AMP S1E13: Katheen and Kennedy Barnes - What It's like to Be Adopted as an Older Child
There's something special about getting the whole entire story. Here on The Adoptive Mom Podcast we've gotten to hear from the adoptive parent side, the birth mom side, and the support system side, but today, we get to hear the perspective of a child who has been adopted through foster care.
Kennedy Barnes is 12 years old and has been in her forever home for almost 3 years. She, Kathleen, and the rest of their family live in Northwest Arkansas where Kathleen is a teacher and with her husband Jacob raises Grisham and Harrison in addition to Ms. Kennedy.
Kathleen talks about their process to get to Kennedy and Kennedy was able to share with us a little bit about how she came into care and what she went through before and after being placed with the Barnes family.
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.