3.21.2013

Orphan Justice: How To Care For Orphans Beyond Adopting By Johnny Carr

    Christians are clearly called to care for orphans, a group so close to the heart of Jesus. In reality, most of the 153 million orphaned and vulnerable children in the world do not need to be adopted, and not everyone needs to become an adoptive parent. However, there are other very important ways to help beyond adoption. Indeed, caring for orphaned and vulnerable children requires us to care about related issues from child trafficking and HIV/AIDS to racism and poverty. Too often, we only discuss or theologize the issues, relegating the responsibility to governments. No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. Based on his own personal journey toward pure religion, Johnny Carr moves readers from talking about global orphan care to actually doing something about it in Orphan Justice.  Combining biblical truth with the latest research, this inspiring book: • investigates the orphan care and adoption movement in the U.S. today
• examines new data on the needs of orphaned and vulnerable children
• connects “liberal issues” together as critical aspects or orphan care
• discovers the role of the church worldwide in meeting these needs
• develops a tangible, sustainable action plan using worldwide partnerships
• fleshes out the why, what, and how of global orphan care
• offers practical steps to getting involved and making a difference
    Orphan Justice tell the story of orphans everywhere who are involved in human trafficking rings, prostitution, pornography, drugs, alcohol and have fallen prey to such diseases as HIV and Aids. Although it is more prominent in other countries, the author points out how it is also raging in our own back yards and we must open up our eyes, our minds, and our hearts and get involved.
     I decided to review this book as I have recently opened my home, and my heart, to foster care. But in all honesty, I never even realized the situations these children have already experienced that even most adults haven't. There is a lot of great information about adoption, agencies (as well as unrecognized agencies who participate in human trafficking), as well as the authors own personal adoption stories of how he adopted special needs children from other cultures. I would encourage anyone who is thinking about adoption or fostering or currently in the process. It certainly is an eye opener as to what these children go through, as well as the filth they are expose to even in an orphanage. Even if you are not open to either of these options, it may change your heart, and your life.

I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion

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