we celebrated a milestone in our youngest son’s life.
he became a permanent and forever part of our family when we adopted Hosea Kael Allen Harris.
this ended a 3 1/2 year ordeal that started with him being brought to our house straight from the hospital at 5 days old.
actually the story is starts in 2005 when God placed the thought of adoption in mine and Amy’s hearts. we were lying in bed on a Saturday morning listening to our girls rummage through the pantry in search of cereal and watch cartoons, when Amy turned to me and said, “we need to look into adopting a baby”. we had actually talked about adoption even before we got married, but we both agreed this is what God was leading us to.
we went to meeting at CPS down by Reliant Stadium in Houston. we were told there were no Anglo babies (which was fine because we really wanted a baby that needed us and that meant a minority or bi-racial child). we signed up for PRIDE classes. filled out more paperwork than we had ever seen in our lives. allowed every facet of our home, family and life to be examined with a finetooth comb. we got licensed as a foster/adoptive home. we had our homestudy and got a caseworker assigned, and we waited.
in July of 2006 we still had no placement and i was offered a job at a church in Frisco, so we moved and requested that all of our files be transferred to Collin County. the files finally arrived the week after Thanksgiving in 2006. we moved into our house in McKinney in January of 2007 and i began calling the CPS supervisor once a day until he assigned us a caseworker. she came and updated our home study the week before spring break, she went on vacation and on March 19th, they called and asked if we would take a Hispanic male child. we scrambled to get everything together that a newborn would need and they dropped him off at the house.
we were told his name was baby boy as the mom had left him at the hospital and not given him a name. we were told we could name him, so we called him Kael Allen Harris. then on day 6, mom decided she wanted him after all and gave him the name Jose Antonio Hernandez Guerrero, and so began the process.
CPS’s first goal is always reunification and we were supportive of that. we knew we may not get to keep him. we went to all of the meetings with the birth mom and took him to his visits.
during this time, we received another call from CPS asking if we would be interested in another little boy. he was free and clear for adoption, but he didn’t fit our criteria because he was white with blonde hair and blue eyes. we went to meet him and saw that he needed a family like we could provide, so in May we brought Dakota Wayne Welch home and in November of 2007, we adopted John Kooper Harris
flash forward to June of 2008. birth mom has not met her requirements and CPS thinks that termination is in the best interest for Jose. CPS wins the case and we think it’s over, but it’s not. the case goes to appeals. in May of 2009 we receive a call saying the Appellate Court has thrown the case out on technicalities. CPS appeals to the Supreme Court and in January of 2010,the Supreme Court says the Appellate Court has to look at the case. The court upholds the original ruling in May of 2010 and hands down it’s mandate in August of 2010. that is kindof a whirlwind of what happened minus the hurricane of emotions that we were going through. we just never thought it was going to be over, that there was not going to be permanence for our son. what relief when we finally had him put in adoptive placement, and even more so when the judge said he was ours forever.
we are so thankful to God and to all of the family, friends, church members and even perfect strangers who prayed, contributed funds, and offered support to us. we believe that God has placed these boys in our home so that He might receive the glory for what their lives become. we promise to train them and teach them about Jesus Christ. we pray that as they come to know Him, that they will do amazing things for the kingdom of God.
we held to this bible verse all through this story.
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 you.
Every 15 seconds another child becomes an AIDS orphan in Africa
Every DAY 5,760 more children become orphans
Every YEAR 2,102,400 more children become orphans (in Africa alone)
143,000,000 orphans in the world today spend an average of 10 years in an orphanage or foster home
Approximately 250,000 children are adopted annually, but…
Every YEAR 14,050,000 still grow up as orphans and age out of the system
Every DAY 38,493 children age out of the system
Every 2.2 seconds a child ages out with no family and no place to call home
Many of these children become orphans not because of death, but because their parents can’t take care of them, or just don’t want them
we who call ourselves followers of Jesus Christ can make a difference. either you have space or you have resources. i once heard John Piper say to young people, “so you are going to stand before the almighty God of the universe someday and say, Have you seen my boat? that is a TRAGEDY” what can you do to help the orphans of your city, your country, your world?
there are many things you can do. you can be a foster parent or an adoptive parent. you can be a Court Appointed Special Advocate or CASA. you can adopt children across the world through organizations like Compassion , World Vision or Every Orphan’s Hope. you can help other people adopt by contributing to adoption grants at sites like Show Hope
will you be obedient to God and help these many little ones who need your help? i would encourage you to, it will change your life.