All-American Michael Oher went from the streets as a 15-year-old son of a crack addict to potential NFL Rookie of the Year on the love and dedication of an adoptive family that wouldn’t let him fail. The movie that tells their story hits theaters in time for National Adoption Day—and recognition that about 130,000 Michael Ohers are waiting for a family to adopt them | Amy Henry
“More important than all the new socioeconomic status, Oher knew for the first time in his life that he was loved.”
“Sean Tuohy hopes the film can lead to discussion of how inner-city public schools pass kids through classes and grade levels when they are failing: ‘Our system is set up to guarantee failure for those kids. I don’t know how to solve it.’ Sure, Michael’s size and athleticism make him unusual, but that’s the point: ‘If the most obvious success in the city of Memphis can get passed over, imagine who else is too.’”
“Often adoptions take up to four years to complete, even though large numbers of children, especially older ones like Oher, languish in foster care. The Tuohys have started the Memphis-based Michael Oher Foundation with home for just those kinds of kids.”
“At the end of [the book] The Blind Side, Lewis writes that Oher’s success story came about by way of a series of “social accidents.” The Tuohys disagree. They know it was no accident that Oher was born with the genetic potential to become the perfect left tackle. It wasn’t “chance” that led him to the doorstep of a man who had spent his childhood starving in the projects of New Orleans and now has the connections and resources to help a young athlete . . . ‘People call it a fluke, but this is not by chance,’ said Leigh Anne. ‘The Lord takes us down paths in our lives that are often hard to understand and we certainly wish we knew where this was all going but it is clear to me that He has a plan for this movie and it is bigger than we are.’”
Together for Adoption is committed to mobilizing Christians to care for the 143,000,000 vulnerable and orphaned children in the world. Check out the audio from our recent adoption conference.
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