Many people think adoption isn't for them. . .because they can't afford international adoption.
Have you checked THIS out? Heart Gallery is a ministry across the nation of photographers who take the time to beautifully capture images of children across the nation who are in our foster care system and awaiting adoption. Their goal is to take pictures that capture people's attention. . .that take down the foster kid image and replace it with an "oh my dear, isn't that child adorable"!
They just put the local Heart Gallery Exhibit up in our church. Man, these kids have captured my heart already. I was just talking to friends tonight about a little 3 year old girl listed! There is also a sibling group that has stolen my heart, hook line and sinker! The 5 year old little girl is to die for beautiful and looks just like the little girl in Slumdog Millionaire (an amazing movie if you haven't seen it yet!).
Check out the Heart Gallery for your state. . seriously. . just take a few minutes and check these kids out. Did you know that it is FREE to adopt from the system? And, I believe (in Florida at least) your child will also have 4 years of college!!! There are many other benefits of adopting from right in your own backyard. . .two of them are HERE and HERE. . .two boys who are precious beyond comprehension to me and to their brand new forever families who have longed for them as long as I have known them. Devin was actually in the Heart Gallery just last year!
Check it out. . .comment if you have questions. I'd be happy to help or point you to someone who can. While I adopted internationally, I believe that adoption is adoption. . .it's finding a way to fulfill God's command to take care of widows and orphans. It doesn't matter WHERE they are from. . just that we obey! There are children in our own neighborhoods who need families. If you've considered adoption, but thought the cost was prohibitive, you were wrong! Check HERE to find your little (or big!) one. These children NEED you. If you aren't currently ready to adopt, pick a child, let them capture your heart. . .and pray dilligently for them!