Many of you saw a few weeks ago the results published in the FY 2012 report by the U.S. Department of State which showed a continued decline in inter-country adoption. This tragedy is worse knowing that the number of adoptions has decreased by more than 60% since 2004, and the number of orphans is increasing world-wide. With Russia’s ban on inter-country adoption to the United States, it is assumed that the numbers will continue to decline in coming years.
We are grateful to God that, despite declining total number of adoptions to the United States, our agency has been able to maintain financial stability and continues to place hundreds of children for adoption each year. Unfortunately, other agencies have not adapted as well to changing climate of international adoption; we learned recently that Christian World Adoption, based in South Carolina, A.S.I.A., based in Oregon, and Adoption ARK, based in Illinois, have shut down their agencies. We recognize that this is a very difficult thing for families that were in process to adopt from these agencies and we pray those families will not be discouraged as they continue on their adoption journey.
On a more positive note, I read an interesting article the other day on an online news site that at first caught my attention because it involved adoption from China. In the end, I was pleased to see the court in this case sided with the adoptive daughter and recognized the adoptee as having the same rights as a biological child.
I want to encourage families at any stage in their adoption journey to consider attending the Christian Alliance For Orphan’s annual Summit Meeting “Summit 9” which is being held in Nashville from May 2-3. More information, including registration can be found at this site. Year after year, this conference inspires, encourages and informs hundreds of adoptive families and adoption professionals. I’ll be there and hope you will be, too!
-Brian Luwis, Founder and CEO