other celebrities, along with professional golfer and fellow Christian, Bubba Watson, raised $1.1 million, some of which will fund Orphan Care, which financially supports more than 850 orphans in five countries. more >>
Russian sanctions will not stop her advocacy for Russian orphans, said Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), one of nine U.S. officials that Russia announced sanctions against in retaliation for U.S. sanctions against Russia.
"Being sanctioned by President Putin is a badge of honor," Landrieu announced in a statement to The Christian Post.
Landrieu has been one of the most outspoken critics of Russia's decision to ban adoptions to the United States. She, along with Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), sponsored a resolution condemning the action that was unanimously passed by the Senate. more >>
A Chinese "baby hatch" in Guangzhou City has suspended work after parents overwhelmed the welfare center by abandoning more than 260 children suffering from various kinds of illnesses.
Xinhua news agency reported that the baby hatch, which is where parents can leave their children instead of abandoning them on the streets, was forced to suspend its services on Sunday after its resources were spread too thin by the 262 babies it received since it began operations in January.
"The number of babies we have received is much higher than in other parts of the country over the same period," said Guangzhou City Welfare Center Director Xu Jiu, who noted that there has been a shortage of rooms, quarantine facilities and other things necessary to care for the babies. more >>
A new Wendy's campaign will highlight the company's commitment to adoption.
The fast food chain began its initial advocacy work in this area after founder Dave Thomas, who was himself adopted, started the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption in 1992. The company has promoted adoption over the years through "a little bit of soft advertising," primarily by placing donation coin boxes at its registers.
With the arrival of Craig Bahner, an adoptive father and Wendy's chief marketing officer, the company now seeks to connect itself further with the mission of its foundation. more >>