After helping thousands of adoptive parents find their way through the journey of adoption, I can say unequivocally that God’s hand is at work today. I have a beautiful perspective from which to see Him guiding these precious children to the home that He ultimately desires for them.
I believe that He also has a plan for you and for your child. Trust in His guidance and His plans for you. And never forget that there is a baby for you!
The following was excerpted from my book Called to Adoption, and it shares how to keep God a part of your adoption journey. This was the key to my adoption success, and I pray it will be the central focus of yours, as well.
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common.”
It is important to have Christian fellowship throughout the course of your adoption—before, during, and after. Surround yourselves with those who understand what you are going through. They need to lift you up and not beat you down when they don’t understand what you are feeling during your wait for a baby or as your adoption becomes final. Many people don’t have enough experience in adoption as it is today and, therefore, can’t be as helpful as someone who has been in your shoes and has had the same fears and concerns as only adoptive parents have.
As Vice President of Lifetime Adoption, Heather Featherston holds an MBA and is passionate about working with those facing adoption, pregnancy, and parenting issues. Heather has conducted training for birth parent advocates, spoken to professional groups, and has appeared on television and radio to discuss the multiple aspects of adoption. She has provided one-on-one support to women and hopeful adoptive parents working through adoption decisions.
Since 2002, she has been helping pregnant women and others in crisis to learn more about adoption. Heather also trains and speaks nationwide to pregnancy clinics to effectively meet the needs of women who want to explore adoption for their child. Today, she continues to address the concerns women have about adoption and supports the needs of women who choose adoption for their child.
As a published author of the book Called to Adoption, Featherston loves to see God’s hand at work every day as she helps children and families come together through adoption.