So within the last 3 days I have once again been put in the Foster Care/Adopt field. I am professionally out of that now, but my desire in that area I think is God given.
Fostering to adopt is wonderful. A family gets to have the child in their home at first, with no promise the child will be staying. (usually nobody knows at this point). THEN....the child stays for weeks/months...each "trying on" the other. Parents are exasperated, Children are adaptable--missing their parents, yet relieved they are being taken care of.
Then comes the day....the parents parental rights have been terminated, and the decision on where the child is to be placed comes up. In only ONE case, in my years of working with Foster Families did the Foster family NOT be able to adopt the child that became theirs in their hearts. Each foster family would reply with "You are NOT taking MY CHILD to anyone else.". The one family that DID let someone else "take" their foster child worked diligently with the new parents for a smooth transition, and they felt THEIR calling was to get the screwed up kids, and help straighten them out, so the adoptive parents would have an easier time with it. They were amazing.
More on this later...I'm done for the day...wish I had something to snack on and drink but this old mother Hubbard's cupboards are BARE.
Him. Families are important to God...Create your own! ADOPT!