I have a confession. I was a little ambivalent about attending my first Christian adoption conference.
I read a lot of blogs. (Too many blogs). Some of them are very critical of adoption. I am an advocate for adoption, but I read with interest because I also think the system needs massive reform, and because I think it’s good to get the perspective of others. Usually I have a pretty high tolerance for listening to viewpoints that differ from my own.
One of the things that has been heavily criticized in the adoption blog world is the Christian movement of “orphan care”. The group of missionaries in Haiti that tried to take a group of children to the Dominican only fueled the sentiment that pro-adoption Christians are wreckless, short-sighted, and self-serving. I like to think I remain objective when reading stuff like this, but I admit I entered this conference with some skepticism.