15 year old Davion went to his church one Sunday, got up in front of the congregation, and made his case for why someone (within the church) should adopt him. His story has gone viral resulting in over 500 phone calls to the church Davion attends, apparently from prospective adoptive parents/agencies/social workers. What was it that compelled all of these people to step forward and act? Does every older child looking for a family need to make a public plea that goes viral in order for people to consider them adoptable? Are these children truly invisible to us, until they find a way to meet us in the way we want to be met (apparently that's via videos that can be viewed in the comfort and privacy of ones own home)? Northwest Adoption Exchange features many children in the northwest who need homes - now. They post write ups with photos as well as featuring videos of the children telling us why they'd make a great sibling or child (oh the irony that these children are not only without permanency and stability, but that we ask them to make political, charming and persuasive speeches in order to entice others into seeing their value and worth). Take a look at Jaidin (click the link "A Family For Me Video). If his video went viral would that increase his chances of a permanent place to call home? Do we expect teens in foster care to do more than they're already doing to finally be seen and heard?
The "orphan movement" within the realm of evangelical churches tends to focus on the international orphan crisis and domestic infant adoption, while there are still approximately 400K older kids such as Davion, and Jaidin pleading to be adopted. Are the evangelical churches making a silent claim that domestic teenagers aren't "orphans," in their defined sense of the word? Why do teens need to come to us in order for us to see them? With the ever growing lists of prospective adoptive parents waiting for newborns to adopt, it seems that we're doing a pretty good job of seeing those unborn children.
- Florida Orphan Pleads For Family At Church (tampa.cbslocal.com)
- Teen Orphan Tugs at Churchgoers' Heartstrings to Find a Family (gracesinthecity.wordpress.com)