November’s National Adoption Month is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families. National Adoption Day on November 23rd is an annual, one-day event that has made the dreams of thousands of children come true by working with policymakers, practitioners and advocates to finalize adoptions and create and celebrate adoptive families.
We celebrate the many foster care and adoptive parents who have opened their hearts and lives to our Maryhurst children. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent, please contact us at (502)499-1570 or visit https://www.maryhurst.org/foster-care-and-adoption/
Name: Ann Seaton
Residence: Bloomfield, Kentucky
How/Why did you decide to become a foster/adoptive parent? I have always loved people, especially children. I am so lucky to have been raised in a family who values God’s gifts of children. I wanted to share my love of children with those who could benefit the most.
When did you become involved with Maryhurst? 1997
What’s your favorite part of being a foster/adoptive parent? Seeing the children change into responsible, caring, mature adults; with self -confidence, better self-esteem and lots of love to share.
What are some of the challenges of foster/adoptive parenting? Getting enough sleep (just like a regular parent!). Connecting with each kid on whatever level they come to me. Helping them learn to relate to me.
What are some of the benefits of foster/adoptive parenting? Allowing me to challenge myself and the feeling of accomplishment when I see them learn and grow.
Anything you would like to add about your experience(s): It was very difficult for me to learn that it was my job to teach and the kids’ choice as to whether to learn or not
Anything you would like to share about your experience with Maryhurst: In the beginning, I thought I could bring these poor little kids home and love them. I thought they would just be so appreciative of their “new life.” I was wrong! I had to learn to relate to children who usually still loved their families regardless of how they had been treated. They felt like “If my own family doesn’t love me enough to treat me right, how can you?”
Adoptive Parent Feature
Name: Debbie and Roger Lance
Residence: Crestwood, Kentucky
How/Why did you decide to become a foster/adoptive parent? It was something I always wanted to do. As my biological children got older, I felt I wasn’t done yet.
When did you become involved with Maryhurst? 2008
What’s your favorite part of being a foster/adoptive parent? Watching the children grow and progress – just blossom.
What are some of the challenges of foster/adoptive parenting? Dealing with the court system/state agency and just not knowing what would happen.
What are some of the benefits of foster/adoptive parenting? Having more children around to care for, taking them out of foster care and receiving their love in return.
Anything you would like to add about your experience(s): Wouldn’t trade it for anything. The benefits outweigh the minor issues you deal with.
Anything you would like to chare about your experience with Maryhurst: Wonderful. I couldn’t ask for a better support system in Maryhurst. I tell everyone how the Maryhurst staff is there for you.
Adoptive Parent Feature
Name: Marcia Collins
Residence: Louisville, Kentucky
Why did you decide to become an adoptive parent? Because he had been in my home for such a long time, I was his only family and the only one he knew. Even my extended family embraced him.
When did you become involved with Maryhurst? In 1993, as a youth counselor. I became a foster parent in October 2007.
What’s your favorite part of being an adoptive parent? Starting over again as a parent since my own kids are grown and giving this child a forever home.
What are some of the challenges of foster/adoptive parenting? Starting over again. It can be bittersweet.
What are some of the benefits of foster/adoptive parenting? Sitting back and watching him grow up – to see what he will be like as an adult.
Anything you would like to add about your experience(s): It was very rough at first. He was a very hard child and there were times I was very much ready to give up but the support of my family and sons helped.
Anything you would like to share about your experience with Maryhurst: Maryhurst is a very supportive community. I don’t think I could have done it with out all the team.