Meredith Show on January 7, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
I am honored to announce that I have been invited to appear on The Holly
Meredith Show on January 7, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
I am happy to say that our 1st Annual Family & Friends Thanksgiving Feast was a success! we are now in the planning process for next year's event to provide a greater event serving more adoptive parents and their families. we are looking for a Church or Restaurant that will donate us their "kitchen" and "dining area" for Thanksgiving Day in the Tampa Bay area to serve a greater number of adoptive families and their friends, who otherwise would spend Thanksgiving Day alone! If interested, please contact us!
You are never too old to adopt as long as your health permits. If you are
interested in adopting, seek the guidance and wisdom of those that have adopted
or in the process of adopting. Those around you may not understand or endorse
your decision; but do not let that keep you from providing a forever family to
All Christians have been adopted as children of God and freed from the
law. To adopt a child is to follow the lead of God who has adopted so many.
There are several examples of adoption in the Bible including Moses. Adoption
of children is a wonderful thing and God directs us to take care of the
children and welcome them in. There is no better way to welcome a child in then
to adopt him or her. I pray these Bible verses about adoption will be heart
warming and inspirational to you today. Feel free to use this topical study as
a Bible devotional, Sunday School lesson
or just as a Bible memory tool. Please add any of your favorite Bible verses
about adoption to the comments so this becomes a better resource to families
and individuals that find it.
- #1 Adoption Verse- All who believer are adopted as children of God
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become
children of God.
Romans 8:14-16 - #2 Bible Verse About Adoption-The Holy
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you have
not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received
God's Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, "Abba,
Father."For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God's
Galatians 4:4-6 - # 3 Scripture On Adoption- Freedom from the Law
But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to
the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that
he could adopt us as his very own children. And because we are his children,
God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out,
- #4 Bible Verse on Adoption- Caring for the Orphans
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for
orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt
Additional Scriptures About Children
Psalm 68:5-6 - #5 Adoption Scripture Verse- God the Father
Father to the fatherless, defender of widows-
this is God, whose dwelling is holy.
God places the lonely in families;
he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy.
But he makes the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.
Matthew 18:5 - #6 Bible Verse About Adoption- Welcoming a Child
"And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming
- #7 Bible Passage on Adoption- All are Welcome
And not only for that nation, but to bring together and unite all the
children of God scattered around the world
1 John 3:1-2 - #8 Bible Scripture on Adoption- God's Children
See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and
that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don't recognize
that we are God's children because they don't know him. Dear friends, we are
already God's children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when
Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as
he really is.
Scriptures About God's Love
Exodus 2:10 - #9 Adoption Bible Verse- Adoption of
Later, when the boy was older, his mother brought him back to Pharaoh's
daughter, who adopted him as her own son. The princess named him Moses, for
she explained, "I lifted him out of the water."
Esther 2:7 - #10 Bible Verse on Adoption- Adoption of Esther
This man had a very beautiful and lovely young cousin, Hadassah, who was
also called Esther. When her father and mother died, Mordecai adopted her into
his family and raised her as his own daughter.
For all of those that are
seeking or thinking about adopting a child or teenager, for those that have
already adopted and going through the challenges of adoption or for those
children unsure whether they want to be adopted; I urge you to read the
following which was a school report submitted by an adopted teen. Sometimes
things just don’t change overnight, as a therapist you need to remember what
these children and teens have experienced. An adoptive parent or prospective
adoptive parent needs to focus on building a relationship with their child or
children above everything else and provide a nurturing and stable
household.-Franklin Ed Shoemaker
“It got rough at seven, at that age it really tears the psyche to be stripped of ones parents.
They’re who you have to look up for when you need help and love and, and you
would never expect them to leave you alone to a world of strangers, you could
never dream that. Not as a child, not
The process of it was always scary. A new mom every week. A new house to grow accustomed to, get
to know almost. Unpack your duffle bag that you’ve memorized to keep close
because anytime now you’ll be lugging it back to the door. You really just get
used to it after the first year, the year that drags by slow as molasses. That
year stings with that background hope that they’ll come back for you. At least
they’ll tell you they will, on their visits they tell you they’ve gotten better
and everything will be back to normal.
Then the visits
stop completely. And so does the hope, it burns out and now it’s the duffle bag
life for you. No more asking questions about why or what the reasons where. The
only questions you get now are the ones rifled off by the therapist, the case
worker, the guardian at lidem, and social workers. They’re “there if you need
to talk” but it’s always an uneasy talk. Poked with cattle prods faceless
“friends” demand answers for the problems you have whilst scribbling nonsensical
things relentlessly about you on their pads. Most of the kids got drugged. It
was the hyper ones, the five or six year olds who were still being kids, but
kids that didn’t have parents. Those where the problematic children dubbed with
“ADHD” and immediately given pills to “help”. They walked as zombies, drugged to
behave for their new parents who couldn’t handle the new children day by
The process was scary indeed; it’s what normal kids don’t get. Most people don’t get it, and
they show sympathy towards you because that’s what they deem to appropriate but
really you don’t want that. You just want to be treated like the normal kids at
Three years pass, you’re used to the duffle bag life now, it goes by easy. Sure the schools
change every other year. Along with the parents and the friends. But that’s
what you know now to be the consistent flow, it’s just life. There are no
“attachments” or “bonds” to be made, but it turns out to be fine. But now you’re
getting older and your therapist are talking about your future. At 18 you’re on
your own, you’ve aged out of the system, and with a 50/50 failure of being on
your own. No parental guidance as some take for granted to guide you into
It’s been five years now, you’re a bit of the ways into it, and with zero hope left, you’re
ready for life to hit you and you’re not sure what would happen. But your
duffle bag is close and clutched firmly because that’s what you know. But one
day your therapist tells you that you have another house to go to. He shoots
words off at you that you’ve just become so used to. They spit the location at
you and the names and that you’ll need to pack, but one line hits you like a
brick. One word really: “permanent”
What? That’s a new
one, something that isn’t in your vocabulary. This isn’t part of your duffle bag
life. But no they assure you the permanency. No sooner is the word shocking as
it is distrustful. Not after it all happening, not after the easy flow of you’ve
gotten into of house to house.
But it happens. A
visitation is planned and you meet these people. They’re nice to you and seem
to listen but being hesitant comes natural and takes time. Months go by and
paper work is signed. And you find yourself in a nice house, one that’s been
specifically set up for you. And the duffle bag slowly merges into something
better: a dresser.
On November 2 2011
I was legally adopted with my three younger brothers who I was separated from
for six years. The days of the duffle bag are over, and so were the days of
being lost.it was time to grow up and settle down and realize I’m matured and
can let go of the past. I came to be comfortable with the fact that I’m sixteen
now, not seven.”
The "SODAS" Problem Solving Method
This Is a situation or a problem that you have encountered in the past or
are presently encountering.
There are usually two or more options or choices that you have with a
situation or problem; Consisting of negative options or positive
This is where you list the disadvantages or consequences of each of the
options that you identified above.
This is where you list the advantages or rewards of each of the options
that you identified above.
After listing the disadvantages or consequences and the advantages or
rewards of each of these options for the problem you are trying to solve; Your
solution is chosen by identifying the best option for your problem.
Being a parent is a difficult job. Being an adoptive parent has it's own unique
Challenges. Adoptive families have their own unique Lifestyle and culture. When
adoptive parents share their frustration About their children with family
members , friends, Teachers and others; People often respond with Disbelief or
criticism. Others do not understand the extent of the chronic trauma, Due
to neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse or a combination of
abuses, the majority of adoptive children have suffered through in Their
past. As an adoptive parent myself, there were many times My wife and I Would
relive the Chronic trauma of our children. As an adoptive parent It's important
to build a healthy support network with those who truly understand The
challenges of being an adoptive parent. Therefore As an adoptive parent , I
highly recommend Becoming involved with a local adoptive parent support group.
And if you do not have an adoptive support group in your area, start one
yourself. If you Don't know how ask me!