Keeper of His Home

by Chelsea McCafferty

Foster/Adoption

**** Our efforts to become certified foster/adoption parents have stopped for the time being as I deal with beating Chronic Lyme Disease. My prayer is that one day I will be healthy enough to come back and finish the certification. We have so much love to offer and desire to fill this home with children, but we have to wait on the Lord and trust that His timing is perfect. Thank you for your prayers!

 

 

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We have been working hard at the McCafferty casa to prepare for the home study that will determine whether we are qualified for foster/adoption certification. Just to give you an update on the process, we have completed the nine-week “Pride” course, which was over 27 hours of instruction on everything related to foster care and adoption. We made some great friends in the class and learned so much about the process, the potential issues, how to care of traumatized children, how to relate to them, etc.

There is much more to the process than one might first realize, including taking the kids for parent visits sometimes up to three times a week for two or more hours at a time, the filing of their important medical information at every doctor’s visit, the specific details of the court process, and more. At the end of the course, we are ever-more determined that this is something we can and desire to do. We are willing to put the work in and willing to put our own hearts on the line to love these children who need it so badly. We will do whatever we have to do be ready for them.

We have also completed a DEI (drug exposed infant) class to learn how to care for children who have been exposed to drugs and alcohol in the womb. Now we are scheduled to complete a CPR class on June 21st, and that will be the last class on our list for foster certification. We will also need to go to an adoptions orientation once this part of the process is completed. We have done our livescan fingerprints, and soon we will be filling out a pile of forms to hand in with our formal application. Here’s where it gets hard!

Once we hand in our official application, we have 140 days to get licensed. If it doesn’t happen in that time, the county is obligated to throw out our application and start again. The problem is, we wouldn’t be able to apply again for two years. So, we need to be pretty confident that our home will pass inspection before we hand in the application. As many of you know, we live in an old house (like built in 1907 old). There has been a lot of work done on it and it’s in good shape. We do have some more work that needs to be done (several smallish jobs) and also some items to purchase to be ready. We have been blessed by a few men who have stepped forward to help with the more complicated construction work.

Below I’ll share a list of the things we need to do/buy before app day. While they are mostly small expenditures, they do add up. If you feel called to help in any way, we definitely are open to receiving as we trust the Lord to provide for these needs. If you have something on the list that you are willing to give, let me know. We already been gifted many items for our future kiddos. Also, if you are interested in donating monetarily to help with the purchase of items, we have an online fund set up at GoFundMe. Just click there to go to the site.

Thanks so much for your prayers, encouragement and support! We are so excited for what the Lord is going to do. Many nights I lay in bed and just think about the children out there who need stability, safety and love. My heart is so willing and ready. We are leaving the rest to the Lord. They are His children whom He loves.

Items Needed:

Daybed/twin bed

Window A/C for back bedroom

Glass window replace in kitchen

A/C repair in Chels’ car

Fire Extinguisher

Complete First Aid Kit

Bathtub

Tot locks

Donate Monetarily

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphansand widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” James 1:27

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For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in.” Psalm 27:10

When my parents have failed me, forsaken me, abandoned me, neglected me and harmed me….where can I go? Starting these classes for the foster/adoption certification has been quite an interesting journey for me. I find myself feeling very sensitive during the classes because of the difficult issues we need to discuss, but also feeling more and more confident that I would like to spend my life making a difference in the lives of children who need to be cared for, loved and shown that God is there for them. There can be fewer callings more difficult to go through and yet fewer more rewarding.

I tend to get tears in my eyes at each class meeting, and I know that there are others in the same boat. At the last class, one lady read us a book about baby bunnies saying goodbye to their bunny mommy and going to live with the kitty family. I just ached inside. We were asked to consider what we would feel like if we were the birth parents who had children that were removed and put into foster care. It’s something I find it very hard to even think about without crying. I know God has given me a sensitive heart so that I can relate to and love any children He sends our way, but I also know I have the strength through His Spirit to do this.

We are going to be adopting through the foster care system, though as provisions allow in the future I would like to continue to provide foster care as well. I’ve been meditating on the idea of adoption, and what that means from a Christian perspective. God is the Father and Author of adoption after all. It is by adoption through faith in Jesus Christ that we are welcomed into His family and made the sons and daughters of the Most High God. God tells us to care for the orphans and widows. He ignites in us a spirit of adoption to open up hearts and homes to those who need it most.

To redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” Galatians 4:5-7

You know, in Jesus’ time on earth, adoption was a matter of great importance. When a family adopted a child, to that family and to the community, there was no difference between the adopted child and the birth child. They were equal members of the family and equal heirs. I love that through adoption we can cry out to God and say “Abba Father”! This was a title reserved and used only by the children of the master. Servants could call the master “father” but not this form of the word “Abba Father”. This was an intimate, family relationship. It is such a marvelous expression of adoption.

I have started praying for the child/ren that God will bring to our home. They may or may not already be born. I pray for their safety, their needs to be met and for their precious hearts to be guarded. I pray that God will open doors and clear paths of any obstacles we may come across. I pray for provisions to prepare our home to meet all certification requirements. Mostly I just pray that God would somehow speak to the hearts of all of the little ones who are being neglected, abused, abandoned and harmed in any way that He loves them and that He will never forsake them.

We appreciate your continued prayers as we continue on this journey. We know spiritual attack will come. The enemy doesn’t want these children in loving, Christian homes. We know that we face obstacles that others may not have. We don’t have much in terms of material wealth to offer a child, but when it comes to the most important things (love, family stability, God) we have in abundance. We know the Lord will take care of the rest! Thanks for your prayers!

 

*If you feel called to help us on this journey to getting certified, we do have a few needs. We need to make some alterations on our home and yard to meet qualifications and we also need some furniture, etc for the little ones to come. We will be having periodic yard sales to raise funds. Also we have an online donation page to accept monetary donations. If you feel called to help in this way, we appreciate it and thank you. God is good and we are trusting in Him completely to supply and to provide according to His timing and will. Click HERE to go to our fundraising page. Thanks and God bless!

 

Foster Adoption Journey

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William and I are very excited to be sharing some news with you. After many years of prayerful consideration, we feel confirmed that God is leading us to open our home to children whom He will send our way through the county foster/adoption program. This has been a big decision and one that we don’t take lightly. We believe God calls us to care for the “orphans” of this world, and we know He has put a deep love in our hearts for children.

As some of you may know, I have struggled with issues of infertility. The Lord blessed us with one daughter naturally, which was such an incredible blessing. We thank the Lord daily for her. I always felt that I wanted to have a big family. I would have been the lady with ten kids if the Lord had allowed. I know He has thus far not allowed that path, though I still pray for more children naturally, but perhaps His reasons for closing wombs is sometimes to encourage families to make loving homes for those children who have experienced abandonment, abuse, neglect, etc.

If the Lord allows for us to adopt this way, we will be so incredibly joyful. We know there is room in our home and in our hearts for more children. So we step out in faith and trust that He will open the right doors and close the wrong ones. We ask you to join us as partners in prayer as we start this process. It will be a long one with many obstacles, no doubt! We sincerely appreciate your support.

One area we definitely need prayer and support is in preparing our home for the home inspections and to meet requirements, which can be strict. Below I have compiled a list of things we need and need to do in our home before we are ready. While we are able to support our family, the extra expense will be difficult. We are asking for the help of friends and family in any way you feel called.

If you have any of the items we need and are willing to donate, we love hand-me-downs! If you can help with some of the labor, we would appreciate it (we may be planning a work day). If you would like to donate towards the cost of alterations to the house and purchasing supplies, we have an account set up to accept monetary donations towards the cause. This money will only be spent on purchasing supplies and preparing the home for the children, who may be out there right now waiting for us to bring them home. Any help would be greatly appreciated. To donate click HERE

Items Needed:

Crib (not drop-down or re-called)

A/C in my car fixed

Carseat for infant (need met, thanks Michelle!)

Playpen (need met, Thanks Melinda!)

Stroller

Tot locks

Bathtub (and to have it installed)

Small dresser (need met, Thanks Melinda!)

Supplies for babies (diapers, wipes, bottles, etc)

Supplies for dog run (hogwire, connectors, etc)

Window replace in kitchen

*** Play area supplies for backyard (desired)

Work Needed

Yard:

Backyard clean up and hole fill

Build dog run with shelter

Fix broken fence and gate

Replace vents below house

Design play area for kids

Laundry Room:

Clean out/organize

Build/buy shelves and organize safely

Kitchen:

Replace window with crack

Tot locks on cleaning supplies, knives and meds

Bathroom;

Replace tub and caulking

Kid’s Room:

Work on closet, space for two

Another small dresser/reorganize

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