After finalizing our adoption in December 2014, my husband and I agreed to take some time to think and pray about how to proceed with keeping our foster care license open. We were parenting five children between the ages of 3-9. The house was full and loud, but our hearts still ached for children in care.
We decided to organize a local event in our small town to encourage others to learn more about the various needs of the foster care community. We asked Jami Kaeb, director of The Forgotten Initiative, to speak about how people can get involved in supporting children, foster and birth families and social workers. On the day of the event, I was nervous and excited to see how God might encourage our local churches to be a part of this movement.
I finalized plans with Jami and was running errands to prepare for hosting the night’s event. Our social worker called from the agency and I verified the time and directions with her. She quickly interrupted me to say that was not why she was calling. She was calling about the need for a 2-year-old boy to be placed quickly.
As she began giving me sparse details of his circumstances I saw clips of the video, “The Call” running through my head. Jami had shown this video at past events I had attended. This short film is powerful and speaks right to all the rational and logical reasons that make saying “no” to a call so simple.
The “no” answers came into my mind as to why the timing was not ideal and not really part of my plan with five kids Strangely all the “no’s” in my head came out as a confident, “Yes, we can do it, that should work.”
Later I thought about our “yes” to the call and how our “yes” was not out of guilt or fear. The “yes” was to God who called us to this heart-stretching work and a “yes” to a precious 2 year old that needed us more than we needed things to make sense on paper. My husband often reminds me that there is no good or convenient time for a child to enter foster care.
Our evening was a success as Jami shared the needs of the foster care community and the many ways to get involved. As I hurried home that night to tuck in our new little one, I thought God needed our yes so that we could step in and be love to this little boy. We know that we are made to love and God used our family that night to hear his “Call.”
Rachel and her husband, Doug, began to learn about the foster care community over four years ago. They initially learned of the physical needs of children in care through a Project Sunshine featured in the local newspaper. They felt God asking them to do more and began the classes to become foster parents. They have since added two children to their family through adoption from foster care and are currently parenting another child in foster care.