Sunday Visit: Out of Here

This short video shares a truth that is often overlooked by many us who are passionate about orphan care.  We believe that children need families and are ready to fill that gap by adopting them.  In our rush to rescue the orphaned and abandoned, it is easy to forget our children’s birthfamilies.  We need to do all that we can to ensure that there actually is a gap, a need, for our children to be adopted.  As a birthmother and adoptive mother, this speaks loudly to me.  Please watch it:

I look at my Little Man who has a living mother, and my heart breaks for her.  He is amazing, brilliant, beautiful, and funny.  I know how much she loves him, and I wish there was a way for her to share in his life beyond the occasional emails we are able to exchange.  I wish that he had never left her arms and ended up in an orphanage – yet I am beyond thankful to be his mother.  She has told me the story of how this happened, and while she grieves, she believes she had no other option.

Oh sister, I know your heart and I’m sorry to be on the receiving end of your grief. One day I’ll bring your beautiful boy to visit you – it won’t be nearly enough – but I hope it will give you peace and comfort your heart.

You can read more about the Rileys’ work and ministry on their blog Rileys in Uganda.


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

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