For many evangelical Christians, their commitment to finding homes for the world's orphans is something to celebrate — and they will this coming Sunday at hundreds of churches across America.
But the fifth annual Orphan Sunday comes as evangelicals face criticism that they're so focused on converting adopted children to Christianity that they've ignored adoption-related fraud and trafficking, and have not fully embraced alternatives that would help orphans find loving families in their home countries.
Some adoption advocates in evangelical circles angrily reject the criticisms. But the president of the coalition that organizes Orphan Sunday has urged his allies and supporters to take the critiques to heart even though he disputes some aspects of them. Alliance partners, he says, should support a broad range of orphan-care programs and avoid the temptation to view adoptive parents as saviors.