To Register for the 2014 RunWalkAdopt 5k or for more information Click Here
Saturday, March 22
Newport Beach, CA 92625
Why you must come this year:
•Ryan Dobson is our speaker for the evening.
•Great deals on auction items that support Nightlight
$50 adults, $20 children, $350 for a table of 8.
Learn more about Nightlight’s Foster Adoption program on Nightlight.org.
Recently the media has raised public awareness about children whose adoptions have been dissolved and the methods used to find news homes for these children. The media has dubbed this practice as “rehoming.” Sometimes these adoptions are called “disrupted adoptions,” but the technical term is dissolved if the adoptive family has already legally adopted the child—either here in the US or abroad. In cases where a formal adoption did not take place, this is called a disruption. When people use the term “rehoming,” nearly all children being placed in new homes come from dissolved adoptions. “Rehoming” –the term for placing a child in another adoptive family—has become a pejorative term, so some people prefer to use the term “replacement family” or “readoption to a new family.”
This more intense and serious discussion regarding rehoming was instigated by Reuters’ five-part investigation and report called the “Child Exchange.” Negative terms abounded in the discussion, and some of the adoptive these families were said to have “unwanted” children. In these stories, we are told of families who found the behaviors of their adopted children too difficult to manage and sought to seek new homes for these children. Not knowing where to turn, some adoptive parents have posted their desire to find another home for their children on the internet or on rehoming group list serves.
It was a busy, but exciting week for our crew here at the Nightlight Christian Adoptions one which certainly helped the good news of adoption in all forms. We wanted to take a moment to recap some of the events happening this week just to make sure you didn’t miss anything.
Our very own Dana Woods, the China Program Director at A Helping Hand Adoption Agency (an affiliate agency of Nightlight), was a guest on the Creating a Family radio show. Discussion focused on what it takes to adopt from China including the process, cost and what to expect. If you are considering adding to your family through China adoption, this is an excellent resource to listen to.
Hear the complete interview on CreatingAFamily.org.
Embryo Adoption on Family Talk Radio
This past Wednesday, the Strege family, the very first Snowflake family, appeared on the Family Talk radio broadcast with Dr. James Dobson for a 25-minute interview. Don’t miss an amazing opportunity to hear how embryo adoption started, the Strege’s amazing story and how embryo adoption can help you achieve your dream of achieving pregnancy. To listen to the full broadcast visit the Family Talk website.
Continuing an awesome week of exposure and awareness, Fox News featured embryo adoption on their website, telling the story of the Hawkins family. Enjoy an excerpt of the moving story below.
“Stephanie Hawkins is one of the 6.7 million women in the U.S. who struggle with infertility. But when she and her husband Ben realized they wouldn’t be able to have biological children, the Rochester, NY couple decided it was time to try to start their family another way.”
To read the full story visit FoxNews.com. One correction to the article: Fox refers to Snowflakes and Nightlight as a clinic, but this is not the case. Nightlight is a licensed adoption agency, and employs the best practices of adoption to the process of embryo donation. In this sense, we are an indispensable partner to clinics, as we provide the strong social work model that gives clients the confidence to donate and adopt. In addition, the article notes Snowflakes® policy of non-discrimination, as a California-based social welfare agency. For more about this policy click here.
To learn more about all of your adoption options including Domestic, International, Embryo, Foster Care and Home Studies, visit Nightlight.org.
Nightlight Christian Adoptions and the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption would like to congratulate the Timm family on the birth of their triplet Snowflake Babies on December 17th. God Bless your new family.
Two microscopic cells, egg and sperm, each smaller than a speck of dust, whose survival is short and their usual destiny is death, but for a unique encounter, in a unique time and place.
Two separate incomplete ones, part of a man and part of a woman, unite and literally become one new being. A new conception, a new person.
Though diminutive and insignificant to the ignorant and arrogant eye, this whole wholly unique person, held entirely in a space no more than 1/10th the width of a hair, is proportionately filled with more life than any living form. Everything is there and full of vitality.
Magnified Inside is a world of supreme technology and bewildering complexity. What we would be witnessing would be an object resembling an immense automated factory, a factory larger than a city and carrying out as many unique functions as all the manufacturing activities of man on earth. However, it would be a factory which would have one capacity unequalled in any of our own most advanced machines, for it is capable of replicating its entire structure within matter of a few hours!
In the journey from 1 cell to the 30 million cells on an adult person, this act of cell doubling will occur only 45 times and 41 of those doublings will occur before the person is born.
In the first 8 weeks after conception this incredible feat will occur 30 times, as a unique and never to be copied miniature person makes his prodigious journey through inner space. In just 8 weeks he will increase in length over 200 times and in weight more than a billion times, forming an exquisite tiny replica of an adult human being , who measures 1 ¼ inches long and weighs just 1/30th of an ounce. At 8 weeks he is fully formed, all systems in place and linked by a communications network conducting impulses at 300 feet per second.
After 8 weeks he is called a fetus as he waits and grows and learns in his hiding place. He moves with a delightful easy grace in his buoyant world, his comfort determining his position. He responds to pain and touch and cold. He drinks his amniotic fluid, more if it is artificially sweetened, less if it is given an unpleasant taste. He breathes and gets the hiccups and sucks his thumb. He wakes and sleeps and dreams. He will shield his eyes from a bright light, and loud rock music will cause him to cover his ears. His cries can be heard if an air bubble is injected into the womb and surrounds his head. He clearly senses the mood of his mother and other persons around her.
For many, all of this is one cosmic accident, and man is the supreme accident! But here at Nightlight we believe it is God’s Spirit who causes this amazing life and growth of each and every person, from a single microscopic speck in the womb.
It is why we are committed to the lives of all embryos donated to our Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program and to those remaining in frozen storage, awaiting the decision regarding their future.
Ponder anew this Christmas the good news that “God became flesh and dwelled among us!” He came to provide us all a way to be friends with God once more.