Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Why We Chose Foster Care Adoption

Our hearts have ached for children and young adults for years. We have helped with the youth group at our local church for four years and have seen emotions range from joy to sadness. We have taken youth members hands and walked their paths with them, encouraging them and most importantly listening to them. We have prayed for them, laughed with them, and cried with them. The biggest thing we have learned through this journey is that children and young adults just need to be wanted, loved, and cherished.

Last March, I (KellySue) went on a missions trip to India. Our group spend a couple of days visiting two orphanages. The children's faces glowed with joy and love filled the room as they sang, danced, and played. I felt an overwhelming desire and call from God to adopt yet again.

A couple of months later I finished an internship in Chicago and went back home to my wonderful husband, Brenton. By the end of our first month we found adoption becoming part of our conversation. We spoke to both domestic adoption agencies and foster care agencies. After prayer and discussion, we decided to choose foster care. My husband said to me, "Parents are waiting for babies and children are waiting for parents." As I soaked in these words I knew he was right. My desire to raise a child from birth was a selfish desire. We were in this for the waiting children not to fulfill our own dream of the future, but God's plan for us. Please know that we do not think that families who have their own children or adopt infants are selfish. God's plan is different for each of us and we truly believe that his plan for us is foster care adoption. To go against His plan for us would be selfish. Please consult God and follow His plan in whatever way He leads you to start/raise your family.  

We chose foster care, because we want to show love to those who do not feel wanted, loved, or needed. We truly believe that each child is a child of God and should be cherished.

1 Thessalonians 2:8
So we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.

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