Ever since we have announced that we're adopting Jackson, we have been asked (by people who I am sure mean well) several times:
"Why don't you just adopt a child from the U.S.?"
"Why go 'over there' when there are so many kids 'over here'?"
The answer is: Because that's where our son is. Seriously. That's it. We love this little boy. We want this little boy. It's not about where he is. We feel as though God has lead us to Jackson. This is about giving him the family that he needs. An orphanage is no place for any child. See, in his country, children with special needs (like Down syndrome) are given up at birth. It's believed that there is no place for them in society. They are put into orphanages and if they are not adopted by the age of four, they are transferred to a mental institution. Many of them die in the first year. No child should live that way, but it's the cold hard facts. I could never live with myself if we could have done something to save Jackson and we didn't. If he got transferred to a place like that, I couldn't handle it. I have a mama's heart for him. I love him just as much as I love my daughters but I feel a kind of desperation for him that I don't have to feel for them. He is 2 and a half years old. In a little over a year, that gorgeous, capable boy could be transferred to a mental institution.
And that is why we are crossing the ocean for him.
That is why we are working hard to get our paperwork together.
That is why we have to fundraise. This is truly a life or death situation.
If not us, then who?