Compassion : There are No Excuses (Part 2)


A continuation of Sonja’s discussion of compassion

Many use the excuse that they cannot afford to adopt a child. In truth, there are many programs, grants, and loans available to adopting parents as well as the federal adoption tax credit. If there is a will there is a way. For most of us then, there is no will?

Many use the excuse that someone else will take care of the problem. Well obviously not many are stepping up to the plate to resolve the orphan issue, if someone was then why are there so many orphans worldwide?

Another excuse I hear often is because of illegal trafficking of children. How do the adoptive parents know the child they adopt was not obtained illegally? The answer is the Hague Convention For the Protection of Children & International Adoptions. The primary purpose of the Hague Convention is to prohibit child

trafficking and to ensure that an adoption is in the best interest of the child. The convention has established rules and regulations which have been put into place to reduce child trafficking, and to ensure that the child that is available for adoption was processed through all proper channels. This includes but is not limited to, that the adoptive parents have, without coercion, placed the child for adoption. Countries who are party to this convention must meet and have in place strict regulations to prohibit any illegal doings with regards to international adoption.

The truth of the matter is that there are many countries beyond our borders who have a much lower standard of living. As a result, many poverty stricken mothers find that placing the child for adoption is in the child’s best interest. The birth mother has enough compassion for her child to offer the child a chance at a better life. Many children find their way to orphanages as a result of death of their parents, poverty, drug abuse, war and neglect. The list goes on and on.

When someone decides to adopt a child they not only make a difference in the child’ life, but they also make a direct and positive impact on society. Why? Because children who are not adopted do not have the life skills necessary once they turn eighteen and will, most often than not, turn to lives of crime and prostitution. These are the children who will be in charge, they are our future. Will they have compassion?

Compassion starts with us, Want to make a difference in the life of someone and in the future? Stop making excuses. Consider adopting a child.

Sonja Brown works as the International Program Director for MLJ Adoptionsā€™ programs in Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti and Samoa. Sonja is also proud to work directly with our Individualized Country Program families who are adopting from countries where no adoption service providers currently operate.