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Could You Be the Family a Child Has Been Waiting For?

When children enter foster care, the main goal is to reunite them with their biological parents, but for many, this is not possible. These children may then be adopted by their foster parents or they may need to wait for another family. On average, children in foster care wait two years to be adopted. Right now, there are more than 100,000 children nationwide in foster care who are waiting for a lifelong family who will surround them with love and care.

Adoption Story

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After their daughter, Roca (5), was born, Jeremy and Amie learned they would no longer be able to have biological children. So they decided to pursue their dream of adopting. Neither international nor domestic adoption seemed to be working out as they had hoped, until they met a couple who were becoming licensed for Bethany’s Foster Care program. Soon, Jeremy and Amie were licensed as well— “in record speed,” Amie said. God, it seemed, had lighted the path He had for them. 

In spring 2011, twins Israel and Isaac (now almost 4) came into their home, followed by their sister, Selah (now 4). Born at only 24 weeks, the boys—whom Amie calls “walking miracles”—had health challenges. But Amie and Jeremy felt blessed and let it be known that they had room for more—perhaps one more. 

In April 2013, they learned about another sibling set of three in foster care—Isaiah, (now 5), Ana (now 4), and Eden (now 2)—that needed a home. The couple had previously said no to additional sibling groups, but this time Jeremy felt differently. “I think this answer has to be yes,” he said. So they asked God to give them every sign that this was the right decision. And He did, all along the way. 

“I was nervous,” Amie shared. “My head said this was crazy, but my heart said there were three kids out there who needed a home. So I prepared the best I could, and God has provided in so many ways.” Now they are a family of nine, with seven children ages 2 to 5. 

Their newest son was in ten foster homes, and so he has attachment and bonding issues. But through Bethany counseling and learned therapy techniques they can do at home, Amie and Jeremy have been able to address them. 

Meeting practical needs, such as adequate transportation, has been important for making this family “work.” But work it does in so many ways. Amie reports, for instance, that each child has a defined role as a helper, even on grocery shopping trips as a family. She believes knowing that role is something they find security in. 

“I would encourage couples to keep pressing into what God has called them to do, and the passion they have, even if they are afraid,” Amie said. “Fear doesn't mean a closed door. God calls us to extraordinary things, not ordinary, and usually not in our comfort zone.” 

What Does Foster Care Adoption Cost?

Adopting a child from foster care is often times funded by the state, and in many cases, there are little or no fees, which varies by state. Medical subsidies and financial assistance are often available until the child is 18 years old, regardless of the adoptive family’s income.

The Reality

Nationwide, an average of 23,000 youth “age out” of the foster care system every year. Meaning these teens reach the age of 18 without ever finding their forever family. Over half of these youth lack a high school diploma and within two years, approximately 30 percent experience homelessness or incarceration and more than half of the young women will have children who also enter the foster care system, continuing the cycle.

How do I get started?

If you have taken the time to consider adoption, and have determined a plan you feel is right for your family, you are ready to take the next step. We have been helping families adopt since 1944 and we will be there to support you every step of the way.

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The N.O.W. (No One Without) campaign is an initiative to make sure that no child ages out of the system, never having a loving family. Together, we can change this, and we must do so NOW!

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