Becoming Foster Parents

A new blog deserves big news, so here it is: In 2016, Mike and I hope to become foster parents! Fostering and adopting has been placed on our hearts and we feel called to pursue this adventure this year. To us, there is no clearer picture of the Lord’s love for us than foster care and adoption. The Bible says that we are all adopted. Paul writes, “He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves” (Ephesians 1:5-6). God chose us – and what a blessing that is! We feel called to help children in need know what it’s like to feel chosen.

Speaking of need, that is why we are doing this. As most of you know, I’m obsessed with children. And I want to be a mom. Like yesterday. Praying for my husband and our future family, I could not stop thinking about how many children are in need of a home. Fostering kept coming up: on TV, in the news, at church, in my devotionals. I chalked it up to coincidence, until God started opening and closing some doors (that’s a story for another time). At our first informational meeting, we learned that in our county there are 500 foster children, and 150 foster homes. Need. It’s as simple as that. These children need a home, they need to feel loved, and they need to feel safe. We have a home, two extra bedrooms, and a whole lotta love to give.

Will this be hard? Yes. Are we a little crazy? Yes. How will you love them and let them go? I have no idea. But someone has to. There is something so beautiful about the foster system: it’s all about reunification of families. The goal is to take something that is broken and redeem it. Another picture of the Gospel. Becoming foster parents will give us the opportunity to spread Christ’s love not only to children, but also to their families. While we would love to one day adopt (whether it be through the foster care system or not), our first prayer is for God to heal families and bring them back together.

Something I want to make clear: We are in the very early stages of this process. Things could go wrong; we have mounds of paperwork, home studies, interviews, and lots more to get through. It’s a long road ahead of us. However, we are trusting God through it all. Mike and I talked a LOT about whether or not we would make this process “public” or if we would wait until we were certified to let people know. In an effort to be as transparent and open as possible, we decided to not only share our journey – but to document it. We know that we will need love, support, and prayer from our friends and family throughout this process. We also want people to be able to learn about the foster care system through us.

Feel free to ask any questions that you may have. Can’t promise I’ll know the answer – but I can try 🙂

“We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

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