One of the most important things I did for myself and my family along this journey was to seek out a woman to disciple me, a woman who has been through this crazy journey herself and could pass that wisdom along to me (please please pleeeease). Enter: Carole. I doubt she knew how important our coffee dates would become to me, but I'm so glad we made it work.
Carole and her husband Roy adopted Lia internationally from Russia, and 21 years later they have made it through the hard years of attachment issues, international logistics, and hard conversations and she definitely has wisdom to share because of it.
In my conversation with Carole, we talk through the story of how she and Roy got into this adoption business all the way to now. We also get into why its so important to seek out an adoption mentor if you are a young mama and to be open to discipling someone at the beginning of their journey if you've been in the game a while, no matter how inadequate or inexperienced you may feel.
- 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.
- Carole mentions a quote "The space between expectations and reality is misery." in this episode and could not remember where she heard it. It is from the Journeywoman Podcast, which you can check out here.