Adopting from foster care can be complicated.
Let’s tackle the misconceptions.
Special needs. Birth parent visits. A revolving door of case workers. Conversations about race. These are aspects of the foster adoption process that are often daunting, and easily misunderstood. This book will change the way you look at adopting from foster care.
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About the Author – April Swiger is a wife, mother to two awesome little boys (Jayda and Zay), homemaker, and blogger. In 2013, her family moved to Connecticut, where her husband, Adam, serves as the worship pastor at Christ the Redeemer Church. Living in a 100-year-old farmhouse, being debt-free, cooking nourishing food, and enjoying introvert-friendly activities are some of her favorite things. You can join her for more “Faithfulness in the Mundane” at www.debtcrushingmom.comand Instagram.com/aprilswiger/
Full Chaper List
1. Four Hours’ Notice
How Our Family Grew Through Foster Adoption
2. Adoption is Plan A
Preparing Our Hearts for the Journey Ahead
3. Valuing Our Children’s Unique Pasts
Learning How to Honor and Respect Their Loss
4. Thinking About Special Needs
Why It’s Ok to Say “No”
5. A Conversation About Race
How Understanding Our Child’s Cultural Background Honors the Image of God
6. Birth Parents: Friends or Foes?
Navigating These Relationships with Grace
7. The Revolving Door of Visitors
Seeing the Presence of Adoption Workers in Our Lives as a Blessing
8. Caring for the Fatherless When You’re Not Called to Adopt
How the Church Can Support Adoptive Families
9. Adoption is Costly
Trusting God With Twists and Turns in the Journey
When we see people the way God sees them, created perfectly in His image with purpose, full of dignity and worth, it changes the way we look at foster adoption and all the broken parties involved.
It changes the way we look at race, special needs, and those with whom we seem to have nothing in common.
It changes the way we look at the tired case worker who works overtime and on weekends.
It changes the way we look at the birth parent who genuinely loves her child but doesn’t have the resources to care for him.
Adoption through foster care isn’t for everyone, but every church and every believer has an obligation to care for the fatherless (James 1:27). Of all groups in our society, Christians ought to be the most faithful to fight for these children.
April shares her family’s compelling story of being placed with their oldest son, with only four hours notice to prepare, and their youngest son who was born very premature. Her book magnifies the dignity and worth of every person, while breaking down common misconceptions in the foster adoption world.