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New Book for Waiting parents: Great Expectations: An Adoption Story

We begin the journey of adoption with great expectations that we will soon hold a child in our arms.  The voyage, however, is replete with periods of waiting and unexpected trials.  Those who choose open, domestic adoptions may wonder why they have not yet been chosen by a birth mother.  Others waiting for a foreign adoption referral similarly question the many unknowns they stumble upon during the frustrating wait.  Adoptive parents often encounter roadblocks that make them wonder whether God cares for them or for the child they want so badly to love.


Foreword to Adoption Book which deals with Russian Adoptions:
The relevance of my adoption story resonated as the news of Vladimir Putin’s new adoption law hit the headlines. In a backlash against the efforts of American lawmakers to stifle human rights’ violations in Russia, Putin retaliated by blocking American families from adopting Russian children. Once again, politicians’ self-interests will punish loving, adoptive parents and vulnerable, innocent orphans.
My heart aches for the parents who have waited so long to bring these children into their homes. They have worked tirelessly to fill out documents and fulfill bureaucratic regulations and have, in the process, made room for these children in their hearts. Many of the Russian adoptees have already met their future parents. They have hoped and yearned to become members of a family, only to have their hopes dashed once again, causing their trust in adults to be further weakened. Orphans grow up with an acute awareness that they were rejected by those who should love them the most- —their biological parents. The reinforcement of this abandonment continues throughout their subsequent relationships; they know they have been rejected, and any further rejection reinforces the sense that they are neither valuable nor loveable.
It is my prayer that my book will embolden waiting parents to persevere and rely on a strength other than their own. It is somehow comforting to know that others have experienced similar pain in their journey to bring abandoned children into a family. It is helpful to know that the love they feel for a child whom they don’t intimately know is not an imaginative love, but has been implanted on their hearts by a loving and compassionate God- —a God who understands suffering and pain, and who himself was despised and rejected.
Blessings and Peace!

Posted by metanelson on Jun 03, 2014 at 10:31pm

When you want to post a thread, pick the most likely group and press “submit” ONCE.  It is not necessary to post an item 20 times!!!

Posted by Happy Camper on Jun 04, 2014 at 4:48am

Sorry - it did not show up, Happy Camper….screen went blank, so I assumed it did not post.

Posted by metanelson on Jun 04, 2014 at 7:33am

It happens to a lot of us the first time we post!

Posted by Happy Camper on Jun 05, 2014 at 6:56am

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