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Adoption from Foster - Ginn Journey to Adoption #1

adoption through foster care

While sitting at a Reds game on July 30, 2014, I received a call, a call similar to the ones that I had received numerous times before, a call asking if our family was willing to accept an emergency (same-day) placement of an infant. Jeff and I had an agreement that whenever we received a call, we would say, "yes" and allow God to determine whether we were the right house for the kiddo(s) for however long they needed. So, as typical, I said "yes" that we were open to the placement, expecting to receive another call an hour or so later stating that placement was no longer necessary (which is common). However, I soon received a call back stating that the placing social worker would be at my home in ONE HOUR! Needless to say, we rushed home from the game, and Cruz arrived at our door only minutes after us!

Cruz's Gotcha Day Celebration
I can still remember signing the placement paperwork so excited to finally have a little boy in our home (after four girls, I was ready to buy blue clothes and footballs!). Jeff and I did not go into foster care expecting to adopt quickly. We envisioned tens of placements before adoption became a realistic discussion. We knew that we would fall in love with every child placed in our home and that we would mourn when they left, but we felt that we were called to provide temporary care for these children. However, God had a different plan because only a couple of placements in, and we were meeting the next Ginn!
479 days in home and then permanency

Permanent Custody was granted to the State in May 2015, and the Match Meeting occurred about five weeks later. Before we knew it, we were on the road to permanency with this sweet boy! We knew that it often took 4-6 months between the formal Match and Adoption Finalization, so we patiently enjoyed our time! We were asked to participate in National Adoption Day, which was being honored by the Court in our county on November 20, 2015, and we eagerly agreed. We were so excited that after living with us for 476 days, Cruz would no longer be a legal orphan but instead would be legally recognized as our SON!

Ginn kiddos and cousins at court
There is absolutely nothing I would change, even if I could, about the day of Cruz's adoption finalization! IT WAS AN ABSOLUTELY PERFECT DAY! We had around 30 of our family and friends come to court to celebrate with us, and well over 100 come to Cruz's celebration (super hero style) that evening. Every time I look through photos of the day, I am overwhelmed. We have been so blessed to be surrounded by so many amazing foster children and adopted children. I constantly hear people saying they are unwilling to provide foster care services because they are concerned it would be "too hard" on them or their children. I can honestly say that hearing my children explain for their schoolmates why foster care is important and what it means to them is one of the greatest joys of parenting to me. Raising children truly takes a village. Our family has been embraced by an amazing village of supporters. I pray that every child in the temporary or permanent custody of the State, can come to know the love and support that Cruz has found because so many people have chosen to be our village. 

Adoption has so many layers to it, and our society often wants to focus on the difficult and "ugly" layers surrounding it. I urge you to see beyond that and to focus on these children. There are more than 115,000 children LEGALLY FREE for adoption who need families to give them the permanency and stability that they long for! If you are interested in becoming a foster or adoptive parent to provide care for kiddo(s) in State custody, I can assure you that there is a HUGE need for you! Consider being a temporary or permanent family for a child longing for it!