A white evangelical couple told the amazing story of how – and why – they chose to adopt five black children, three as embryos, Thursday.
And they agreed not to adopt white children, knowing that white kids are more likely to be chosen by prospective parents. It was a decision that was to transform their lives in the most heartwarming way imaginable.
Having difficulty conceiving naturally, they eventually went to an adoption agency in Mississippi, and told workers there they only wanted to adopt ‘non-Caucasian’ children.
‘We did this with the deeply held conviction that if the Lord wanted us to have a fully Caucasian child my wife would conceive naturally,’ Aaron explained.
The pair adopted two African-American kids, and found their lives changing in a magical way.
‘There is something beautiful and enriching being the only white face sitting and chatting with some of my African-American friends as my son gets his hair cut on a Saturday morning,’ Aaron said.
‘There is also something wonderful in the relationship that is built as my wife asks a black friend on Facebook how to care for our little biracial daughter’s hair.
The Halberts hadn’t intended to have any more children, but then they heard about the National Embryo Donation Center, a Christian embryo bank that ‘saves’ the excess frozen embryos that are created during a couple’s IVF treatment.
Usually those embryos – which comprise just a few cells – are destroyed or given to science once their biological donors successfully implant one.
But Christian centers accept ‘donations’ that can then be ‘adopted’ by couples having trouble conceiving.