I don’t think anyone who is adopting, especially from a poverty-striken country like Ethiopia, will argue that adoption is going to solve the problems of this country.
Less than 1,300 children were adopted out of Ethiopia last year. The number of orphans in Ethiopia is estimated at about 4.6 million.
Adoption will not solve the very real problems of HIV/AIDS, hunger and poverty.
I came across (via Tom Davis’ blog) a great article that talks about this – Adopting Ethiopian Orphans May Not be the Best Solution
While we are drawn to the idea of helping those who are less fortunate than us – the least of these as Matthew 25 refers to them – then there are thousands of ways to go about that.
For us it became as much about adding to our family – the only way it makes sense. So many people say to us “They are so lucky to have you.” That may be true, but even though we haven’t met them they, and this journey, have already changed us in so many ways that WE are the truly lucky ones.