There are many positive and rewarding aspects of being involved with the adoption of Deaf and hard-of-hearing (HOH) children and their families.I LOVE seeing God connect families with their Deaf/HOH sons and daughters. I LOVE watching these sons and daughters, many with limited to no language at all, begin to thrive in their new families rich in ASL. I LOVE sharing resources with families who adopt Deaf/HOH children that will help them help their children reach their full potential. I LOVE watching these families grow in their own relationship with their Lord through the adoption process. I LOVE being able to help these families raise the funds necessary for them to bring their Deaf/HOH children home. I LOVE watching God draw these children into His forever family and then send them out to share His story with those like them.
My heart ache’s for the Deaf/HOH children who will never be adopted.My heart ache’s for the Deaf/HOH children aging out of the limited social welfare system in the countries where they live. My heart ache’s when I see the faces of these older Deaf/HOH children labeled “URGENT – AGING OUT”. I was overwhelmed with heart ache this past week as I searched for the Deaf/HOH children that are “waiting” to be adopted. On one website photos of Deaf/HOH children who had missed their window of opportunity for adoption were now labeled
One friend emailed back to ask what ideas I had in mind.Her family has adopted Deaf/HOH children twice from China. Very quickly, in response, the Lord gave me some basic goals an “aging out” home/school for Deaf/HOH children might offer. Since many of these “aging out” children will still be without language there would need to be indigenous manual language taught in the aging out home/school for them. Ideally, indigenous Deaf adults/families would be utilized for this and for possible fostering of these children. It might not be a full-time foster family, because of cost and other legalities, but at least some time where these older children could experience some semblance of “family.” Vocational trades and “life skills” would also be taught in this home/school for children no longer welcome in their government institutions. In addition, if we are looking at starting something like this in China, or any country for that matter, the “aging out” home/school should be located near a larger city for better access to greater resources.
Please join me and others in praying for a complete understanding of how, when, where, a home/school could be started to prevent the “aged out” Deaf/HOH children from being thrown out on the streets as refuse.
Protect the orphans and put an end to suffering so they will no longer be afraid of evil people. Psalm 10:17-18
for precious is their blood in his sight. Psalm 72:12-14