‘How would you [make orphanages useless]?’

‘I would merely enlighten the hearts of childless people as to their privileges.’

‘Which are?’

‘To be fathers and mothers to the fatherless and motherless.’

‘I have often wondered why more of them did not adopt children. Why don’t they?’

‘For various reasons which a real of child nature would blow to the winds — all comprised in this, that such a child would not be their own child. As if ever a child could be their own! That a child is God’s is of rather more consequence than whether it is born of this or that couple. Their hearts would surely be glad when they went into heaven to have the angels of the little ones that always behold the face of their Father coming round them, though they were not exactly their father and mother.’

~ George MacDonald in Robert Falconer