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Reader Opinion: Adoption

In the Friday, April 21, Religion section, Rev. Sam Anderson gave a heartfelt plea for Christians to love the "least among us" by emptying the waiting list of children longing for a safe and caring home by opening our own homes for foster care.

In the Friday, April 21, Religion section, Rev. Sam Anderson gave a heartfelt plea for Christians to love the "least among us" by emptying the waiting list of children longing for a safe and caring home by opening our own homes for foster care.

With the law changing in Minnesota over a year ago to place children where it is in their best interest, which in many cases means adoption.

When a child is adopted they do no become "second class" citizens. Adoption gives a child stability and security and the foster parents rights and responsibilities pertain to that child.

All who proclaim Christianity are adopted, we are not second class citizens, Romans 8:14-17. It was and is adoption that rescued us from a life of sorrow, anger, shame and guilt.

Some will say, "I've raised my family, I'm too old, I've done my job as a parent." My wife and I had the same opinions until we became foster parents to three siblings and then five years ago we chose to adopt them, they are our children. The best treatment for boredom is having an 11-, 14- and 16-year-old in you home. I'm 74-years-old and when I forgot things my 11-year-old reminds me.

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God bless you Sam Anderson for bringing to the forefront the needs of "the least of these."

The second part of Sam's scripture reading, "Anyone who causes a child to go astray, it would be best of a large millstone be tied around his neck and cast into the sea."

If you hear that soft voice telling you to contact child protection about taking a child into your home; in a safe, loving and stable environment, you will be doing the Lord's work for "the least of these my brethren."

Ron Brusven

Brainerd

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