Whole LOTA Love

Stacey Brady

It really started 5 or 6 six years ago. We were pregnant with our third child. We learned early on that he wasn't going to make it. I delivered a stillbirth. At our church, we heard of an organization called Horizons Pregnancy Clinic and learned about adoption. We looked into it, but it cost $40,000, and this does not guarantee that you will be able to adopt a child. Not too long after, I was talking to the new principal of my kid’s school, who was also a friend of mine from high school. She told me she was adopting through the foster care system. There was that word again - adoption. It's like that red car concept. The word adoption kept popping up everywhere. I had never heard of adoption through foster care. I had heard of adoption, and I had heard of foster care, but I had never heard of the two together. We got certified to foster in March 2016. The certification process is crazy. You have to take classes, go through CPR training, get your house checked, and your car inspected. We did it all in one month which is not normal. But when you give me a task or a checklist, I am determined to check off each item until it’s complete. In August, we got our call - a little boy. He matched our profile 100%. Mom was MIA and Dad was incarcerated. Oh my goodness, he was a tornado. It's definitely very hard to take in a child when you have no understanding of their background. You're not privy to a lot of information. The goal of fostering is to reunify the child with their family. Just recently, he reunified with his mother. Although we ended up with a child from extreme circumstances with major behavioral problems, we would certainly do it again. To see a child's life change, and you be a part of it, is so touching and rewarding. We got to see God in his life so intimately. We may never know what the future holds for him, but we do know what he was like when he came to us and what he was like when he left. It was very clear to us, even if just for a little while, that this little boy was meant to be with our family, and we were meant to be in his life.