What some people may not know is that I am an adoptive parent. My son is now 22-years-old and it hasn’t always been a bed of roses but I wouldn’t change my decision for the world.
And since November is National Adoption Month, the question is, have you considered it?
Bethany Christian Services is a global nonprofit organization that brings and keeps families together. Currently, Bethany is seeking families for children who are waiting for their forever family. These children come from different countries, speak different languages, and have different needs and stories, yet they all have one thing in common…the desire to be a part of a loving family!
Here are some facts to consider:
Bethany offers domestic, foster care and international adoption services in addition to providing pregnancy support and other essential services surrounding child welfare.
According to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System, over 100,000 children in the U.S. are waiting to be adopted, approximately 23% of those children are of African-American ethnicity.
The concept of adoption in the African-American community has been present for a number of years, particularly with familial adoption (where a family member takes in a relative’s child for various reasons).
BCS of Madison Heights recently opened an office in Detroit inside Fellowship Chapel specifically to recruit more Foster care families.
Every child needs love and a place they can call home. God, at the center of it all, helps us connect with Christian families who are open and prepared to answer the call to comfort and care for ‘the least of these.
For more information on how you can help serve the children and families in your community, visit Bethany.org.
My Manchild/Director and son, you are now 18. I remember vividly the day you came home with me to stay. After three months of visiting you, weekend stays, paperwork and court dates… you came home shortly before your first birthday.
I was excited and scared at the same time – but look at how far we’ve come. It has been quite the ride to young adulthood; the good, the bad and the ugly… but you’re here. And, I’m grateful to God that you are. Through it all… I have no regrets. You see, I know without a shadow of a doubt that God put us together.
So as you enter this new chapter, I praise God for your very existence and speak joy into your life. I speak stability and peace over you. I speak new beginnings, open doors and opportunity into your spirit. Most of all, I speak love into your beautiful heart.
I leave you with some lyrics of a song I thought were so hokey when I was younger but make so much sense to me now:
♫…For the nights I sat up with you, Doctored you prayed for you no charge. For the time and the tears and the costs through the years, There is no charge. When you add it all up the full cost of my love… Is no charge. For the nights filled with gray, And the worries ahead no charge. For the advice and the knowledge, And the costs of your college no charge. For the toys food and clothes, And for wiping your nose there’s no charge son. When you add it all up the full cost of my love, Is no charge…♫ ~H. Howard (The Shirley Caesar version is all I know)
I Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.
Thank you to my brother from the Bronx for giving me this scripture today. It is indeed right on time: II Corinthians 4:17, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”
This week has been extremely tough and filled with inconveniences and troubles…But God! For the past week I have been driving 25 miles one-way from Farmington Hills to Auburn Hills as my son continues to get the help he needs (50 miles round-trip).
The first day I drove the 25 miles to Auburn Hills – back home, then back to Auburn Hills – back home, then to Redford and to Southfield, Southfield – back to Redford, then finally home to Farmington Hills. Close to 200 miles in one day! It would be different if this were a road trip! Needless to say, for the last couple of days, I’ve been dropping Manchild off then finding places in the area till he gets out. I praise God I’m able to do this because if I were at my old job, I’d be questioned and grilled and then maybe even fired for taking care of my business at home.Yeah, it was like that.
Today I’m at the public library in Auburn Hills. This place is soooo nice! But what I love the most, is the view from where I sit right now.
This piece of beauty designed by God reminds me that though I’m going up the rough side of the mountain right now… it’s temporary. God offered this small glimpse is of what eternal glory will look like.