Monday, August 27, 2007

Ava Has Arrived - Part 2

For the benefit of those of you who don't know, Kim and I foster with ECFA (Evangelical Child and Family Agency - see our links). It is an adoption placement agency that provides support and counseling for pregnant mothers, but also places children into adoptive homes. We have been foster parents for 9 years, but because our own family is still growing, we've only been available to foster when we didn't already have infants of our own. Because of our relationship already with ECFA, they did our home study for our current adoption with AoH. So each child that we get already has been placed with an adoptive couple. Since it is a domestic adoption, we provide foster care for these children until the legal side of things is taken care of. Up until that point a biological mother can change her mind. Depending on the county for which the adoption is taking place and the backlog of cases going through their court, there is some variation in the duration that we will foster. But ideally this is 6 weeks. Our worse case scenerio was 5 months - but that was extreme. Most have been 8 weeks or less. ECFA does an excellent job ministering to these women and adoptive couples, so it's been a complete blessing and privelege to work with them.


Tama said...

Wow, thanks, Looks like an amazing ministry! What a blessing you guys are!

Campbell's Hope said...

Your blog brought me tears.
Wow!!Thanks for sharing.