Why write another book about adoption

I am in the process of writing a book, In Defense of the Fatherless: Redeeming International Adoption and Orphan Care. Here are some answers to questions you may have.

Why does there need to be another Christian book about orphans and adoption?

In recent years, evangelical Christians have awoken to God’s heart for orphans. In response, thousands of Christian families are considering adoption and churches are launching orphan care ministries. The purpose of this book is to examine why some responses to the orphan crisis, while good-intentioned, are misguided and ultimately harmful to vulnerable families and children. The book will challenge Christians to consider God’s heart for the orphan and the widow and the call to protect and provide for vulnerable families and children. Furthermore, the book will equip Christian families and ministries to ”redeem” international adoption and orphan care.

Learn to do good. Seek Justice. Correct Oppression. Bring justice to the fatherless. Plead the widow’s cause. (Isaiah 1:17)

Who am I to write this book?

I am just a mom. I am not an expert. Most of the articles about adoption and orphan care are written by lawyers and academics. Most Christian books on this subject are written by pastors. In many ways, I am unqualified to speak on the subject.

But like most of my readers, I am a mom. I am an adoptive parent. I am a Christian involved in orphan care ministry at my church and in my community. I don’t write as an authority on adoption. I write as a fellow pilgrim walking with my readers on a path set out for us by the Father of the Fatherless.

Why am I writing this book?

The Bible is clear that Christians are called to “bring justice to the fatherless,” (Isaiah 1:17). Christians have woken up to God’s heart for orphans, but in our passion for orphans, we are are ignoring increasingly widespread abuses in international adoption and orphan care. We believe there is an overwhelming need and we want to respond, but many of our actions are harming the very people we want to help.

We need to open our eyes. We need to look at the evidence for corruption in adoption and the harm done to children through institutional care. Good intentions are not enough. Doing something is not always better than doing nothing. We need to understand the impact of our actions. But we cannot stop there. We need to look at the orphan crisis with a Biblical worldview. We need to understand how God sees orphans and widows and what he calls us to do in response.

I hope you’ll take this journey with me. Join me in wrestling with the truth and in fighting for justice. A relentless pursuit of God’s heart for the widow and the orphan forms the heart of the book. It is only by the grace of God that I can write the truth with confidence and conviction.  Even as I write, I am praying for my readers. I pray that your hearts would be broken and your assumptions challenged, but that you would ultimately be inspired and encouraged.

What is the book going to be about?

In writing this book, I am have opened my Bible next to literally thousands of pages of research. My passion is to apply what the Bible has to say about orphans and widows to the world today. I am also in the process of interviewing dozens of adoptive families and orphan care ministries. As a writer, I’m a big believer in the power of stories to open eyes and change hearts. Throughout the book, I will share stories that both illustrate the widespread abuses in adoption and orphan care and how to do things differently.

The structure of this book is straightforward. In the first part, we will examine the nature of the orphan crisis. We will learn that some responses to the crisis, while good-intentioned, are misguided and ultimately harmful to vulnerable families and children.

In part two, we will dig into the Bible to seek God’s heart for the widow and the orphan. We will discover how God calls his people to get involved in protecting and providing for the “least of these,” (Matthew 25).

Finally, in part three we’ll get very practical. We will examine how to pursue adoption and orphan care differently in order to protect vulnerable families and children.

Wow, you really need to hear my story…

If you have a story you want to share with me about your experience related to international adoption or orphan care, please comment and I’ll be in touch. I am looking for stories. Likewise, I am looking for a “red team” of people willing to help me read and edit the book. If you share my passion for reforming adoption and orphan care, join me.

Sounds great. When can I read it?

In Defense of the Fatherless is now available to purchase on Amazon!

Sara Brinton


SARA BRINTON is a writer and entrepreneur with a passion for reforming international adoption and orphan care. She leads marketing for Noonday Collection, a business that uses fashion to create opportunity in developing countries. Sara and her husband, Mark, live in Austin, Texas with their four children, including daughter Gabrielle who was adopted from Uganda.

  • Florence

    May 2, 2012 at 10:04 am Reply

    Wow! Sarah, this a great piece of work that God has trusted you to do. As a counselor, I’ve read storries of abuse from adopted

  • Florence

    May 2, 2012 at 10:07 am Reply

    Children. They seem so saddening, but I’m so grateful for the answer and hope that God has through this amazing coming up book

  • kendra

    May 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm Reply

    hi sara! so excited for this and for you!

  • Tiffani

    May 2, 2012 at 2:19 pm Reply

    yaaaaaaaaaaay Sara!!! I would be happy to help with reading and editing the adoption portions, but wouldn’t likely be all that helpful with the scripture half — I’m sure you’ll find better qualified individuals than myself, but let me know if you do need help at any point!! enjoy your coming travels, so exciting!!!! hugs!!!

  • Carrie

    May 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm Reply

    Sara, I would love to help read and edit your book if you need people to so. I am very excited for you and your family in this season of life, but I am thrilled to read and share your book!!!

    • Julie

      May 2, 2012 at 6:34 pm Reply

      Hi! My hubby and I were foster parents for 11 years, and adopted 5 of our kiddos through that foster care system. We have 2 bio kids. We recently came home with our daughter HIV+ from Uganda. I’d love to be of any help to you that I can. We love the Lord, and love the orphans!
      Blessings, Julie

  • Erica

    May 4, 2012 at 1:55 pm Reply

    Awesome! I’ve love to help read and edit. So excited for what God is doing in and through you and your family.

  • Amy

    May 4, 2012 at 3:53 pm Reply

    Hi Sara!
    I have been trying to find an email address to reach you. I would love to help read the transcript and have a few leads for you. (including our story)

    Looking forward to hearing from you! 🙂

  • Jessica

    May 4, 2012 at 11:07 pm Reply

    Hi Sara,
    This is Jessica, Jessi’s friend that sat with you at T4A last year. I’m very excite for you to be writing this! Thank you so much for walking this road! I’m with you in whatever way you need help. I will also keep my ears open for anyone who may have good stories or information for you that comes through our orphan community here in SC.
    Grace to You! {And maybe I’ll see you at T4A ATL?}

  • Ashley L

    May 6, 2012 at 6:20 pm Reply

    Hi Sara! I am not sure if you remember me, but we have been long term members of Mars Hill, though we live and serve in ministry in Russia. My parents are Bruce and Kathryn who used to be in your community group, so you may remember me better that way.

    I was so excited to find your blog today and to read some of your amazing heart for adoption. We have been trying to start the adoption process for months now and have been searching for a way to do so for over a year. We live in Russia and love Russia and our heart absolutely breaks knowing that there are over 10,000 orphans in our city alone. There are so so many kids who are desperately waiting for homes. We are a family that desires more children and who would absolutely love to welcome one of these children as our own, yet we keep hitting brick wall after brick wall. Since a change in adoption law last summer went into place, it seems nearly impossible for expats living in Russia to adopt from Russia. Though of course we love Russia, our biggest desire is simply to love any child that God may bring to us, no mater where on this earth they are born (we are planning to switch to Bulgaria since Russia seems like a closed door), but it just feels so wrong that we are surrounded by such true need but are prevented from being a part of the solution. I know many other missionaries in Russia who also desire to adopt and who have run into the same problem. Our church partners with a ministry to orphans who age out of the system and then are left on their own, often to face a devastating future. So so many kids grow up in orphanages and are never adopted, and the result is tragic. Only 10% become functional members of society while the rest fall to suicide, drugs, alcohol, gangs, crime, and prostitution. I bet this expat issue is too specific of an issue to be of much help in your research, but know that I am so thrilled that you are helping open people’s eyes to the fact that so many things with adoption simply shouldn’t be. I have such a hard time knowing that people desiring to grow their families through adoption are having to walk away because of bureaucracy that can’t work with unique circumstances. I will be praying with you for change!
    ~Ashley Latvala

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