I know this is likely a sensitive topic, and I'm not sure I've put it in the right sub-forum, but I am curious about this issue. I know that there is something of a large movement to adopt Ethiopian orphans, for instance, since Ethiopia is often equated with poverty and starvation in the minds of Westerners. So many good-hearted and well-meaning people have adopted from Ethiopia and other places to try to offer the children more opportunities in life. That's a wonderful thing, of course, but what happens to the child's traditional religion, in those cases when the adoptive parents aren't of the same faith?
Honestly, although I know about the various organizations involved in care for Coptic orphans, I hadn't really thought of this aspect of adoption before now. (I don't know why; my own father was adopted!) But earlier today on a different message board I came across a question from a Roman Catholic about how to have her Ethiopian child raised in the Roman Catholic church. After successfully suppressing the part of my brain that just screams "NOOOOOOOO!" really loudly at reading things that seem obviously wrong, I began to wonder: What is an appropriate view of these matters? Certainly loving people who are capable and acceptable parents (to secular authorities) must be seen to be a good fit regardless of the child's religion, but I figure the various Orthodox churches must have something to say on this. I can't imagine it's too positive about having a child raised outside of the Church, but I don't know what (if anything) has been said or done to address this situation. What do you all think? Can anyone point me to any statements from the churches, particularly in Ethiopia or other places where this might be an issue? (Does this occur with Coptic orphans?)