My oldest called me today. He shared the sweetest story and of course I cried. A family in his church has kind of adopted him as he puts it "on this side of the river." They invited him over on Father's Day so he wouldn't be alone. He wasn't able to come home bc he had to sing at church. Here's his story"
"Mom, Kelly's mom and dad are just like you and dad. I told them you guys would have to meet. When Kelly and his family lived in a different home they had children that began to crawl under their fence and play in their backyard. As it continued Kelly's parents realized the children were not being taken care of properly. Long story short they decided rather than let social services take them and separate these 7 brothers and sisters, they would ask to adopt them all to keep them together. They already had 4 children of their own and wondered how God would take care of all of them.
They have been on Oprah and several other shows sharing their story. What I personally love is that this "white" family adopted 7 African American children back in the day when racial tension was high. Well really what has changed - i think the tension is still just as high in some areas of our country. It doesn't matter what color of skin you have a child needs love, nurturing, encouragement and a place to call home.
On tv I saw a clip from a Summit called http://www.christianalliancefororphans.org/about.php Their intent is share about adoption. It sounded like a great idea, even if you can't adopt maybe you could relieve foster parents one night to give them a break.