we have had 2-3 people ask us this since we made our decision.
our answer is a constant consisting of two words,
' the need ' .
and as one reader recently gently worded it, ' because that is where our daughter was' ... couldn't agree more.
parallel needs; a childs need stirred together with our need to love a child into our family.
we do offer insight here to help better inform & educate about adoption:
we know children within the U.S need families. we know this. and if you have adopted domestically, that too is beautiful; all children, no matter what part of the world, need and deserve a family. our take here is based solely on international because we are adopting from ethiopia and our feeling is the need for adoption within this third world country, is well, needier. it just is. much needier. when i say this, i do not mean need for family, i am referring to basic necessities. health care is scarce. parentless children are overpopulating the number of available caregivers. disease is abundant. the basic necessities offered within the united states for adoptable child(ren) are met, and well met at that. third world countries such as ethiopia can only hope for that kind of care for their orphanges. i could go on, but i don't want to & less is more; hence i will leave it at that.
in retrospect, within my own reflection i've come to realize that while i myself spent 4 years of my own childhood living within a third world country, it changed me. at an early age. i saw. i felt. i strongly knew the differences were huge. and, it stuck with me.
*you may also link to the following within our blog:
:we choose ethiopia:
...within love, because of human need.