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Lord, we pray for a nation that celebrates adoption. And we pray that all attacks on Judge Barrett's adoptions would stop! Now!


Attacks from the Left on Judge Amy Coney Barrett are sad, but unfortunately not surprising. Recent years suggest “progressives” will hold very little back in a war over the future of the courts, especially the U.S. Supreme Court.

But I admit I was disgusted when some activists decided to target Barrett’s adopted children simply because they are Haitian-born and lovingly joined into a family with white parents.

It’s not the first time the hope of finding forever-families for children has taken a back seat to progressive ideological purity for some on the Left. For example, a recent Senate report aimed at improving adoption policy found that “in some states and cities, faith-based foster care and adoption providers have been compelled to stop providing these services…. due to sexual orientation and gender identity laws…. which would conflict with these providers’ religious beliefs about marriage.”

Still, support for adoption — domestic and international — is generally nonpartisan. Thankfully, significant majorities of Americans favor infant, foster care, and intercountry adoption.

I say “thankfully” because adoption is beautiful. And it’s also biblical.

Last fall, IFA president David Kubal made the case that adoption is a key part of God’s plan. Referencing the childhood stories of Moses and the Lord Jesus Christ, Kubal said, “Truly, the blessing of adoption must be close to our Lord’s heart.”

We should celebrate adoption, not malign it. Thousands of children — newborns to teenagers — are in need of safe and loving families. How can we help them? How can we support birth and adoptive parents, as well as social workers, who are willing to invest their time, treasure, and most importantly their hearts in doing what is best for these kids?

Those are questions Members of Congress should ask. And many do.

Numerous legislators have stood strong against efforts to reduce or eliminate the Adoption Tax Credit, which is invaluable to parents as they consider the expensive placement process. Others have sought to root out why intercountry adoptions have declined precipitously by over 80 percent since the beginning of the century.

One bill Congress could act on now would actually right a decades-old wrong for many adult adoptees and simultaneously reinforce in the eyes of the world the value Americans place on adoption. Rather than force adoptive parents through a labyrinth of cumbersome red tape, a law passed in 2000 recognized the equality of adopted and biological children in families by granting immediate citizenship to foreign-born children adopted by U.S. citizens. However, that law only applied to individuals 18 and younger when it was enacted.

As you can imagine, that left a sizable population of U.S. family members without such citizenship. Jedd Medefind, president of Christian Alliance for Orphans, recently wrote about the burden this places on these individuals.

“Lack of citizenship can make it tremendously hard for them to apply for college and financial aid, create bank accounts, rent homes, and start careers. Without citizenship, they were ineligible for COVID aid and other vital programs,” he said.

Medefind suggested that leaving this problem unaddressed could cause other nations to doubt America’s commitment to adoption. And that’s not all.

“Most profoundly, it contradicts the deep conviction shared by virtually all Americans that adoption is an act as real and permanent as a biological birth,” he declared.

Fortunately, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) have introduced the Adoptee Citizenship Act (S.1554/H.R.2731) to close this loophole. This is a bipartisan bill that could well be primed for action. In fact, two of the chief Senate co-sponsors are Sens. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Wouldn’t it be amazing if a wholesome message of support and celebration of adoption overtook the day of Judge Barrett’s confirmation hearings!

We can hope! We can pray!

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Aaron Mercer is a Contributing Writer with two decades of experience in Washington, D.C.s public policy arena. He reflects on faith, technology, and the public square at FTPolicy.com.

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Barbara Kuhls
October 5, 2020

Lord Father, as you adopted me into your family, I celebrate the beautiful commitment that parents make to raise children not born to them. We also know that satan is a deceiver, taking two letters from the beautiful word adoption to change the word to abortion. In these last days when men call good evil, and evil good, they don’t fool you. We stand against this evil slander, knowing that we fight not for victory, but from victory! May those who seek to create a negative discussion about adoption be surprised when their schemes backfire, and more are called to the sacrifices of parenting through adoption.

Rev. Sophia Snyder
October 3, 2020

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for showing Yourself great in behalf of Judge Amy Barrett. You have promised protection and favor for those who help the homeless, the helpless and fatherless. Bless her and her husband for becoming parents to these five Haitian children. Without You and them they might have been enslaved by the mericless actions of those more fortunate. Bless You God for Your intervention and thank You for answering our prayers. In Jesus’ name Amen.

October 3, 2020

Thank you Lord for your faithfulness to me and to the United States of America. May we uphold your heart for adoption in our nation and throughout the world! The day you brought my Son to me through adoption was a Gift from the Lord—and that’s the meaning of my son Matthew’s name. I pray that every heart in America would open up to Adoption. It’s absolutely one of the BEST gifts you’ve given me! I’m eternally grateful for your love and provision for my family. Thank you Lord!!! Amen.

Barbara Nelson
October 3, 2020

Our Father, please use all this negative press on adoption for good. Because you will use bad for good. Open couples hearts and minds to the idea of adoption. Bless those who do adopt children, and I pray all these children find a good home.

Mary Martinez
October 3, 2020

God I pray for adoption to be in the hearts of all that are in Christ and to protect the children and teach them your ways Lord. I pray for my home to be a place that this can be fulfilled in Jesus name Amen!! And for many others so that no child is without loving parents to nurture them and love them like you love them in Jesus name I pray Amen!!

Lisa Plummer
October 3, 2020

I’m praying!

Frankie Hutchens
October 3, 2020

God is Love! And this is what life is all about. Love! Bringing a homeless child into a home where healthy parents consisting of one male and one female set of parents promise to love, care for, support and grow this child into another loving, caring and productive human being and teaching he or she about the God who loves he or she is what true parenting is all about. And it’s a beautiful thing! Color has nothing to do with it.

October 3, 2020

Thank you Father for placing men & women in our country in care of orphans , the fatherless and motherless . Lord you commanded us to take care the widows as well. Thank you Lord! Lord give us hearts of love , kindness , mercy and care so we can be a help to those in need in Yeshua’s Name I Pray . Amen!

October 3, 2020

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for intersecting the adoption topic with our confirmation process. You are holy and wise and we adore you and your ways.
Be honored and praised as our legislature works at laws to further promote the care of orphans.
And honor and praise to You, Almighty God for placing Amy Coney Barrett front and center in our nation! We push through the opposition principalities and powers for your will to be done in her placement. God be honored and glorified in our affairs.
Through the blood and name of Jesus, Amen

October 3, 2020

Thank you Lord for this hope and prayer for so many! In Jesus Name we pray, Amen!


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