#ForeverFamilyFriday

Bo-Mackey from The CALL on Vimeo.

 

“When you sit & think about how his life could have been. It really shows you the impact the foster care could have on a kids life!” – Ashley 

“Is it hard? Yeah it’s hard! But it’s also rewarding!” – Jay

“You feel alive when your (fostering), like you’re doing what you’re suppose to be doing it! It doesn’t feel like a burden, it feels like a blessing!” – Ashley

After adopting Bo Mackey the family continued to foster & recently added a sweet baby sister through adoption to complete their forever family!

To a video telling more of their story click the link here!

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Fostering Journal – Cason Family

Fostering was never a part of my plan. But it was always in God’s plan. About 7 years ago, before my husband and I had any kids of our own, he randomly brought up how he felt like we should maybe foster or adopt. Our pastor at church had preached on the passage in James 1:27 where it says that “pure and undefiled religion is caring for widows and orphans”. He took that very literally and decided at that point that we should foster and or adopt. I was most definitely not on board. In fact, I’m pretty sure my response was “nope”.

 

Over the next 5 years God drastically changed my heart. He placed people and situations in our lives that continually brought up fostering. I fought God and I fought hard. I kept coming up with excuse after excuse of why we couldn’t foster. My loving husband never once pushed me or forced it upon us. God did all the work of changing my hard heart to what He wanted me to become.

 

In 2015, I finally told my husband that I was ready to seriously consider adoption. I had very strict guidelines on what I would and would not do. (ha!) We started looking into private adoption of a newborn baby and the door was quickly shut for us. So we decided we would begin looking into fostering. Again, I had very strict rules about what was going to happen. I knew that since we had two young biological girls of our own, my main concern was protecting them and doing what was in their best interest. Even after the first informational meeting I wasn’t sure I would be able to do this. I felt completely unprepared and had no idea how it would be possible. A very wise friend told us that we didn’t have to have everything figured out. All we had to do was “Take the next right step”.

 

So in January of 2016, we began the process of becoming an open home for fostering. My heart continued to be change during the next few months of what I wanted. By the time we were officially open in June, we decided that we were unprepared for any of this and that whatever God wanted to bring to our home we were willing.

 

In August of 2016 we got our first placement of two girls who were 3 and 6. So we went from a family of 4 to a family of 6, ages 2, 3, 5, and 6, overnight. To say that life was crazy would be an understatement. But God was so good and he continually provided for us. He gave us a peace like never before. He brought friends to us that covered us in prayers. The girls were with us for 16 months before we took them to their forever home in December 2017. It was the toughest 16 months of our lives, but we would do it again.

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Harris #ForeverFamilyFriday Story

I think God had been working on our story from the very beginning. Marc and I married in 2001, we had our first and only bio in 2002 and had been trying to conceive another child for several years. We often talked about adoption but didn’t know how to get started or how the process worked. We weren’t really proactive about looking into it. It was more of a casual conversation. We were in the starting process of fertility treatments when one Sunday we found out about The CALL,  They were showing a video at our church. When we saw the need was huge to take in foster kids we knew right away God was calling us to it. Naturally we had a plan, we would foster one at a time until we adopted one child but God had a different plan for our family. We took in a sibling set of two boys when we first opened and within a year we took another sibling set (brother and sister) to keep them from splitting up. We had Five children in our home within the first year of fostering.
Shortly after fostering, we soon understood what God was asking us to do. He wanted this to become a ministry , to reach out and help these families. Pour love into them, support them (within DCFS boundaries) and cheer them on as they got up and back on their feet to work to get their kids back.  We learned to build relationships that lasted , support systems to carry on even after the kids went home. Throughout our 8 year journey we’ve been able to foster over 15 kiddos, adopted 5 and continue to maintain relationships with the families we’ve been able to support. This journey has been such a blessing to me and my family. We are thankful God allowed us to be a part of it.
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Noah Davis #foreverfamilyFriday

Arkansas newest American Idol contestant, Noah Davis, sat down to tell us about how foster care & adoption formed his forever family. As an 18-year old you can tell from his interview that this really had a positive impact on his life.

 

“Having a flat tire is life not being fair! Not getting love & affection from your parents… thats just wrong!” – Noah

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