AMP S1E6: Andrea McCurdy - But Where Do Grandparents Fit into this Adoption Thing?
Parents of adult children may not have envisioned adoption for their kids’ families, but they still have a role to play, and an important one at that. From practical and emotional support to educating yourself on exactly what your son or daughter is going through with their children, your involvement can ease stress levels or push them over the edge.
While we adoptive mamas learn from each other, our parents can learn from each other as well, so this week I have a woman who is really nailing it at this whole “adoptive grandparent” thing: my mom!
Andrea McCurdy is a family law attorney and the mom of three adult children, plus she’s been keeping up with my dad for 30 years now. She deals with adoption on a daily basis whether in supporting our family or helping other families with it on the legal front. She also serves on the board for Grace Haven Ministries. Basically, when we took the dive into adoption, so did she.
In this interview, we talk about how our parents can support us on this journey and she validates some of the scary thoughts and feelings that her generation has as their kids do this insanely hard Kingdom work and sometimes get hurt in the process. Buckle up, this episode is jam-packed with good stuff.
Grace Haven Ministries offers support and services for adoptive families in the trenches. I can say this from personal experience. We were at the end of our rope with this business and Grace Haven's director of counseling services was at our house within an hour... FO FREE. She talked us off the ledge and provided us with some great resources for moving forward. Seriously, reach out to them with your concerns and struggles TODAY. Visit their website here and their Facebook page here.
The CALL trains, equips, and supports foster and adoptive families. You heard from the director in NWA, Ann in the first episode of this podcast. They are great and you should check them out. They have no-commitment info-meeting regularly if you just want to gather more information about adopting from the foster care system, and they provide the complete training you need to become an open home. Check out their website here and their Facebook page here.
Project Zero puts the real live faces of children who are available for adoption in front of the families looking to provide forever homes for them. They travel around the state promoting their dream of having Zero waiting children in Arkansas. You can check out their website here and their Facebook here.
If you are in need of a family attorney for any reason, please reach out to my amazing mother, Andrea McCurdy, featured in this episode. She is kind and compassionate and really truly wants to help people. You can visit her website here, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact her office at (479) 439-8881.