7 months ago we received a phone call asking if we would be willing to take 3 children into our home as their safety plan. The children were about to be placed into the State’s foster care system because the mother had no family willing to take them.
Because we are not a licensed foster care and the mom did not know us (we were connected through mutual friends) the social worker asked that the mother also stay with us for 2 weeks while the children adjusted to us. We were all in agreement to do this.
The mother was also in agreement that we could homeschool the children and since we were not technically foster care the State could not object to this.
There are a LOT of details that I can not share right now but please believe me that I now believe that God ordains our footsteps in a whole new way.
Their birth mom stayed with us 3 days and then left. The State agreed to let the children stay here.
We’ve been taught for 21 years never to allow a social worker into our home without a warrant. This year we have allowed 2 social workers and one State attorney (appointed by the court for the kids) in our home. We stepped way out of our comfort zone. We’ve had a social worker in our home every month for 7 months, we’ve been finger printed and had a criminal back ground check. We did all of this without any State “support” (monies) other than them paying for our finger prints.
We’ve had to deal with people that we knew were lying to us. We don’t like playing ‘games’ but we are willing to do what we need to to protect, provide for and love these kids. In the words of the judge, “They deserve a chance!”
We are SO GLAD we said “YES”
…these children are worth the sacrifice!
We are glad we didn’t say:
- we are too old…
- or too busy…
- or ready to enjoy a slower season of life now that our children are grown…
- or we can not afford it…
- or we do not want to get involved in a messy situation…
- or we may get our hearts broken because we don’t know how this will end…
If you need an excuse, you’ll always find one. Perhaps our reply should always prayerfully be, “Yes, Lord, Your will be done.”
Five months after the children coming into our home we were granted full custody.
According to Alabama state law a child is “abandoned” if they do not receive regular visits and support from a parent(s) for 6 months. We are 7 months into this. You can read more about our journey here.
We are now filing for private adoption for all three children (they have the same birth mother). To raise the remainder of the funds we need we are hosting a
This ball is a family event with Scottish, folk and line dances (think Virginia Reel kind of dances).
The Ball will be September 29, 2012. If you live locally and would like to attend send me an email and I’ll send you more details!
If you do not live locally but would like to donate to our adoption fund you can GIVE HERE.
We are also running all of our products, DVDs and e-books at 30% off (excluding the Bundle and Gift Bags). All the profits will go toward our adoptions.
Use the code “ADOPT” when checking out.
Jeff and Kathy Brodock
PO Box 455
Oneonta, AL 35121