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Looking at Adoption Differently


Written by Sarah Thacker

“It’s a hard knock life for us. It’s a hard knock life for us. No one cares for you a smidge when your living in an orphanage.”

This year the children’s theatre in my town is performing the production of Annie. I went with my daughter. We knew many of the people in the play, and it was fabulous. I haven’t seen Annie since I was a child and I definitely had not thought about it with my new set of eyes as an adoptive mom. It was very thought-provoking to see it knowing what I do now.

Three things I noticed:

1) The catchy little tune,“It’s a Hard Knock Life” is probably true in many orphanages, but I also know many, many orphanages that love kids well.

Not as well as a family, but as close as they can. We adopted our fifth child from an orphanage in Haiti. There is no way I want my Reese to ever think that “no one cared for him a smidge”. No way.

They cared for him deeply.

They nursed him back to health both physically and emotionally.

They taught him how to bond.

They saved hair from his first haircut.

They had preschool classes with him.

They saved his first paintings.

They took 160 pictures of him.

They made sure to take pictures of his First Mom and him together.

He was cherished.

Thankfully, I know of several other families who adopted from very caring orphanages. I would adopt from Children of the Promise again in a heartbeat. They are looking for families, check them out here: www.childrenofthepromise.blogspot.com

2) In the production, Annie was positively certain that her mom and dad were going to come back for her.

It serves as a good reminder that kids often think of their First Parents. In our house, we try to casually weave in our kids history and their First Parents so it won’t feel awkward for our kids to bring up things they want to talk about. This applies to all kids: if they think some subjects are off-limits, they will make up their own answers, which are often far from the truth. This is a fantastic post about honoring First Families

3) At the end of the movie, Annie is adopted by Daddy Warbucks.

Who couldn’t be happy for Annie, but now I especially think about all the other girls. That is what plagues me: the kids who don’t get adopted, who age out of the system or are turned out to the streets.

Who can make their life better?

Who is going to tuck them in at night?

Who is going to teach them about Jesus?

Who is going to teach them about love and commitment?

Who is going to advocate for them?

Have you seen the movie Annie recently? Did you notice anything in a new or different way? What is something that you have learned this summer that you see with a fresh set of eyes?
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