Larry Baldwin, a Play of the Day subscriber, shares his thoughts about his adoption experience: “Personally, the experience of adopting one of our sons was one of the most enriching and important decisions of my life, and now we are waiting to adopt our second daughter. While many people have stated that adoption has crossed their minds, often there is a gap between the thinking and the doing. When it comes to planning a family, sometimes we overanalyze the pros and cons, dismissing or delaying the decision to adopt due to a number of reasons or unknowns…”
1. Your Calling
It’s possible you’re great with kids because that’s what you’re supposed to be doing—maybe it’s your calling. Adoption just might be your life’s work.
2. Your Current Children
Are your children ready to share, and nurture, and love unconditionally? Maybe it’s as much their calling as yours.
3. Being Adopted as a Child—Or Not
Were you the recipient of chosen love? Did you spend years shuffled from foster home to foster home just crying out for a permanent family but were disappointed? Did you know an adopted or fostered child and your heart has always yearned to set things right for one more child?
4. Simple Market Economics
You have a skill and a passion: loving children. “Orphaned” kids have a need: parents willing to commit. Let’s get the two of you together.
5. Unity in Giving
People who are generous always report satisfaction and joy. Adoption is an ongoing act of family generosity. It may be just what the doctor ordered for your family dynamic.
6. Sense of Purpose
It may be that you are floundering around the answer to this question: “What are we about as a family?” Adoption can help answer that question and provide a new focus that revolves around something other than material pursuits.
You may be blessed with wealth it would be a crime not to use. Love, room in your home, financial stability, extra time, strength, patience—any combination of these elements might make your home the right place for an adopted child.
8. Specific Skills in Child Development
Do you have experience with special needs children? Does your heart go out to kids with problems? Your family may be the right place for a child facing difficult struggles.
9. Filling the Void
Maybe your children are grown, or almost, yet you still have the desire to make a difference in a child’s life. Adoption may be the answer.
10. Starting or Expanding a Family
Maybe you’ve discussed the situation with fertility specialists and you’re wondering if the path they recommend is the right investment. Even if pregnancy isn’t an option, adoption is.
Across Florida, children who are older, have special needs, or are a part of a sibling group may be available for adoption. They are in need of a safe, loving, and committed family to care for them. Would you consider opening your heart and home to care? Your family’s adoption journey can begin today! Learn more here.
Sound off: Have you ever considered adopting a child? Why or why not?
Huddle Up Question
Huddle up with your wife and ask, “What is the first step we should take to explore adoption?”