AMP S2E6: Shelli Jones - A Closer Look at the Emotional Toll of International Adoption
Shelli Jones is an adoptive mama of one (so far!) from Bulgaria and has only been back in the states from a long-term missionary stay for a few years now. So yeah. They have a lot going on.
After 5 miscarriages and a hasty return from Asia, they were more than ready to meet their new baby and bring him or her home. Their journey with international adoption was one that looked similar to others. It was frustrating, long, and complicated, and of course they learned so much along the way.
These were some of the first photos the Jones's saw or took of sweet Miri.
In her interview, Shelli takes us on a journey of, well, their journey and gives us a real glimpse into the joyful, stressful, ugly, and beautiful roller coaster of intermnational adoption.
I love Shelli because she is hilarious, honest, and real with her emotions surrounding their adoption story. I can't wait for you to hear from her!
Shelli and Justin first learned about Bulgaria and the possibility of adopting from there because of a documentary that she mentioned in the interview. You can find that documentary here.
The Hague Convention is an international organization that protects adoption ethics. You can find out more and get a list of Hague-complaint countries here.
Saving Baby Ryan started out as a Facebook-documented journey of a family's adoption story from Bulgaria. You can read all about it 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.
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.