International Adoptions Plummet Due to Multiple Trends
April 12, 2016
- Current Events, Current Events, Ministry Briefing, Start Here, Uncategorized
International adoptions by Americans hit a high of 22,884 in 2004, but a series of political shifts have sent that number plummeting to 5,648. In the case of Russia, all adoptions in the U.S. have been halted since 2012, while China and the Ukraine are working to arrange adoptions within the country. Meanwhile, Ethiopia and Guatemala are working hard to root out corruption and child trafficking.
Go here to read the full story. Get stories like this and more each week with Ministry Briefing! Order now and receive your first four issues for just $1!
Why this story matters for church leaders:
Adoption has been a major ministry among many churches, but as international adoptions decline, Christians may need to consider other options.
- The Good Reasons for this decline: International adoption can be a tremendous blessing and ministry, but child traffickers and corrupt officials have also turned adoption into a money-making business. Countries with the greatest challenges have delayed adoptions in order to address these needs.
- The Bad Reasons for this decline: International events have prompted some countries to cut off adoptions with the U.S., leaving both adoptive families and children cut off from each other.
- Needs for ministry remain: Stateside adoption remains an option in some cases, and other opportunities to minister with children in need remain, such as foster care and after school programs.
How can your church support families pursuing adoption?
Find this story interesting? It’s just one of dozens of stories great leaders are reading about this week in Ministry Briefing! All readers of my blog can get the next four issues of Ministry Briefing for just $1!
Save Time. Lead Better. Ministry Briefing finds only the top news items, cultural trends, and resources that you need to know about each week… stories that will help you save time and lead better.
Who doesn’t want to be a better leader, right? But it takes time to develop and learn new leadership insights. And it takes an intelligent plan. Ministry Briefing puts everything you need to develop your leadership in your hands each month. You’ll find the top 40 resources nicely summarized and fully linked so that you can drill-down on your specific areas of interest.
Great leaders learn from great leaders. Each week, our editors read hundreds of church leadership resources (the great, the not-so-great, and the ‘really’?) and pick only the best of the best to share in Ministry Briefing. You’ll learn great concepts and ideas from really sharp minds… things that will stretch and mold you into a better leader for your local church.
We’re not in the business of selling a bloated program or complicated process that guarantees (or suggests) that we’ll make you the next Andy Stanley. We don’t claim to be the best thing since sliced bread. We simply have a passion for the church and ministry and collecting the best resources we think can help you be a better church leader, one idea at a time. Great church leaders keep up on what’s happening in the big “C” church. We make it easy to keep your head out of the sand without wasting your time. Read this week’s full edition with your no-risk trial subscription now