Adoption – A Real Choice


The choice to adopt is a wonderful one and we are always looking for ways to promote adoption especially in the face of so much abortion.  The other angle to the decision to adoption is when couples decide to adopt babies from a foreign country who are disabled in some way and therefore less likely to be adopted at all.  This is exactly what the American actor, Jim Caviezel and his wife, Kerri have done.  Jim starred as Christ in The Passion and has always been unafraid to express his Catholic faith and prolife views which is such a breath of fresh air in Hollywood where actors go with what’s expected of them no matter the morality of the situation. reported his adoption like this,

Their first adopted child, Bo, came to the Caviezels after a traumatic first five years of life. The little boy had a brain tumor and had been abandoned before he was taken in by an orphanage and subsequently adopted by his loving parents. Bo is a remarkably boisterous child and with the love he has received from Jim and Kerri it is hard to believe that just a few short years ago he was struggling to survive in a hostile environment.

Also five years old at the time of her adoption, the Caviezels second child, Lynn, has a lot in common with her brother. She was also from China, and suffered from a brain tumor. Although the Caviezels were originally offered a healthy infant, they knew that the young girl’s chances for finding a loving adoptive home were slimmer and so they welcomed her into their family.

Caring for children with special medical needs is a challenge that many doctors recommend be avoided by opting for abortion. But the Caviezels stand as witnesses that beautiful families can be formed out of unexpected and imperfect circumstances, such as medical problems that require much love and care to overcome.

When asked how becoming a father had affected him, Caviezel told Catholic Digest, “Even though they’re adopted, it’s as strong as any instinct. That’s what blew me away. I always thought if I adopted that I wouldn’t have the same feeling [as I would] if they were genetically my own children. Nothing could be further from the truth.”



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