Promoting Intercountry Adoptions
Over the last two decades, intercountry adoptions decreased due to politics and adoption bans.
According to a 2019 U.S. government study, 2,900 intercountry adoption visas were issued. China accounted for 819 of these visas, significantly down from previous years. In 2004, intercountry adoption visas equaled 22,000 – the height of intercountry adoption at the time.
Despite visa numbers declining, Show Hope’s Adoption Aid grants have risen.
Show Hope’s Adoption Aid grants affected 10% of all U.S. intercountry adoptions this year, up from 8.6% last year.
Emily believes that even though the process grows increasingly more expensive and arduous, many people want to adopt. She believes that church support is a driving force.
In the early 2000s, Show Hope wanted to realize their mission outlined in James 1:27: “To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”
They believe this is a specific calling for faith congregations to act.
At that time, very few churches offered an adoptive or foster care ministry. Congregations were not talking about adoption as a proactive way to build families.
Emily said, “Not everyone is called to adopt, but we are all called to play our part.”
Partnering with churches for two decades now, Show Hope plays a vital role for many Christian adoptive families.
Today, the foundation addresses three barriers to adoption – financial, medical, and knowledge.