A year after we got married, we ended up meeting some our our close family friends who lived near us and they had two biological daughters, an adopted son, and were in a process of adopting their two littles. Getting to know this family, hearing their adoption stories, and walking with them through their process secured a place in our hearts for adoption. Then, some other family friends were the pilot family for Lifeline’s India program and we were able to see through them how the India adoption process goes. Mix all of that with our faith family being diligent to share adoption stories and the importance behind the church being involved in caring for orphans, discovering an incredible adoption agency whose headquarters happens to be in our city, and the rest is history. It was apparent adoption was woven into the fabric of our family long ago and throughout the years. The only issue we did not know (and still do not completely know) is the timing.
South Asia continued to be another thread the Lord wove into our family. The people, the food, the culture, the countries. We love them all. India is a beautiful country. The people feel and process their worldview in a unique way and have an even deeper connection to their religion flowing into every aspect of their life. They are a resilient people who have endured a great hardship in many ways.
However, there is also a great divide in those who have and those who do not in this country. There are social and religious stigmas attached to having a child with special needs. And there are limited medical, educational, and social opportunities for caring for such a child there. There is also a heavy gap (although the trend is slowly beginning to change) in equality between genders. Women are seen as less than men—sometimes viewed as property rather than human.
Then, the population of India is very large. Over 1 billion people now live in India—that’s almost as large as China’s population. When you combine a large number of people with limited resources, it’s easy to guess what happens. People go without. There isn’t enough to go around. And some are left on the fringe to survive on their own. A child who is entirely dependent on others who has special needs would be one of vulnerable ones in this society.
There are over 20 million orphans in India. To give you a comparison: 20 million is average or larger than most countries in the world. Orphans in India are an entire culture and people group of their own.
And a girl born with special needs in this country are some of the most vulnerable people in the world. Educational opportunities, job opportunities, adoption opportunities, societal and marriage opportunities would more than likely not be a possibility for her.
All of this along with our heart for the people of South Asia made it apparent that India was the country where we wanted to focus our adoption story.
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