Yes! I am.
I gave birth to a beautiful daughter, my first baby in 1976. I just turned 19. I was an un-wed mom. I knew many girls who had abortions then.(who now in their 50s suffer because of it) I married Tom when she was 2 weeks old. We had had an off and on relationship since I was 13 and he was 16. He was in the Army from age 18 to 21. When he came home, we married and he became our daughter Angel Ruth's only Dad. (She would be 36 this year, she died in a car accident at 28 precious years young.)
Fast foreword to 1988. We were waiting to adopt our 5th child. We adopted the most beautiful baby girl with Down Syndrome. Her name was Joy Elizabeth. (her birth mom's name was also Elizabeth)Back then parents of children with disabilities, questioned whether they should carry a baby to full term if there was a known disability. They were often counseled to terminate for "the baby's sake". Our baby Joy's parents did something daring back then, they carried her to full term, loved her and chose us to parent her. Sadly our hearts were broken when she died at 5 months old, from medical complications. Her birthparents flew from AZ to attend her funeral here. Our baby Joy had 4 parents who celebrated every second of her life! This was not the norm then.
In 1989 we were ready to adopt out 7th child, our 4th adoption. As always we prayed-" Precious Lord, send us the child who needs us!"
This time we learned of the huge need for adoptive parents for children who were black. (My children call themselves black Americans- their choice) In our state, Minnesota, it was illegal then for white people to adopt a black child. (In the late 90s that was finally contested and found illegal in the supreme court, but MN continued to fight it.)
We knew of an outspoken family with a long history of Foster Care, who had children who were black removed from their foster home if they tried to adopt them. They did this to this family repeatedly to make a point! We learned not to ever make our trans-racial adoptions too public for fear of retaliation. We were criticised often for "attempting" to parent children who were black. These same critics were not willing to save a life!
I don't know how the outspoken family did it, but they never gave up and eventually they did adopt 2 children of color from Foster Care, from MN. The children the state did not allow them to adopt just because of color lost the most.
We could adopt children who were black from other states. We were told that boys who were black needed homes the most. We "patiently" (no I'm never patient! LOL!) waited for our boy! And in July 1990 our 2 month old daughter Grace Lovey came home! A girl! LOL! Grace's birthmom had considered abortion 3X before a Christian agency took her under their wing and loved her. Babies that were black were not adopted then like they are now. At a Christian agency dinner to raise awareness for trans-racial adoption, a birth mom speaker, pleaded "Will anyone adopt my baby?" Can you imagine? Just because of the color of her baby, they had difficulties finding a family? It broke my heart.
And this is why. If you look at the picture to the left, you will see MY baby Grace!! She is in the front center in the grey sweater, black dress. She was at a state wide Black CEOS conference for a very large national company. She is only 21 years old. She is also a Law student. Yes, her birthmom considered abortion 3X, because she was trapped in a situation she was not ready for. But I was ready, and because we teamed together- here is our end product- the Amazing Grace!! (yes I read her those stories as a child!) A gift from God! (o.k. I'm weeping un-controllably now!)
Now a days it is more than acceptable to adopt any baby. There are waiting lists now for babies of any color or with disabilities. Especially Down Syndrome babies! This is amazingly fantastic!
But there are no waiting lists of families for adopting children/babies like these from Eastern Europe.
They were not aborted in their country, because the cost of abortion is not affordable to them. That part is good. After all who can "afford" to end a life. But now, because they are not aborted, but still not wanted, they are abandoned at record rates there.
So here IS a life already waiting, already saved needing your help. Are you against abortion? What will be your part in saving one of these children in a Country far away from your comfort zone, my comfort zone.
Are you really against abortion? Could you offer prayer or support, and get the word out to everyone you know. Get the word out that these precious children need your help now! So that families willing to save them,willing to bring them into their home to save their life, can?
PLEASE! Support not just our family but any family! :o)
God Bless you all!