While we journey along to adopt one of God's children from Jamaica, we have decided to begin our second adoption. We feel led to provide a home to a child in the US foster care system; whomever God has chosen as our child. We will take the DSHS parenting classes this fall then submit our homestudy. I could become a mother by Mother's Day 2011. There is also the chance that we may have to wait longer than six months for a child, but at least we will have a child in our home before three years has passed. We are expecting to bring our Jamaican child home three to four years after we submit our home study.
When I spoke with Phillip at the local DSHS office on Wednesday I was excited to learn they offer straight adoption from the foster care system; we do not have to go through foster-adopt. I was on Cloud 9 for several hours. We would be matched only to children who are legally free for adoption. I have witnessed too many families experience heartache through foster-adopt. For some, the process works from them; it is not for us. These two adoptions may not be our only ones. I envision providing a family to several children through the years. We will continue this roller coaster called the Adoption Adventure.