• Weaving God’s Love Across Cultures: Transracial Adoption and Faith; Mary Lindberg, editor (Augsburg Fortress, Publishers, 2004; 800-328-4648).
• For international and domestic adoptions, the Lutheran Adoption Network, a network of 30 Lutheran social ministry organizations (877-278-2416).
In a country where people shell out millions
of dollars on tabloids, some now write off transracial adoption as the
new cause célèbre. Yet once the glitter of Angelina Jolie-Brad Pitt and
Madonna-Guy Ritchie is stripped away, thousands of children in need of
adoptive families remain.
Poverty, war and disease throughout the world have caused the need for adoptive parents to skyrocket. In Africa, for example, the spread of HIV and AIDS makes it nearly impossible to meet the demand for such families.
Families that adopt internationally often deal with special medical needs as well. According to the International Adoption Clinic of the Children’s Hospital and Research Center, Oakland, Calif., 60 percent of children adopted from outside the U.S. have health problems.
|Karen and Steve ReMine, Roanoke, Va., play Monopoly with Kimberly, 16, and Memory, 10, two of their six children. Kimberly, originally from South Korea, was adopted when she was 5 months old, and Memory has been with the family for two years. The ReMines have three biological sons and another daughter who is from Siberia.|
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