Saturday, July 28, 2012
I Could Just Cry and Cry
There are so many children who are adoptable and needing loving parents to bring them in and love them as their own. Really, it's hard for me to think about. I asked God early is 2012 to break my heart for what breaks His and a previous burden for the orphan exploded into sorrow upon sorrow. Many times I have to ask for relief because it is more than I can bear.
The people of Nicaragua are beautiful and friendly. I haven't heard of one report of my husband (living there for 3 and 1/2 weeks) being called any names or looked down upon for being a obvious *foreigner*. The government shows every sign of welcoming adoptive parents from the States.
If you or anyone you know would even consider adopting a child or children from Nicaragua I would be happy to help you or give you any information you need to help you in your decision making. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org . That is my personal email address and I check it daily. How I long to see every child orphaned throughout the States and the World in a loving home. It IS possible to end the orphan crisis!
I have friends who have almost completed their adoption in Nicaragua and we talk often about what we now know and how we could make this a journey for someone else that is more smooth than ours.
The most difficult thing about adopting in Nica is that you must be a foster parent to the child/children for 3 months before you can bring them home. Social services advises adoptive parents to be prepared to spend 3-6 months in country. But in today's world of being able to work from home, I know it is possible for many many people. My husband is working from Nicaragua now with wireless internet and our Vonage phone.
I know that sounds like a lot, but it is such a great adjustment time for the children you are adopting. They will get to know us (as I hope to be there next month!!) while in their own country among the familiar BEFORE they travel to all that is unfamiliar. This way they are not going to a strange land with strangers.
The government of Nicaragua is very careful to make sure every child adopted is truly an orphan. They investigate each child to make sure there is not a biological family member who can care for them. They are protective of the child not being exploited which is why, even though the children are my foster children, that I cannot share pictures of them publicly.
If God is calling you to adopt, I ask you to pray about Nicaragua. I would be so happy to help you!
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." ~James 1:27