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Fertility Fact Friday

Book Review

Recently, I have been contacted by authors to review their newly published books written about infertility and adoption. One thing I love about having this online ministry is how it connects you to others.  Other women who have the same heart and goal: To reach those suffering with infertility with the message and love of Jesus Christ.

The two books I’m diving into are  Called To Adoption, A Christian’s Guide to Answering the Call, by Mardie Caldwell with Heather Featherston and Still Waiting (A Bible Study) by Elizabeth Robertson.  Both of these books are chock full of good information and inspiration. I’ve just started Called to Adoption and I can already tell it will be a go-to resource for me, and I’m sure helpful to anyone seeking the adoption route.  For those of you who lead an infertility support group, I encourage you to look into Still Waiting, a Bible Study for your group. I hope you will seek out these resources yourself and support the women behind them.

For today’s Fertility Fact Friday, I thought I’d post astounding statistics gathered from the U.S. and internationally listed in Called to Adoption, A Christian’s Guide to Answering the Call.

  • 80% of teen moms are on welfare
  • Over 50% of chldren raised by teen moms are reported to Child Protective Services.
  • Only 1.5% of teen mothers graduate from college by age 30.  And only 40% graduate high school.
  • Children raised without a father are twice as likely to quit school and four times as likely to need behavioral help.
  • Children of teen parents are three times more likely to become teen parents themselves.

Internationally, the news about orphans is even worse:

  • 5,760 children become orphans every day.
  • Every 15 seconds, a child in Africa become an orphan due to AIDS.
  • Worldwide, there are over 143 million children in orphanages right now.
  • 10 to 15% of children raised in Eastern European orphanages commit suicide before the age of 18.
  • Every 2.2 seconds, an orphan ages out of the system with no family and no home.
  • In Russia, of those who age out, 60% of girls become prostitutes, 70% of boys will become hardened criminals.

To say the least these stats are overwhelming.  Some of you reading this post may be presently considering adoption. Even though I haven’t completed reading the book yet, I feel this informative book may answer some questions you just might have about adoption. The most important thing; pray and be in agreement with your partner about adoption.  God will lead you, keep your requests before Him.

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