Most people think of adoption as just an alternative way to add another child to a family, and it is certainly that.
But there are times and situations when it can be a catalyst for many other ripples and effects.
It can raise awareness in the adopting family and community to the level of need, whether in domestic foster care or in foreign institutions and orphanages.
And it can bring hope to those foreign institutions and orphanages (and their societies) that the children who have been previously rejected can have a future where they are loved and cared for.
Julia and Rob Nalle adopted a boy with Arthrogryposis (a physical disability) three years ago. Here is their story about the ripples that their adoption has had so far.