“It seems like a lot of trouble.”
Yes, adoption is a lot of trouble. I am navigating through a lot of troubles. Logistical trouble. School trouble. Learning disability trouble. Scheduling trouble. Emotional transition trouble. Navigating new relationships trouble. Balancing new family with birth family loyalty trouble. Balancing the needs of birth kid’s and adoptive kid’s needs. Defining my new role troubles.
It doesn’t seem like a lot of trouble. It actually is. But the question is, “Is it worth it?”
There are almost half a million kids in the US foster care system. Over 100,000 of those kids are eligible for adoption. In 2011 nearly 50,000 foster kids were adopted. The average age of kids eligible for adoption is 8 years old. Each year 26,000 kids age out of foster care, with no family.
Sing praises to God and to his name! Sing loud praises to him who rides the clouds. His name is the Lord— rejoice in his presence! Father to the fatherless… this is God, whose dwelling is holy.God places the lonely in families… Psalm 68:4-6
I may not be the perfect adoptive mom. I may have weaknesses, short comings and complete inabilities. BUT… God has placed a lonely child in MY home. I’m so humbled by that. God picked our family to bring comfort to just one of the thousands who need it. And today I realized, in the midst of my troubles, if I can introduce this child to the Father of the fatherless… yes it is worth it all the way.