Saturday, August 30, 2008

Encouraging Transracial Adoption

Dr. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is advocating transracial adoption on his blog ( Here is a small sample of what he is saying:

"Given the vast number of at-risk orphans in the world--now numbering in the millions--this resurgence in adoption among American evangelicals should be a matter of public celebration. In the United States, 127,000 children are considered 'unadoptable,' and many of these are racial minorities. Shouldn't the adoption of these children be a priority for the church?"

Although I don't expect public celebration (as Dr. Mohler explains in his post, some social workers are pushing segregation of the races), I agree with Dr. Mohler that Christians should consider it a priority to care for children who need homes, no matter the racial background of the children or the parents. Dr. Mohler has been a consistent supporter of adoption, racial harmony, and biblical ethics.

(I need to credit Adam Faughn at for pointing me toward Albert Mohler's blog post. Thanks, Adam!)


jeleasure said...

I completely understand there is criteria for adoption. But, how can any child be "unadoptable"?

Terry said...

Good question. When we were going through the adoption process, there were a few cases in which we wanted to adopt a child. However, the child had been so severely abused that the state could not allow him or her to be adopted yet. The child needed more therapy and help before being allowed to be placed for adoption. You would not believe the abuse some children have endured and the difficulty that they have in adjusting to normal lifestyles. However, most "hard to place" children are not "unadoptable". They may be harder to place due to their ages or racial backgrounds. We can adopt them. I know several Christian families who have done so. Thanks for a great question!

Mike said...

Great post. I think this is something that should be preached from the pulpits more.

This is a real mission field that awaits us.

Terry said...

You're right. In November, the radio program "FamilyLife Today" sets aside a week of programming in order to focus on adoption and orphan care. Also, in Oklahoma, the Department of Human Services has a program called "One Church One Child" in which it asks churches to make it a priority to encourage members to consider adopting a child in state custody. November is National Adoption Month in the United States, so I might post more frequently about adoption during Novmember. I'll try to emphasize it more often at other times, too.