We were towards the end of our PRIDE training when our PRIDE Trainer dropped a news bomb:
“If you are thinking you are going to adopt a baby, you need to quit thinking that. If you want to adopt a baby, you will have to foster.”
With no prior mention or warning, in all of our 40 hours worth of state-mandated classroom training, we were all stunned! One of the adoptive couples (our class was mostly made up of adoption only couples with but a few couples looking to foster/adopt) started to cry. Our trainer continued talking about how her supervisor wanted her to make that announcement (CPS pushes for foster families… I get it.). She went on to talk to us about how the system works, etc. But the baby bomb had been dropped.
Abortion has been the political ice cream flavor of the month lately. With news pieces on:
- A mentally disabled woman being given a court order to have an abortion against her will.
- Or even as a point of discussion in the recent Democratic Party debates.
The couples in our foster and adoption classes reminded me that there are MANY couples out there who want to adopt; couples who would love to adopt the baby of the disabled woman in the above linked article.
We have the choice to be a culture of life. A culture that fights for those who cannot speak in the womb. A culture that embraces adoption and gives life a chance.
You never know who that baby is going to grow up to be.