What of the babies on the outside?

What of the babies who make it to the outside, but are born to mothers who simply don't know what to do with them?

Washington, D.C., recently became the last jurisdiction to pass a safe haven law. This law means parents can surrender their newborn--up to seven days old--at designated places without fear of prosecution. Hearing this news on the radio put me in the shoes of a mother with no hope for mothering, rounding an alley corner or approaching hospital doors with an infant she cannot carry on the outside.

What of her baby? The more I read, the more I am persuaded that adoption is something every Christian should pursue in one way or the other, even if it's only helping fund adoptions Russell Moore's recent book Adopted for Life has received many favorable remarks on evangelical blogs I follow, and has been endorsed by Chuck Colson, who called it "a wonderful book in which Russell very effectively weaves in mankind's own story of adoption by God." And next month he will be a keynote speaker at the Adopting for Life Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. So will Jedd Medefind, who played an important role with the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives under the Bush Administration and now is the president of the Christian Alliance for Orphans.

I can't personally vouch for Moore's book or the content of the forthcoming conference. But I'm grateful for their potential to raise awareness and instruct Christians on the call to provide a lifelong safe haven for the orphan.


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