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Archive for June 20th, 2011

Massad Ayoob

ADOPTION THESE DAYS

Monday, June 20th, 2011

I recently spent some time with a young couple I’ve known for years, good kids who grew up in small towns in the American heartland, as did both their parents. They grew up in rural places with rural values, including Family with a capital “F.”

            Recently, they received the sad news that their plans to have children were not going to be biologically possible. They are now exploring adoption, and finding out that it’s complicated and time-consuming (as placement of a child certainly should be, and as they expected.)  However, they’re also finding that it’s unexpectedly expensive. 

            This surprised me too.  It’s WAY outside of my subject matter expertise.

            So, on behalf of these good young people, I’d like to ask something of all y’all.

            Who’s been through, or closely observed, the adoption process lately?  Fill me in.  What’s the best approach to reaching out and finding a baby to bring into a close-knit, extended rural family that embraces the kind of values the whole Backwoods Home thing is all about?

            Comments and advice will be most welcome.

 
 
 
 
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