Adoption: What Joseph of Nazareth Can Teach Us About This Countercultural Choice

Rosaria Butterfield | July 17, 2015

My husband and I adopted all four of our children. Our family’s racial profile checks off almost every affirmative action category. We have so many gene pools under one roof that we perplex even ourselves. Daily I homeschool one child with right-brained learning strengths and another with left-brain learning strengths. This means that by the end of the school day, I have no brain. God gave us two children when they were infants and two when they were 15 and 16 years old (and placed in our home five years apart). One son stood a foot taller than me when together we took our place before the judge to complete his adoption eight months after his 17th birthday. When we adopted teenagers out of the welfare state’s foster care program, one woman in my church community feared for the safety of my youngest children. I told her our adoption of older teenagers allows our younger children know that had we met them in foster care at 16, we too, with the Lord’s help, would have recognized them as our covenant children. Nothing preserves safety like knowing who your parents are—and knowing they recognize you across race, culture, and age. For my husband and me, adoption is not some consolation prize for my infertility; it is…

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