How to… Celebrate Adoption

If the opportunity arises to attend an adoption proceeding, please do so. November is National Adoption Month, and each state usually has a specific day each year it declares “Adoption Day.” On this day, multiple families adopt one or more children. The families and children are all ages and races, and the families all look very different from one another. But what isn’t different is the look of “finally” on each family’s face as the day they’ve waited for (usually anywhere from 1-3 years) has finally arrived. The road each family took to arrive at this day is as different as the people who traveled it, but the focus and goal unites them all. On this day, the family becomes the child’s “forever family,” and the goal of “permanency” has been achieved.

“Adoption Day” for our youngest son.

The Michigan Department of Human Services posted that in 2009, more than 2,700 children were awaiting adoption in Michigan. Today, there are just under 3,900 children in the foster care system awaiting adoption. The statistics don’t change much from year to year, unfortunately, and so many children continue to await permanency with their “forever family.”

If adoption is a part of your family history in any way, you understand the feeling that the words “forever family” evokes. You know that it means you have someone who promises to never leave you, a feeling with which you may be all too familiar. The idea that adoption can bring a sense of belonging and can give a child an identity for which he/she is proud is one of the drivers behind “Adoption Day.”

While not every person reading this will have been adopted or even have an adoption in the family, every person can know what being adopted into a “forever family” means by making Jesus Christ Lord of their life.Every Christian should already know the feeling of permanency that being a child of the living God provides. This is open to every person. Unlike the 3,900 or so children awaiting a permanent family in Michigan, no person has to wait to become a permanent member of the family of God. No person has to wait to know what belong to the “forever family” of God is like, because adoption into God’s family can happen today.

John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only begotten Son, so that whosoever believes in Him may never die but shall have everlasting life.” Admitting the need for a Savior, believing on the saving name of Jesus and confessing that you are a sinner is all that needs to happen in order to join God’s “forever family.”

No one has to wait for a declared “Adoption Day,” and no one has to wait for a family to be willing to adopt you. A family – God’s family – is ready and waiting, and the Father is always standing ready to welcome anyone with open arms!

DISCUSSION: What does being a part of God’s “forever family” mean to you? How do you celebrate it?

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13 Replies to “How to… Celebrate Adoption”

  1. I always thought that kids who are adopted should feel great about that since they were "picked". I admire families like yours that have gone through adoption. I am sure that children by adoption are "birthed" through your heart and the cords are just as strong as if they were a child that was born to you.

    1. There definitely is that specialness of being picked, but even that doesn't always fully overcome the abandonment and rejection that the kids have as baggage. I am so thankful for God's grace & mercy working in my son's life to heal him of that pain. And yes, the bonds are as strong as if I had given birth to him.

  2. What a great story Kari. I love the photo. Have a young friend thinking of adopting. Know many families who have. What a blessing to all!

  3. Kari — I’ve talked about this a lot in China. Historically the Chinese are not for adoption because of the lack of “blood” to tie a person to the family so they will “walk off with all the investment” when they are an adult. I’m so thankful that the concept of adoption is one that we are familiar with and that God speaks so fondly of it!

    1. Wow, Amy. I didn't realize that. Our culture sure has a very different perspective on adoption. I love how the Bible speaks of adoption too, especially in regards to our salvation but also in the many examples of individuals who were essentially adopted (Esther, Moses & even Jesus himself) by at least one parent. Adopting a child definitely deepened the meaning of my own adoption into God's family.

  4. My wife and I have two biological children but are contemplating adopting children in the future. Everyone I've talked to said it's a lot harder than people think but also a lot more rewarding.

    1. Adopting a child has been immensely frustrating, but the rewards by far surpass the frustration. I am humbled that God allowed us to be a part of His plan to alter our son's life in such a tremendous way. God is turning his rough start in life into a testimony, and I am constantly in awe of being allowed to be a part of that. I can't imagine our lives without our son in them. God has not only changed his life dramatically for the better, He has changed ours in immeasurable ways as well.

  5. Catching up with email today and I appreciate your bringing National Adoption Month up. Romans 8 speaks about our being adopted by the Father. "The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children" (Romans 8:16). As a father of an adopted son, I recognize how significant that relationship, "God's children" through adoption, is. When verse 17 speaks of being heirs and joint-heirs, I know that whatever I have belongs to my son as well. God is even more generous toward me than I am toward Daniel.

    Thanks for the reminder.

    1. Adopting a child definitely helped me to understand and appreciate my own adoption as a child of God for sure. Yes, God is SO much more gracious than I could ever be to my son. I think that's what makes me feel humble the most. No matter what I do for my son, God does so much more for me.

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