Six years ago today, a baby boy was born in China. This little boy, Abraham, was blind, and shortly after his birth became an orphan.
Luckily, someone at Abraham's orphanage cared enough about him to get his adoption paperwork filed. Only a small percentage of orphans ever become paper ready for adoption as it is a long and costly process for the orphanage.
Abraham's papers were ready, and his file even made it to an agency waiting child list. There was such hope for this little boy. A life in America would mean education, a future, a family.
But Abraham never made it to America. He never received an education. He never had a future. He never had a family. You see, no one came forward for Abraham. Not even one family asked to review his file. He wasn't even considered.
Abraham died in China, an orphan.
Why didn't anyone claim baby Abraham? Was it because he was blind? Or because he was a boy? Or was it simply funding?
The fact is that most kids, regardless of their special need, find families when they have large grants associated with their adoptions. This tells me it isn't a lack of willing families, but a lack of funding that prevents orphans from finding homes. And finding a family can mean the difference between life an death to an orphan. This is important folks. Dollars deciding whether children live or die.
During this season of giving, I want to challenge you to support a family who is fundraising to adopt. For many families funding an adoption is hard. Really hard. And not because they don't want to take the money out of their 401K or get a home equity loan. I realize there are exceptions and not everyone is honest about their needs, but I believe, for the most part, families don't take fundraising for their adoption lightly. For most families, the fundraising road is a tough and humbling journey, and not a trip taken lightly. Most families, if they could, would fund their adoptions without ever asking for help.
There are around 2000 kids on the China Shared List of paper ready children. How many of them will die while waiting for a family to choose them? If every child on that list had a grant covering a large part of their adoption, I wonder how many of them would still be waiting in one month.
Be a sender this Christmas season and support a family's fundraising efforts. And if you are a fundraising family, I would love to include your button in my list of "Families Needing Senders". Email me (morekids4me at gmail dot com) with your link, and I'll get you added.