We love this video – Jason TOTALLY laughed his @ss off when the husband said “She’s the gas pedal and I’m the breaks.”
It’s a great video, but before you watch, here’s something to consider…
There is some sensitivity in the adoption world about talking about “saving children.” On one hand, some people, due to their faith or otherwise, feel that it is their mission or vocation to adopt, and to save children. So they talk about it quite openly, like the couple does in the video. Some others really resist talking about “saving children” because we (I include myself in this,) don’t want our children to grow feeling like they owe us any more than biological kids owe us. We also don’t want them to think negatively about where they come from.
But there is this reality, that a lot of children who were adopted wouldn’t have made it if they hadn’t got new families. I’m sure that’s true for some of the kids in the video, and probably it applies to our kids as well. Of the children I know from Ethiopia, the vast majority of the kids were out of options, due to health or family situations. Many of them would not have lived to adulthood. Some would have been absorbed into traditional networks of neighbors and extended families, if adoption wasn’t an option…. but not all. Not even most.
So really, when you are adopting a child, you may or may not be “saving” them specificaly, but you certainly are creating a spot for another child to get into the adoption system, and to have a family. That’s undebated.
Enjoy this wonderfully inspirational video, and after, I’d love to hear what you think about the phrase “saving a child…”