Book Review by Jenny deGroot

In August 2015, Jenny deGroot wrote a review of our book for The Banner, a magazine published monthly by the Christian Reformed Church in North America.

The authors of this new book take the biblical directive to care for the fatherless seriously. Both women were committed to traveling across the globe to adopt a child through an international agency. Their experiences, however, took them down unexpected and painful paths, compelling them to write a book that unearths how we might be hurting children and their extended families through the very thing we believe is helping.

As these two mothers shared their own experiences about international adoption, they teamed up to ask questions and dig deeper. Together writer Brinton and lawyer Bennett began to unearth much that is not well in the world of orphanages and international adoptions. They discovered that, more often than not, the adoption path is fraught with inconsistencies, roadblocks, and untruths about the situations of the children who are presented for adoption.

Encouraged by the book When Helping Hurts, the authors invite readers to consider the international adoption situation, including the social, emotional, and monetary costs.

The book reflects their own journey and their desire to give parents, churches, and other institutions the courage to be critical, self-reflective, and thoughtful about what we are called to through the repeated biblical directive to care for widows and orphans. Both women and their families have committed their lives to working with and for vulnerable families.

We are thankful for Jenni’s kind words and her willingness to share our book with her church community!

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.

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