Saturday, August 22, 2009

Adoption - Introducing Grant Gunderson

Grant Gunderson - pictured at 6 days old

Grant Gunderson was placed for adoption with me and my wife on Friday, August 14, 2009. The adoption process has been one of many reasons why I have not been able to devote a great deal of time to Riches For Good in recent months. Although this is a diversion from topics related to global poverty, I thought I'd take a moment to share my joy with everyone.

I certainly view adopting Grant as a way of spending my riches for good. And indeed, it cost a small fortune to adopt him, though the price was more reasonable through LDS Family Services than through many other adoption agencies. Birth mothers need not be LDS (otherwise known as Mormon) to place a child through LDS Family Services, but adoptive couples must be LDS to adopt through the agency. To help others who may not be LDS learn more about adoption, foster care, and orphans, I'm listing several top-rated charities listed on Charity Navigator:

JAFCO Children's Foundation
: Jewish adoption and foster care
Coptic Orphans: Christian organization working with orphaned children in Egypt
All God's Children: dedicated to the orphaned and disadvantaged children of Honduras
Love Without Boundaries: changing the lives of orphaned and impoverished children in China
Half the Sky Foundation: nurturing care for China's orphaned children
Place of Hope: faith-based adoption, foster care, and child welfare
VisionTrust International: orphaned and neglected children in Latin America and Asia
Kids Alive International: rescuing orphans and vulnerable children
Orphanage Outreach: providing opportunities to orphaned, abandoned, and disadvantaged children
Children of the Nations: provides holistic, Christ-centered care for orphaned and destitute children
Kidsave: working to move older children out of orphanages and foster care and into permanent, loving families
Smoky Mountain Children's Home: foster care, adoption, etc.
Mission Without Borders - USA: working with abandoned/orphaned children
Children's Shelter of Cebu: care for Filipino children until adopted or reunited with their parents
Shaohannah's Hope: helping Christian families reduce the financial barrier to adoption

1 comment:

Maren Hansen said...

We are SO happy for you--he is simply delicious looking. So sweet. Congratulations and here's to the sweet midnight bondings that will take place over the next few months!