Those who are more supportive of domestic adoption urge that these kids are floating in the foster care system, some (many?)suffering from abuse, and all desperately missing the permanent connection of a forever family.
Those who are more supportive of international adoption simply point to the fact that if the children in orphanages are not adopted, they may simply die. Food, water, clothing, and shelter for the millions of orphans around the world are not "givens." Kids who "age out" of the orphanage will have lives on the streets, girls likely victims of sex trafficking.
This is by no means an attempt at a comprehensive view of the orphan crisis. I'm just starting to get my feet wet in this arena. I'm just sharing the bits that I've learned so far.
So who's right? Domestic or international?
The answer, we're convinced, is both. There is no wrong way to care for orphans other than to do nothing at all. No, not everyone is in a position to bring an orphan into their home. But you can help out a foster family. Financially support a family that is adopting. Send gifts to an orphanage. Pray. Whatever you do, do something.
"Pure and lasting religion before God our Father means that we must care for orphans..."
We just felt the Lord leading us to adopt internationally. We prayed and asked for His wisdom, we researched both domestic and international adoptions. We prayed some more, and we both felt at peace with choosing to adopt internationally.