We have a little something to share...
We are growing by "two feet". Yes folks, we are ready to add to our brood! Kamron and I are signed up for the next round of foster care classes that start in January!!!! *SQUEAL* Our hope is to adopt a five to seven year old African American girl from the foster care system to round out our little litter. That would make two boys, two girls. Two adopted children, two biological. Two brown, two white. It all seems very zen, don't you think? :-)
My heart is still all wrapped up in the Congo and the children there. However, going through foster care just seems like the right move for OUR family for many reasons (both personal and practical). Even though we are not going to be adopting from Congo, I will NOT give up on the orphans in DRC. A massive part of my heart is there (and will always be there) and we will continue to raise funds for those left behind and for other adopting families walking that road. So for us, right now, this is absolutely the right path and we can't wait to get started on it. I'm so giddy about gaining a daughter that I crack a big grin every time I think about it!
I'm afraid that this announcement may be a little premature because it could be a looooong time before we get finished with all of our training and actually get a placement. We are hoping for a placement whose case is likely to end in termination of parental rights and that may mean that we wait a long time after we are approved. That may also mean that for a period of time, we will be foster parents to little ones who need a temporary place instead of adoptive parents- and that is a-okay! We are trying to be flexible and learn as we go since this frontier is all very new to us.
I know that this is going to open us up to hearing every horror story from foster care that ever was- every case of how the child was returned to an awful situation. Every case of out of control kids. We know the risks. This is something that we have prayed over, researched and thought about for a long time and we are EXCITED about it! So excited in fact, that I couldn't wait until January when we start the classes or way down the road when we have a placement to tell the world! I kinda want to shout it from the rooftops! I may just do that- if you live in my neighborhood, listen for me :-)
Thanks for continuing to be a part of the story of how our family grows!