Unfortunately, adoption can cost a lot of money. And when Willie and Korie Robertson tried to adopt their son, Will, they didn’t have the money for it.
“We said, ‘We’re good for it – we’ll come back,’” Willie said at the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s Angels in Adoption Gala. He and Korie were honored there earlier this year. “We’ve paid it, by the way.”
Despite the hilarious moments throughout the show, both Duck Dynasty stars take adoption very seriously. They have a “no child left behind” mentality.
“There shouldn’t be kids without homes,” Korie said. “It just shouldn’t happen.”
She has said before that all you need to adopt is pretty much an extra bed.
“It’s just about having an extra bedroom, or an extra bed for a kid…” she said. “And having the heart to say you know we can do this; we can love a child that’s not our own.”
And she believes more people, especially Christians, should be on the frontlines of adoption. Whether it’s adopting or supporting those who do, we should all pitch in.
“[Adoption is] important because of awareness,” she said. “I think a lot of the time it’s something that we don’t know. We don’t talk about it, so we don’t really know the need for adoption.”
The United States has about 100,000 children just waiting for parents to adopt them.
Because of this and their family values, both Willie and Korie are on the board of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.
At the gala when Korie accepted the honor, she began crying. She remembered how loving and welcoming her parents’ home was. And she remembered the moment she and Willie adopted Will when he was just five weeks young.
“From the moment we found out about him, he was ours,” she said to the crowd. “I swear, I had labor pains the night before I went and picked him up at the foster home he was living at. He’s our child, just like our biological children.”
And as we know from Duck Dynasty, family is the most important thing to the Robertsons, even if it means adopting a child when you don’t have the funds.
“I’ve done a lot of cool things in the past couple of years, I’ve been to Super Bowls, I’ve met Presidents – but the best decision we ever made – that made the biggest impact on our life was the adoption of our son Will,” Willie said.
And throughout the adoption process, Korie said they had to keep reminding themselves that this would all point to a greater purpose.
“This is about pointing people to God,” she said. “I’m hoping that we are life in this world, and hopefully we’ve done that.”
Money or no money, they were determined to bring Will home.