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...

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,...

Is there an orphan crisis?

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,...

Adoption Book Preview

Will you join me in defending the fatherless?

I am both humbled and thrilled to announce the launch of In Defense of the Fatherless. Over the last three years, I have been writing a book about redeeming international adoption and orphan care. Writing this book has been an incredible journey. It is hard to believe I am holding this book in my hands. I spent this weekend at the beach with a...

Who are the fatherless in the world today?

"Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation." -Psalm 68:5 I just checked Facebook and Twitter after a day at work and wow – pretty much everyone who has a blog is writing about adoption ethics, the orphan crisis and what we as Christians can do to help without hurting. It is time for this conversation...

The moment of truth

My last post definitely struck a nerve. I am thankful to see more and more families truly wrestling through the issues with international adoption. Many of you have said something very important - this is not all black and white. Sometimes it is hard to know what is best for a child, even when we are willing to surrender our...

What keeps me awake at night

Last night I could hardly sleep. I was thinking about mothers and babies in Africa. About young women who face difficult choices and impossible odds. And about how the simplist of things - a sterile razor blade, a bar of soap, a warm blanket - can mean the difference between life and death for a mother or her child. I was also thinking about...

When do regulations become red tape?

Over the last six months, I've been writing my book, In Defense of the Fatherless. My book takes a hard look at corruption in international adoption - and how we as Christians should respond. The Bible is clear that we are called to protect and provide for orphans, widows and the least of these. I have been wrestling with the question:...

Orphans aren’t just in Africa…

There are a small number of families we know who have adopted children from Africa. I am a white mama with a beautiful brown baby girl. And to be honest, we get a lot of attention. Everyone knows our family because we are that family - the one that adopted an orphan from Africa...

Today is World AIDS Day

This is a post I originally wrote on December 1, 2011 - World AIDS Day. World AIDS Day is celebrated every year on December 1 - but more than 33 million people live with HIV or AIDS every day. I want to share the truth about HIV and AIDS everyday until the stigma is gone. Did you know that more than 30 million people...