I can't but think of how sadly true this often is for many children. They are given up on. They are given away, only to become distant thoughts in the back of a parent's conscience only to resurface when guilt weighs them down for a passing moment. Then there are those who have done this to give a child a better life as they were unequipped or unprepared to take care of that child.
In principle though, I experience discomfort when I hear that some are "given up" as if it is surrender, or they are forgotten. It could be far worse, it could be abortion. But is the relinquishing of parental responsibility similar to that of terminating the life of the child? Ever grow up knowing you have a father you don't know, or mother you never have seen with your own eyes?
No sermon illustration intended here, but I am grateful for the Lord. For His word says,
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ"
Those who are of God have hope in the love of the Father, who adopts us away from abandoned families, hopeless futures, disparaging lives, and eternal damnation.