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'Orphan Theology' and the Christian Adoption Movement
May 16, 2013
Summary: From 'Orphan Sunday' to the Orphan Summit, many evangelical churches have found a new calling in overseas adoptions. A journalist explains why the movement may be doing more harm than good, and later the president of the Christian Alliance for Orphans responds.
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Kathryn Joyce: Saving Orphans that Don't Need to be Saved May 16, 2013
For many Evangelical Christians, giving a needy child a home isn't the only reason to adopt an orphan; according to journalist Kathryn Joyce, the call is also rooted in 'orphan theology.'

Taking in a child mirrors the Christian salvation experience - reflecting how God adopted them into the family of believers. But Kathryn Joyce says the demand doesn't match the need, and children with intact families are sometimes swept into the adoption system.

Kathryn Joyce, author of The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption
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Jedd Medefind: A Response May 16, 2013
The President of a leading Christian adoption alliance says Kathryn Joyce has taken smaller facts and woven them into a story that misses the bigger picture. Adoption corruption exists, he says, but that's no reason to stop working to give truly needy children a chance at a better life.

Read another analysis of the book by the Christian Alliance for Orphans

Jedd Medefind, President of the Christian Alliance for Orphans