We're not. We're ordinary people.
I'll admit that we do have a bit of experience with disability and behavioral issues. We have a 4 year old son who has autism.
Having a child with a disability/challenge doesn't make anyone special. Choosing to adopt one doesn't make you special, either. All it means is you've chosen not to let fear rule your choices. You've chosen to love a child and accept them into your life.
Take a look at these children and tell me what pops into your mind when you see them. Sad, hurt, sick, scary, and unattractive. These are words that have been used to describe these and other pictures of disabled, orphan children.
Now I'll tell you what I see... what many of us who are adopting (or have adopted) these children see in these photos. I see soft hands and chubby cheeks. I see potential. I see a skinny, starving child who has survived thanks to her strength and will to live. I see a scared little girl who would be smilin if she had a hug and a bit of encouragement. And finally... I see a bright happy smile glowing in a small face. Despite her issues... she's smiling and her beautiful little soul shines through.
Those are the things I see.
Now I want you to look at a pair of pictures. One is a visa photo taken of a sick, starving child just before she was brought home. Some of you may recognize her.
Now take a look at the next photo. It was taken of her after being home
Me? Not so much.
You see... I know that the child you see in the second photo was there all along... just waiting to come out. Just waiting for a mama, dada, brothers, and sisters to help her show her light to the world. I also know that the children in the other photos will bloom and shine, too. They're just waiting for their families to help them do that.
The next time I (or one of your other friends) posts a picture of an orphan for you to see. Take a moment to look... REALLY look at that child. Look past the tears, the scars... Look past the fear.
Take a look and see a child who is waiting to bloom. Waiting to shine. Waiting to love and be loved. Then ask yourself. Are they waiting for me?