Broadland Church is hosting an adoption workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for couples, individuals and families interested in learning more about adoption.
Anyone interested in adoption is invited to attend. The event is being held in observance of National Adoption Month in November. Here is a story from a Huron family who adopted — although they choose to keep their family and children anonymous, they wanted to share the joy they found in adoption.
Adoption is something that I had always wanted to do. We talked about it but never acted on it until one day I spoke with someone at a school function who had recently completed an adoption. She told me that if it was something I had a heart for, to do it! We did it.
I started looking into adopting what are called Waiting Children. Waiting Children are children that have been placed in foster care and are considered “hard” to place. Waiting Children can be in a sibling group, over the age of 3 and are loving children often overlooked when considering adoption.
We contacted an adoption agency and let them know we were open to “Waiting Children,” and they were so helpful! We started the process. A home study was done to insure we had a safe place for the children, we needed to have a background check, we needed a couple of letters from friends or family that stated we were or would be good parents. We attended a couple of classes about how the process flows and we were done. Painless and free! The entire process to adopt a waiting child/children is free! Lots of families need to know that. Everyone associates money with adoption and that is just not the case. Within four months we were done and were getting referrals of children. We had no cost, and were reimbursed for any cost we did incur.
We adopted a sibling group of four — three boys and a girl. They were ages 3, 4, 5 and 7 when they came to live with us. We were able to spend some time with them to make sure they were a good fit for our family prior to saying yes. We were guided and supported throughout the whole process.
We have had them for five years now and I cannot imagine life without them. If you have always wondered whether or not it is for you, have had that little pull of the heartstrings, then I strongly encourage you to research it, talk about it, and God will lead you in the right direction.
I can’t say in words how rewarding this experience has been. It breaks my heart to know there are so many children waiting for someone to call them theirs, someplace to call home and someplace to spend all their holidays with for the rest of their life.
Google “Adopt Waiting Children,” almost every state has a photo listing of children who are in foster care waiting to be adopted. You don’t have to be rich or married or young.
You just have to have love in your heart and the desire to share that with children whom may never experience that without you. To date there are 3,054 children and more than 558 children in sibling groups waiting to find a forever home.
Those interested in learning more about adoption Waiting Children are encouraged to attend the meeting; call 605-354-6733; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also check out the website, Adoptuskids.org.For the complete article see the 11-02-2012 issue.
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