Five years ago, my husband and I decided to take a journey toward adoption. We felt the nudge that the family wasn’t done growing, and like many others, I was unable to have biological children. We decided to not only adopt but to adopt older children and teens.
November is Adoption Awareness Month. Our lives are not always perfect, no life is, but we have grace and love for each other to go through the waves of life together. God’s grace has gifted me with my beautiful family, and I am forever grateful.
According to Adoptionnetwork.com, on a given day, there are nearly 428,000 children in the foster care system in the United States. Around 20% of those children will never get adopted and will age out of the system without support or family.
This month, please join me in prayer for praying for families facing instability and for those ar unable to return to their families of origin. We give thanks for those who are led to nurturing families, and for the families that say yes.
This message is excerpted from “Many ways to build a family: celebrating National Adoption Month” by Erin Burns from the November 7, 2022, blog of the Women of the ELCA.
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