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  • Bess

    Again, a great topic but missed the mark. The host suggests potential foster families to “ask friends and families if they should be foster parents and what weaknesses or reasons not to adopt” how discouraging!!! Most friends and family, evenbelieving ones, don’t understand the calling. What terrible advise. How many friends will want you to sacrifice and extend yourself to adopt? How many family members will agree? With experience, let me tell you: NOT ONE!!! Ask God, and that’s all you need. Abram was delayed in obedience bc of his father in law. Even Jesus asked a man to leave his dad. I just cringe to think how many people won’t do a thing for adoption bc they listened to some “good pastor or counselor” instead of God. The laborers are few.

    I also disagree with the author of the book who said that “with the right motivation adoption can be beautiful.” Thats wishful thinking. Even with the most godly motivation, adoption is a battle. I wish this show was more encouraging, inspiring and based on scripture to rescue the fatherless

    We need more courageous Christians who aren’t scared to get messy. Adoption is always messy.

    Also, there was no real help addressing trauma other than – make sure you have a counselor.

    Not real inspiring show!!

    • Anita

      As someone who has adopted. I feel this show gives some good advice. It is important you ask friends who are Godly and spirit filled, Someone you trust will give you good, honest feedback if they think you should adopt or foster, preferably someone who has adopted. I quickly discovered when we were adopting, who was sensitive to what God was calling us to do and who thought we were crazy. I love my daughter tremendously, but the challenges we have faced were harder then I could have imagined. I have learned through our involvement in our adoption support group that marriages can end because adoption can be very challenging. Parents need to be very stable. We have no regrets concerning our adoption. I agree that it is the most wonderful and difficult thing we have ever done. I believe adoption is a high calling. I put a lot of energy in supporting friends who have adopted. I would love to see everyone adopt. But people need to go into it with their eyes wide open. God Bless, Anita

      • Bess

        Good work at staying with it Anita. Adoption is extremely stressful. I’ve wondered if the intensity of the stress makes the joy that much more meaningful.

        I pray you continue to advocate for the fatherless. The road is narrow and the way is hard and few find it!! We are among the blessed

    • Am

      I agree! Never ask family and friends for advice because 9 out of 10 times they will tell you that your crazy. That no one in their right mind would add that kind of stress to their lives on purpose. I’ve even tried to reach out for help when things got really hard when dealing with Reactive Attachment Disorder and was told I got what I deserved for taking these kids on. That I had no room to ask for help because I did this to myself! WOW! We need to support one another, because those not dealing with it can’t understand. They just judge, and often are way off even when coming at it with the best of intentions!

      • Bess

        I’m writing a book right now on my RAD foster child. As Christians, we think just bc we have christ that we will have an easy journey. My book is about my journey of God not answering my prayers and leading us away from adoption and how he never provided healing for my damaged foster kids. Yet, he remained good. There is very limited resources on the RAD child. Plus, there aren’t many books on foster parents who did not get to adopt. It’s a lonely journey – but it’s godly

        We need to know that as Christians, we are called to suffer and endure. We are called to be courageous.

        However, kids are not belongings. The speaker on this show kept saying “my child” even birth kids are not ‘ours

        Everything is a gift. Each breath, each moment. It’s all borrowed.

        God bless you as you continue to love the ones who are the hardest to love bc they need the most love.

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