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Journalist Kathryn Joyce caused a stir this year with her book The Child Catchers, a sweeping indictment of the evangelical overseas adoption movement. Joyce claimed that much faith-based adoption is corrupted by trafficking, patriarchy, and bad theology. ...

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Wendy Hammond

December 04, 2013  3:17pm

There are many Christian organizations doing hard work to equip local churches in developing countries to take care of the widows and orphans in their midst. Unfortunately it's not as easy to fundraise for these long term programs as it is to raise money for orphanages and sponsoring children.

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Calvin Chen

December 04, 2013  12:53pm

This is a good start and I certainly believe in adoption being a part of evangelical's plan for orphan care -- something we are called to Biblically. However, why not propose or try to create a system of accountability or oversight (perhaps a voluntary association -- an equivalent of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability perhaps?) to ensure that adoptions are ethical? Furthermore -- a huge gap in evangelical adoption is our lack of conversation on post-adoption resources and counseling, for families and especially in the areas of racial, ethnic, and adoptive identity for the adopted children and ensuring that the voices of adoptees are heard in this. I work regularly with internationally adopted Asian Americans in my ministry and this is not being addressed in evangelical circles as we continue only discussing whether and how to adopt...

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Evelyn Sims

December 03, 2013  3:00pm

Another solution is the wonderful work of the "Watoto" program where Mothers who've lost children and children who've lost parents to Aids, famine, war etc are put together in family groups of 6-8 and provided with homes, food gardens and schooling. This model allows families to develop where there has been tremendous loss and grief, yet stay in their own culture in the sound of a loving Gospel, preparing leaders of the future.

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