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How adoption finalization of our beautiful baby daughter went at the courthouse on National Adoption Day.
Fostering hopeSo we were told all of our paperwork had all gone through, and that everything was complete. I thought for sure that we would be getting a call that afternoon, but we didn't get a call. I told my wife, I'm sure we'll hear from them tomorrow, give me a call when I'm at work and tell me all about it. We had talked about exactly what age and level of special needs of children we would both be comfortable bringing in to our home, especially for the first placement. So I called her the next day at lunch, and there was still no news. So she called them. They said, "oh yes, I don't have your name and number on here, I guess I should hit refresh for new foster parents." Our name was now in front of them. They simply had not hit refresh. I'm sure the reason they had not hit refresh is that these honorable people are extremely busy, you've heard the stats. So rest assured, once you are certified, you will get that call. If it's not right for you, don't worry about it because you'll get another call, and if that one's not right, you'll get another call. There are so many children who need safe homes.
Taryn Brodwater and Jody Lawrence-turner • Staff writers
Published April 27, 2007 in The Spokesman-Review
In Washington, there are 5,841 licensed foster homes, according to the Children's Administration. It would take 30 to 40 new families each month to fill the need for foster care in Eastern Washington, Rogers said.
About 80 children a month are placed in foster care in Spokane County alone. Two years ago, that figure was 30 kids a month, according to Rogers.
"As a recruiter, I'm not asking people to take in 10 children," Rogers said. "But if everyone would make a difference in one child's life, that would be huge. This community really needs to step up for the children." - Linda Rogers, a Spokane foster parent who has also adopted and recruits foster parents for a 13-county region, including Spokane County.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.