~Our Family, June 2013~
For about the past year, I have written several times of the great need for families for children waiting to be adopted from foster care. And that is very true, there is a need, but we are beginning to see that maybe there isn't a great need for a family like ours.
We are at the point now where we are inquiring about various kids we see on the photolistings, and almost every time, the child we ask about has some big need that prevents them from being a good match for our family. Things like, "cannot be contained in a classroom", "s*xually provocative behavior", "chronic suicidal ideation" or "history of false accusations of s*xual abuse" are some of the descriptions we've seen. Some are on as many as 6 prescription medications for mental health issues. Does your heart not just break for them? They have been through so much suffering to be at the point they're at now. Placing them in with our boys would just not be wise. These kids largely need families with no other children, or older children. If that describes you, maybe you're up for a challenge? (:
Of the few kids that are available that have more mild needs, there is an abundance of willing families ready to adopt them. One of the children we submitted our homestudy for had 20 families interested. Girls under age 10 are apparently in high demand.
So where does that leave us? This week we sent our paperwork in to the local adoption attorney that helped us with the adoption of AJ, to be presented to birthmoms who are looking for a family for their child, probably a newborn. So we have to be prepared for any girl age newborn through 13! We don't know what God's plans are for us, but we are hoping in Him. I posted this verse last time, but it just keeps running through my head-
Then you will know that I am the LORD;
those who hope in me
will not be disappointed.