When God’s Plans are Bigger: Foster to Adopt {Adoption Awareness Month}

by GfG on November 25, 2014 · 1 comment

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Every week in November I will have a guest post on adoption, to celebrate Adoption Awareness Month.  These posts will highlight different aspects and different journeys.  Today, another sweet friend shares her story. God’s plan was bigger than hers!

Adoption was always something we wanted to do. From the moment my husband and I started talking about a future together, adoption was always something we desired.

God blessed us with four children birthed from my body.  After that, we started to feel that God was leading us to look into adoption.  There are many options to choose from.  We chose to do foster to adopt. The process is very intrusive and time consuming, but this is what God was leading us to do.

After a year of classes, paper work, interviews, and home visits, we were licensed for two children.  All of us were excited to see what God was going to do.

We had our first placement of two little girls, a newborn and her 18 month old sister.   They stayed with us for a month and were then reunited with family members.  Their departure was sudden and really affected my biological children.

My husband and I sat down with our four children, discussing what happened and the possibility that we could have other children in our home only temporarily.  They understood and wanted to continue.  They were as excited about adding to our family and my husband and I were.

During this time between placements we helped another foster mom out by watching two of her foster children over night.  They were two months and 13 months old.  As I got to talking with this foster mom I found out that they were not fostering a sibling group of two, but a sibling group of four.  They were just starting to look for a foster-to-adopt home for these children.

God immediately started placing these children on my heart.  My husband and I talked about the possibility of welcoming four more children into our home.  We prayed and started taking the necessary steps to get relicensed for four children.  We met with their CASA worker, attorney, and case worker.

When the children were transferred into our home they were: almost 4 months, 14 months, 2, and just turned 4. What a walk of faith we had and it was only the beginning.

ZFam 2 Foster to Adopt

 

About two weeks after they were placed in our home, God provided a new job for my husband which meant a move several hours away.  Our desire was to adopt these children if we could.  We were always honest with our caseworker, and told her our situation.  My husband would be moving in four months.  I could stay behind with all the children for a few months after that if we needed to.

During all this time, we were trusting God.  He was going to have to work out all the details for us.  One month after my husband started his new job, the birth parents relinquished their rights. We agreed to a semi-open adoption, where we have written communication with the birth parents.  Almost 4 months after that, the adoption was complete.

We never thought we would be a family of ten, but God is good!  It has now been a little over two years since the adoption was finalized. It has been (and still is) an amazing story of God’s grace and faithfulness.

I’m so very glad He lead the way and opened our hearts and home to four, instead of our plan for two.  His ways are perfect.  And better.  And bigger.

ZFam Foster to Adopt

Do you know any families who have fostered to adopt?  Is that something you are willing to consider?

ZFam Collage 4 Foster to Adopt

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