Recently I wrote this blog post on how to adopt from foster care. I was thrilled by the huge response, but there were also a lot of questions. I turned these questions over to experts in foster care adoption. Here are the links to those posts:
Now, here are your newest questions answered:
Julia DesCarpentrie is passionate about orphan care, adoption and fostering. She has been blessed to live out God’s call on her life in those areas through her work with The CALL (Children of Arkansas Loved for a Lifetime), a foster care church initiative encouraging more Christian families to foster children in need. Julia has been an advocate for the fatherless for 10 years, as both a volunteer and also serving with Hope for Orphans before her work with The CALL. She is also an active volunteer in the community and has served on several community boards. She continues to minister to other mothers and foster/adoptive families through writing and speaking with MomLife Today. Julia is the mom of five children entrusted to her care through birth, adoption and fostering. She and Branden have been married for 16 years.
Q: My husband was diagnosed with depression years ago. At one point, we had him hospitalized, but the entire thing was a mistake. We wanted him to attend more of a group therapy type “stay away” deal his family had agreed to pay for. His doctor put him in a state hospital, where they basically told him he was depressed and did absolutely nothing. Much of his depression stems from his own crappy childhood. A foster care recruiter I emailed awhile ago said that his experiences might actually HELP us when looking to foster or adopt, but I’m worried they will see “state hospital” and assume the worst, even though his official diagnosis was only “depressed.” Will this keep us from adopting? This all happened over 8 years ago.
Many families have experienced serious illness, such as depression or cancer, and have been able to foster or adopt. You will have a home study during which someone will interview you about your past experiences, including medical issues. Be honest and open. I would also recommend being proactive and asking for a letter from your doctor stating your current health, medications, treatment plan. Do not try to hide or omit past medical diagnosis. Past trials, whether medical or life experiences, can strengthen us and help us empathize with children who have experienced trauma.
Q: I have gotten curious and browsed the “waiting children” sites. I’ve noticed that many of them require that they are the only child or youngest. Does this mean we should wait until we are done having our biological children before looking to adopt? We’ve always planned on a large family, so I wonder if this is something they will frown upon. We have four right now, but I’m not ready to say we are “done” with pregnancy. Should we keep foster adopting on the back burner until we’re a little older and are done with pregnancies? Or are some children just fine being thrown into a large family with so many personalities swirling around?
The waiting children posted on different websites are just a portion of the children available for adoption, and usually those who have been waiting quite a while. When children have struggled with appropriate interaction with other children the same age or younger, their profiles will have notations such as ‘this child would thrive as a youngest child or an only child.’ It would be inadvisable to bring children with documented social issues such as this into your family, both for their well-being and for the protection of your family.
Do you have an question or comment about adopting from foster care? Leave it in the comments!
Successful Foster Care Adoption by Deborah Beasley
The Connected Child: Bring hope and healing to your adoptive family by Karyn B. Purvis
Challenged Children with Severe Behaviors by Heather T. Forbes
Other blogs I’ve written about adoption:
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