Just a week and a half ago, I was speaking at a conference to a group of adoptive families. All of them were there because they wanted to learn more about how they can help others walk this adoption road. During the time I was talking, I told them that when I look now at what I knew 12 years ago when we started the process, my first thought is, “Boy was I naïve’!”
I still run into that feeling as I talk to people, read about issues and try to remain as knowledgeable as possible on all of the issues facing children, particularly vulnerable children in this world.
The many face of vulnerable can be truly overwhelming.
- They can be parents attempting to help their children heal from trauma they suffered before joining their family.
- They can be siblings attempting to heal from the trauma they suffered after a new family member joined their family.
- They can be the poverty stricken – literally all over the world.
- They can be the victims of sex trafficking and their families – I can’t even imagine what the girls from Nigeria and their families have and are going through.
- They can be the victims of injustice.
- They can be the victims of racial discrimination.
- They can be the victims of trauma and abandonment – and the struggles that leads to which many of them will heal from but will never fully get over.
- and the list could go on and on for pages and pages.
The many faces of vulnerable can almost be paralyzing. There’s so much and the problem is so big and we’re so comfortable in our middle class homes and our middle class lives.
The Vulnerable Project is going to be adjusting it’s focus a bit. Our goal is going to be to not only motivate people to do something about the vulnerable of the world but to provide specific structures, specific contexts, specific ideas that people can do so that if you want to “do something,” you can do something.
And together, if we all do something, and we all do it in a focused, coherent and relatively organized manner, we can make a difference.
So, stay tuned, there’s a lot of stuff happening and a lot of ideas “in the mix.”
Thanks for caring about the vulnerable. Thanks for caring about the children of the world.