Statistics show that 1 in 8 couples struggle to have a baby. The pain of infertility and repeat miscarriages paralyzes many families emotionally. Many journey’s that lead families to foster or adopt start with the heartbreaking reality of infertility.
Some families believe their struggle with infertility was God’s way of showing them His plan for them to foster or adopt. Other families cling to Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” They don’t believe God made the losses and/or infertility happen, but that He took a painful situation and turned it into something good.
Here’s one foster family’s story:
“For many years we wanted a second child. We tried a lot of things, but nothing worked. My husband and I felt like we were supposed to parent more than our one child, but weren’t sure how because we hadn’t been successful in getting pregnant a second time.
After praying for direction, we moved to Arkansas where we first heard of The Call. We had known in a general sense about foster children but nothing in the way of the true statistics or the need. We didn’t feel like we were good candidates to foster, but after a few months living here and attending a church that supported The CALL I finally attended a information meeting.
It only took watching the Removed video one time and hearing the statistics that I finally listened to what God had been leading us to the entire time. After attending the information meeting I got the paperwork and we started the foster parenting process.
Training solidified to my husband what I already knew — this is what we were called to do. We wanted to love and parent children.What better way to do that than to take in children who are in need of loving parents? We are not perfect by any means, but we aim to love children where they are and hopefully show them God loves them as well.”
— Crystal (last name left off to protect the family)