Foster Care/Adoption

Foster Care/Adoption

Our Adoption Story – The Halls

Nate and I always wanted to “have a family.” We were married young, at 18 and 21. We finished college early and jumped into our careers. This made us ready for a family early as well. As a couple, we desired to begin that growth through foster care. We assumed a biological child was eventually going to be a part of our family, and we were open to adoption as…

Our Adoption Story – The Wrights

Ephesians 1:5, “He chose us before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love, He predestined us for Adoption as sons and daughters through Jesus Christ according to the purpose of His will.” I’ve learned that a big misperception of our personal adoption story, and many others like us, is that Aaron and I were unable to grow a…

Our Adoption Story – The Kilgores

Our Lake Valley family has been such a big part of our adoption story. We will forever be grateful for all the prayers and support which began years ago when we first went through the process and have carried us through today. We are also thankful for our network of friends who have adopted or fostered. When talking to our kids about sharing our story, there are very…

CASA

For over a year now, I have been a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA. This is something God called me to do about four years ago at an event at Lake Valley Community Church. I was deeply called to be a voice, an advocate for foster children. You see, I was in foster care as an infant and was adopted into an abusive family. However, I told God this would be too…

Team Hall

Have you ever been picked first for a team? Whether it was for a pick-up basketball game or a class project, isn’t it just the best feeling to be chosen? You are publicly affirmed. You are wanted. You are seen as someone with a useful skill. As children, it is so important for us to have the experience of being chosen, valued, loved, accepted and affirmed. This serves as…

The Call to Care

The CALL continues to GROW! We are beyond proud that the Christian community continues to support all families that have opened their homes.  With the national average of retention after the 1st year of fostering being 38% remaining open, our 100% status is nothing short of a miracle from above and a testimony to the power of God’s people!  Thank you Lake Valley for…

The Call to Foster Care

Now is probably not the best time to ask me to write about the joys and wonders of fostering. I just spent the last fifteen minutes or so trying to get a two year old to understand that screaming and crying are not optimum communication styles. She is not convinced. In fact, she is quite demonstrably adamant that she has it right and I have it wrong. So, fostering can be…