Adoption Figures in U.S. Increase Thanks to Adoptions After Haiti Earthquake
by Steven Ertelt
July 19, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Due to the increased attention about adoptions resulting from January’s earthquake crisis in Haiti and other external factors, Bethany Christian Services says it is seeing significant growth and interest in the U.S. adoption market.
The large adoption agency says overall international and domestic adoption placements are up 26 percent over the same time period in 2009.
The pro-life movement has promoted adoption for decades along with parenting as one of the positive alternatives for women considering abortion.
The organization is reporting intercountry adoption placements are up 66 percent and similar adoption inquiries are ahead by more than 5,000 requests during the same six month time period of 2009. That totals an unprecedented 10,567 inquiries during that time period.
Bethany ascribes these increases in part to the Haiti crisis and the need to find safe homes for children who lost one or both parents during the earthquake.
"The figures Bethany released show strong improvement as we confront the global orphan crisis, but the need still remains as there are still an incredible number of orphaned children who wait for their ‘forever family’," said Bill Blacquiere, president of Bethany Christian Services.
"It is our vision that every child has a loving family, so we are working to find new families and identify supportive local communities. We all must contribute to take measurable and immediate action in order to find more families who can provide loving homes," he told LifeNews.com in a statement.
Bethany also reports domestic infant adoption inquiries are also higher than in 2009 with 8,037 in the first half of 2010.
In addition, Infant Adoption Home Studies have increased 15 percent and formal infant adoptions have increased 23 percent over 2009.
In addition to the Haiti crisis, Bethany attributes the increase in adoption to new movements within Christian churches, which are creating new attitudes for young couples.
Blacquiere highlighted that the Southern Baptist Convention announced a new Adoption Fund, which subsidizes the cost of adoption for pastors by $2,000.
He pointed out that Rick Warren’s Saddleback Civil Forum focused heavily on orphans and adoption and other popular conferences, such as Catalyst, Together for Adoption, the Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit and Adopting for Life, have put adoption at center stage.
Related web sites:
Bethany Christian Services – https://www.Bethany.org
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