Thursday, February 13, 2014

Frustrations with the system, Defending orphans, and Hearts

We knew the road to adoption would not be smooth.  We knew that the system was flawed.  But it is still so immensely frustrating to live it.  We've been in this process now for 4 months.  The state, in their own training manuals, says the process of preparing for adoption will take 3-6 months.  We completed our requirements in 3 months.  The state has yet to begin theirs.  I still want to remain hopefully that we will get a call any day now to start our homestudy, but our social worker has repeatedly proven that both she and the system are unreliable.

Yet Indiana's governor, Mike Pence, continues to talk about how he wants to make Indiana the most adoption friendly state.  In his State of the State address just last month, he said:
"Adoption is a beautiful way for families to come together forever. We can expand and improve adoption in Indiana. We can improve the way we place children from state care into adoptive homes, and we can support every parent who is willing to lovingly adopt a child into their home. Let’s make it our aim to make Indiana the most pro-adoption state in America"  
I wish Mike Pence would make some practical changes right now.  Maybe instead of just offering tax credits to adoptive families, he could offer incentives to the people whose job it is to get the kids in foster care adopted.  Or just get rid of people who aren't doing their jobs and hire new ones who actually care!  I've noticed over the past 4 months that the profiles on the Adopt US Kids website don't actually get updated.   The policy is that they must be reviewed and updated yearly, but I have yet to see one profile where the verbiage actually changes when the "updated date" changes.

Isaiah 1:17 says, "Learn to do good, seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow."

As we celebrate Valentine's day by showering love on our spouses and children, I ask you to please remember those without a family.  Defend the orphan.  Pray for these beautiful children, God's children.  

I'm linking up with Cari for Theme Thursday: Hearts.  

Visit the Heart Gallery and look at their faces and please pray for them by name. 

Heart Gallery of America



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