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Daddies

It's June, and in America, we honor fathers during the month of June. There's a reason we refer to the vulnerable children in the title of our book as fatherless. In most societies, developed or developing, mothers seem to bear the larger burden of child care. When mothers are unavailable, it's often grandmothers and aunts who step in to raise the...

Update on Adoptions in DRC

Chapter 4 of In Defense of the Fatherless discusses the current suspension of exit letters for adopted children from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The exit letter is the last document a child needs to exit the country and immigrate to the United States. It's understood that there are at least 100 children currently waiting on exit letters - meaning...

What does it take to protect orphans and widows from injustice?

Today is day nine of ‪#‎AskBetterQuestions‬. On Thursday, Sara and I will be at CAFO2015. As we prepare for this gathering, we want to engage families, churches, leaders and influencers who are passionate about adoption and orphan care to stop and ask better questions. We would love for you to join in the conversation! Yesterday I received a text message from a friend in Rwanda. Angelique,...

How should Christians respond to corruption in international adoption?

Today is the end of our first week of ‪#‎AskBetterQuestions‬. In just a few days, Sara and I will be at CAFO2015. As we prepare for this gathering, we want to engage the families, churches, leaders and influencers who are passionate about adoption and orphan care to stop and ask better questions. We would love for you to join in the conversation! I...

Who are the fatherless in the world today?

The Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit 2015 starts on April 30, 2015. Amanda Bennett and I will be attending CAFO2015 along with a handful of other advocates who are passionate about starting a conversation with the leaders of the adoption and orphan care movement. Over the next ten days, we are launching ‪#‎AskBetterQuestions‬. We want to engage the families, churches,...

The Book I Wish I Had Read

In Defense of the Fatherless is the book I wish I read in 2010 when we began our international adoption. My husband Bill and I decided to adopt internationally after years of struggling with infertility. We read Russell Moore’s Adopted for Life and prayed about how God might use a physical adoption of children to teach us more about his great...

Questions of Poverty and International Adoption

In my work consulting with families, I often meet adoptive parents who discover that they child they are adopting has a living birth parent (or parents) who might be more interested in parenting than the adoptive parents were originally led to believe. In response, many of us who have been in that position have to weigh the benefit of the...

Adoption Agency Accountability

The fight against international adoption corruption and the fight for the rights of vulnerable families rages on, but we've had a few great victories in the last week. Last week, the Department of Justice arrested four adoption agency representatives on charges of visa fraud. This is a huge signal to adoption agencies that they can't ignore what happens on the ground...

Weeping Families

Not everyone has a merry Christmas. This is an all too familiar story. A mother is poor and struggling to care for her children. She is approached by a woman who tells her that there’s a place her children can go for help. A place where they can get food, medical care, shelter, and maybe even school. She makes the heroic...

A Mother’s Love

In Rwanda, we are surrounded by adoptive families (yay!) and ministries that support orphans here in Rwanda. Truly, one of the big reasons we wanted to come to Africa was to get a better picture of this orphan crisis we hear so much about in America. I never referred to this article when it came out, but our story was highlighted...