Mother India Review


I have a heart for adoption and caring for children seemingly left behind.  This wasn’t always the case, I would turn my head the other way when I heard the numbers – they are staggering and it can be very overwhelming to think you can actually make a difference…..

In the U.S. 400,540 children are living without permanent families in the foster care system.  115,000 of these children are eligible for adoption, but nearly 40% of these children will wait over three years in foster care before being adopted.  SOURCE

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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. [Read more…]

Making a Difference


This is a post from Guest Columnist – Sarah Thacker of Sarah Thacker Adoption Coaching and Consulting.

147 million orphans?

350,000 cases of cholera being reported in Haiti?

925 million hungry people worldwide?

27 million people are slaves across the world?

422,773 kids in foster care in the United States?

115,000 kids in the US waiting to be adopted?

1 million children are exploited in the world sex trade every year?

$32 billion was made in the sex trade last year?

Ahhhh! Overwhelm. Too much. Turn the channel. Quit thinking about it. [Read more…]

Adoption: From the Inside Out – Sarah Thacker


I am thrilled to introduce you to another NEW columnist for 2011, Sarah Thacker.  Not only are we colleagues but we have developed a wonderful friendship.  🙂  She will share her journey of adoption and perhaps even how you can support the orphans of the world – even if you do not feel adoption is in God’s plan for you.  There is so much that can be done, so open your heart to ‘hear’ how God may be speaking to you.

Did you know that 40% of the population thinks about adopting at one time or another but only 1-2% do it? [Read more…]

Our Adption Story – Jill Savage


Our family in 2003, right after we adopted Kolya. From left to right in back: Erica (12), Anne (18), Jill, Mark, Evan (16). From left to right in front: Austin (7), Kolya (9) (ages at time of our adoption).

With it being National Adoption month, I thought it was perfect to share this story with you – re-posted with permission from Jill Savage. As you may know, our family waits for placement of a child that God has chosen to come to our family for a FOREVER home through Foster Care – it is hard to wait, but these types of stories help me be patient and wait on God’s plan.  🙂

Our Adoption Story

Over the years, Mark and I have talked on occasion about becoming foster parents. As the parents of four biological children ranging in ages 6-18, we’ve enjoyed parenting and have a heart for raising children according to God’s truths. On occasion we wondered what it might be like to extend that passion beyond our biological family, however we had never considered adoption as a way of doing that. [Read more…]