Aaron and Rachel Halbert are pro-life activists and devout evangelicals. Now their decision to adopt black children had been brought to spotlight after Aaron wrote about his experience on The Washington Post.
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Both Aaron and Rachel have been missionaries for quite some time now. Their experiences stationed in other countries exposed them to different races and people of color. The couple met and bonded over their religious views and mutual desire to adopt one day. As soon as they were married, conceiving a child proved to be difficult so they ultimately set out to accomplish their goal to adopt.
Upon visiting an agency, they had specified that they only wanted non-Caucasian children. They eventually went on to have five, three of which are embryos.
“Knowing that it is often more challenging to find adoptive homes in the United States for non-Caucasian children, we informed the agency that we were willing to accept any child except a fully Caucasian child,” Aaron wrote on his post. “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 grew up in Honduras. He stated that he still felt connected with the people despite his appearance and it contributed with his desire to start a multiracial family himself.
The couple adopted two children first, and they did not expect how much this experience would shape their lives as it is two different things to believe in a certain conviction and another to act upon it. Aaron even shared one of Rachel’s most heartwarming stories, wherein she sought help from black couples when it came to maintaining her children’s hair.
“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.
After a while, the couple came upon the National Embryo Donation Center. The Christian-owned institution accepts discarded or excess embryos after the donors have finished implanting another one. With the logic that destroying these embryos technically means throwing away a human life, both Rachel and Aaron decided to “adopt” one.
After implanting it in Rachel, the embryo ended up diving resulting to triplets. So their brood quickly grew from two to five African-American children in all.
Unfortunately, there are still some people out there who choose to be judgmental or prejudiced. The Halberts reside in the Southern part of America and have gotten bad looks from others.
“We knew, especially in the South, that a white couple with non-white children would draw a myriad of different reactions. There will always be the older white woman in Walmart who stared at us with sheer disgust, or the African-American mother who looked at us and just shook her head,” Aaron shared. But on a positive note, the majority of the population have been more accepting. He adds, “However, there was also the young black girl who wept when we told her this little boy with her skin color was our son, and the older white doctor who lovingly prayed over him and held him so tenderly”
Overall, the experience has been enlightening for the family. Aaron and Rachel had shared their story in hopes that they would continue to inspire others out there to do the same.