Friday, March 5, 2010

"There are 147 million orphans across our world today. If 1 in 10 Christian families were to adopt, there would be 0."

I love my Christian brothers and sisters who choose to adopt. However, there are so many logical fallacies with the above statement.

1. How many of these 147 million are truly orphans with no parents at all? So many children at orphanages have living parents who believe they can't afford to care for their children. With economic development in their home countries, these parents could keep their kids.

2. If all orphans were adopted, there would just be more orphans. I fear international adoption only increases the number of parents who abandon their children because they feel they are unable to care for them.

3. Let's encourage sustainable, economic development around the world to increase the standard of living and decrease the number of orphaned and vulnerable children around the world. By all means adopt, but let's tackle the needs of orphans and foster children here in the U.S.

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