Since I started this podcast, I have been getting all kinds of requests for interviews with all kinds of people, including me! I knew I wanted to highlight others' stories first, so I saved my own interview for the very end of season 1, and here we are!
Our story is one that is complicated, has a lot of layers, and involves much refinement from God. I'm sure this description fits most adoptive families, and that is part of the problem. When I started this podcast, I was at a point of exhaustion with how little was known about the trials of adoption outside of the adoption community and even just outside of our individual families. There seemed to be an unspoken code that people shouldn't really openly talk about this stuff. You know, the stuff where adoption is beautiful and rewarding but also that it SUCKS sometimes.
I thought my calling would end when our children were officially ours, that it would transfer into just, you know, raising them. But God had other plans (duh). As I complained constantly that no one was talking about this stuff, I kept hearing God tell me "Then do something about it."
This podcast is me listening and obeying. I hope it is changing your story like it is changing mine.
- 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.
- 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.