Friday, May 21, 2010

We Have a Plan (for now)

This morning, I had a wonderful phone conversation with our social worker, who is fantastic. She answered questions Chris and I have been throwing around concerning foster care adoption, where we're most needed, etc. For our next child, we have been talking about adopting an infant through foster care, but we don't think we could really handle dealing with drug and alcohol exposure at this point. So we wanted to know if there is still a need for us as fost/adopt parents. Our social worker told me that because we will take an African American or African American mixed infant, we are a big deal! She said that is their biggest need...parents who can adopt AA children.

We've been praying that God would show us where we're needed and have been really looking for NEED so I thought it was really interesting that our social worker used the terms she did...their "biggest need" is families like us, they're constantly looking for families for AA children, finding a family who can take an AA child is a big deal, etc.

I guess it's because there aren't a lot of fost/adopt parents in California who themselves are black, and most non-black families looking to adopt want to adopt a child who looks like them and is their same ethnicity. We think it'd be nice to have at least one more black child so Ephraim can have that in common with someone in our family and can look like someone else in our family. Our social worker had previously advised us to consider this for Ephraim's sake. We are open to any ethnicity, but since there seems to be a need among AA children, it sounds like we'd be placed in that way since we're open to it.

So for now, that's what we're thinking God wants us to do. Apparently, it would probably take around a year to get a child placed with us so we're thinking we start the paperwork process in about 6 months so that we'd be okay if a child was placed with us sooner or even later.

We'll continue to pray. As my adoptive mom friend commented on my last post, God seems to always lead you to the exact child He wants you to parent, through closing and opening many doors. So we'll just follow God's lead and let Him give Ephraim the little brother or sister He desires.

5 comments:

Stephanie said...

How exciting for you guys! I bet Ephraim will love having a little brother or sister, especially someone he can relate to. Adoptive parents are so special and you guys are wonderful for giving these children a chance!

JMH85 said...

I am sooo passionate about this topic and I am so excited that you are considering this option. If you have not checked it out yet, The Dave Thomas Foundation is a great website about adopting from foster care. Adoption is such a wonderful thing.

Laurel Feierbach said...

Adoption is a wonderful thing! There are so many children who need families and it is such a blessing for us! Ephraim has blessed our lives more than he'll ever know.

Mel said...

awesome. how soon will you be able to start your journey?

Laurel Feierbach said...

We are planning to start the process in about 6 months. Our social worker said it would probably take about a year for us to have a child placed with us.

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