I love giving you guys episodes filled with stories from adoptive moms who are there with you in the ups and downs of this beautiful and messy adoption life, but it's important to remember that we aren't the only characters in this thing. There are lots of people who are affected by our decision to care of the least of these, and for this episode, we will focus on an important support system, friends.
When we decide to answer the call to adopt, our friends have a choice to make. They can slowly back away because they don't know where they fit or how to help or maybe this is all just too much for them, or they can step up and dive in with us. Today we're going to talk to a woman who chose option 2.
Brooke and her husband Luke are some great friends of ours who don't even have kids of their own yet, much less adopted kids. Brooke is a high school teacher, so she gets first-hand experience with kids from hard places in her day job as well, and Luke is a youth pastor at a church who has an awesome and unusual percentage of adoptive families, so they are the hands and feet along with us.
From left to right: Brooke and our daughter, Jane, Brooke and Luke babysitting our sons, Roc and Grady, and Brooke, her Mom Kari, and friend Lisa holding Jane during a wedding we were photographing.
Brooke and Luke made the decision long ago that they were not going to slink away just because they didn't know what to do or how to help, they dove in head first and learned how they could be the most helpful by babysitting, listening, praying, coming alongside when things got hard, cooking, the list goes on and on. I can't wait for you guys to hear her story and advice!
- 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.