Last year, I attended a foster parent training and something extraordinary happened.
Before class started, I walked over to say hi to a fellow foster mom. She was sitting with her foster child, a teenaged girl.
The three of us began to talk. Her teen foster daughter was cool. Smart. Funny. We talked about fantasy books and music and art.
And I walked away thinking, hey, we should consider fostering teens.
If that was my sole takeaway, that in itself would have been awesome.
But, last weekend, I saw that that teen girl is available for adoption. She’s listed on AdoptUSKids.
For the first time over the many years I’ve browsed AdoptUSKids, I actually know someone who is featured as searching for a family.
Her picture is a little dorky. The paltry eight sentences summing her up don’t do her justice. There’s no video. If I hadn’t met her, I probably would have skipped right over her entry.
But she is so much more than her profile on AdoptUSKids.
And then, as I was writing this blog, my husband popped over to where I was sitting at our dining room table.
And I said, hey remember that girl? She’s looking for a family.
And my husband says maybe we should think about adopting her. ADOPT?!?!?
This is mind blowing. Because we haven’t been planning to adopt anyone. Because we had never thought about adopting a teen. Because we already have two teens and I don’t know how they would feel about us adding a family member so close in age. Savvy is at boarding school and we don’t want her to feel like she’s being replaced. Silent One is a teen boy – is it weird as a teen to suddenly have a teen of the opposite gender be a family member? And how do you afford college? And the biggie – what’s a relationship with an adopted teen like?
I don’t know, people. How crazy is it to be considering this based off a short 5-10 minute conversation we had a year ago?