1. What led you to begin the adoption/foster care process?
My sister lived in Africa for five years and was a foster care parent. During that time we fell in love with the children that she fostered during our Skype conversations. We felt like God had given us a heart for adoption.
2. What is the greatest blessing from your experience?
Probably the greatest blessing in our adoption journey has been the opportunity to love outside of our comfort zone. It’s been a joy to open our hearts and home to more children and learn from them and their story.
3. What are some of the challenging aspects?
Some challenges have been having to learn how to parent a new way. It’s not the same having adopted children and so you can’t parent the same.
4. How can the church support you?
I think the greatest support is prayer and then offering to watch the kids while the parents and /or biological children get to do something together. Adoption isn’t just new life but also a death to what was. That can affect the biological children and so it’s important to make sure they understand that while one season may be finished another beautiful season awaits.
5. What advice would you give others, who are interested in pursuing adoption or foster care?
I would say to not adopt because you think it would be a good idea but do it because God has called you to it. There are many amazing aspects to adoption but the commitment is the most important part. Feelings come and go but the commitment will keep you going!