My daughter was 3 years old when she walked away from the only home she’d ever known. Carrying only a knap sack, filled with a change of clothes, a dirty sippy-cup. A social worker held her tiny hand as she shuffled down the sidewalk in a pair of outgrown shoes. She never went back. She bounced around the foster care system for four years while the court decided her fate. By age 7 she was finally legally free for adoption. On the day of her adoption, we walked into the courthouse for the last time. With her head held high and a big grin on her face, she officially joined our family forever.
The adoption was finalized 7 years ago. Today, I look at this proud and confident young woman who shares my last name. She is strong and courageous. God worked in my heart 7 years ago when I answered the call to adopt my daughter. God has filled my heart ever since. I cannot imagine my life without her. She is kind and caring. She is my legacy, she is my daughter.
Recently, my husband and I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Sharon Ford from Focus on the Family who leads the Wait No More initiative. In the few moments we had to talk, she shared her passion for waiting children and the desire of Focus on the Family to end this current crisis of waiting children through Wait No More. This is an organization created to identify and equip adoptive families. As of today, 3,117 families have started the process of adoption through foster care because of Wait No More!
As of today, 3,117 families have started the process of adoption through foster care because of Wait No More!
It is our privilege to pass on this valuable resource to our readers. Wait No More leads 27 events in 19 states across the U.S. To find out more about a location near you click here or call 1-800-A-FAMILY.
There is an event coming to Boalsburg, Pennsylvania on Saturday, September 10th! Currently, there are more than 250 children legally available for adoption in the State of Pennsylvania. They’re waiting for a forever family. If you are in the region you can register for the event here!
While you’re at it, check out this powerful video…
Are you a current foster parent or adoptive parent? How has your journey changed your life?