When I think of Lifeline I smile. I smile because we are growing. I smile because we have been blessed with an incredible, experienced, dedicated staff of professional social workers. I smile because we have an army of volunteers just wanting to assist us in assisting our families. I smile because we are aggressively developing ministries to address the plight of the orphan. I smile because I have been looking at pictures today.. pictures of children who have hope and a future, children who have someone to comfort them when they skin a knee or have a tummy ache, children who now live in Christian homes! Sometimes I just want to say a thousand thanks!
There is so much to be grateful for.. Lifeline is effectively bringing more and more orphaned and fostered children home every year and our footprint in the adoption community continues to grow. We now offer nine International Programs and we are close to adding several more, giving qualified families greater opportunity and flexibility to grow their families and put a dent in the orphan population. But there is still so much more that could and should be done. For instance, I know that 83.7657% of statistics are irrelevant, but one stat that does get my attention is that over 60% of American families consider adoption, but less than 2% actually adopt a precious child. That is a tragedy! Why do so few interested couples complete an adoption? There are two primary reasons.. One, families do not get their questions answered (and adoption is full of unknowns). Second, families cannot handle the financial obligation of the actual cost of the adoption (adoptions can cost between $20,000 and $30,000). Lifeline is committed to the process of answering all the questions that prospective adoptive parents may have and also giving families the tools and resources to financially complete their adoption.
In coming days look for our agency to become more aggressive in our communication with families open to adoption. We want to exhaust every means to inform and educate families, to get their questions answered. We want to utilize every communication tool Steve Jobs can create (Co-founder of Apple and chief designer of the ipad.. but did you know he was adopted?). This past week we pulled off our first of hundreds of adoption webinars. With a goal to both inform and inspire we want to connect to more and more prospective adoptive families. We also want to creatively expand the way families can cover the cost of their adoption. Please check out our website at lifelineadoption.org to see the coming webinar schedule. Also be looking for a 24/7 Online Informational Meeting we will have on the web shortly, we want the information families need when they need it.
Blessings to all of you!