Excerpted from the May/June 2016 issue of Christian Woman Magazine, this article discusses one family’s journey to becoming a foster family.
Our fostering and adoption adventure started when our daughter came to ask for a baby sister. We answered a definite “No.” We were homeschooling our children and maxed out in the areas of time and energy, and well, three just seemed like the right number. Our determined daughter quickly suggested adoption. Her response to our second “no” was that she would pray about it and informed us she already had her sister’s name picked out.
Fast forward seven years. Our oldest son had graduated from college, our second son was attending college, and our daughter was finishing high school and preparing to leave for college. Because we had unequivocally enjoyed the relationships with our children, we couldn’t imagine having an empty nest. That is when we signed up for STARS (Specialized Training, Assessment, Resources & Support), which is required for families pursuing foster care or adoption of children in the custody of the state of Missouri, as well as most other states. I imagine you can guess the rest of this story.