Aaron and Rachel have always been passionate to adopt kids, even before they got married. They knew they wanted to adopt black kids. They faced a lot of problems in this regard as they knew adopting white children is quite easy. This is how Aaron explained it:
“This past Sunday, my gorgeous wife – a white evangelical, like me — gave birth to our beautiful African-American triplet daughters whom we adopted as embryos. These sweet girls will hopefully soon be coming home to meet their 3-year-old African-American brother and 2-year-old biracial sister, both of whom we adopted as infants. The normalcy of this paragraph is something I have come to take for granted. Yet what seems to us to be the logical outcome of being pro-life is still something that to others often needs much explaining”.
Aaron and his wife wanted to adopt black kids and they felt a calling to provide a home for a child who may otherwise not get to have a family. Aaron and Rachel, both Presbyterian missionaries, visited an adoption agency in Mississippi. They adopted two African-American kids, one boy, and one girl. Their unconventional family was met by outsiders with both racism and acceptance.
The Halberts never intended on having any more children, until they heard about the National Embryo Donation Center. Usually, excess frozen embryos are destroyed or given to science, but Christian centers accept “donations” that can be “adopted” by couples having trouble conceiving. Since Aaron and Rachel wanted their two adopted children to fit in with their new siblings, Rachel had two African-American twin embryos implanted.