For several months, I’ve been mentoring a young boy who is in relative foster care. More on that in a future blog, but for now, I want to say simply that working with an “older” kiddo has been one of the most profound and moving experiences of my life. He understands exactly how precious a family and/or mentor relationship can be and his gratitude for the time we spend together is matched only by mine.
If you want to grow your heart and spirit in ways you may never have imagined, MENTOR a youth in foster care. It may take as little as four hours a month or as much time as you and your mentee choose to spend together. There are some wonderful organizations like Big Brothers, Big Sisters to guide you.
Here in Oregon, we have Christian Family Adoptions and A Family For Every Child–both these adoption agencies have mentor programs and are eager to hear from adults who want to learn more about mentoring.
Most of you probably already know that Carolyn and I are adoptive mothers, so I want to touch a bit on adoption today, too. Every now again, we’re going to start featuring on the blog kids who might age out of the system with no family unless someone steps forward to make a connection. More details and statistics, too, in a future post regarding what happens when kids age out without a stable adult in their lives (unfortunately, it won’t be funny).
For now, there is a young man in China, who is about to age out of the system there, which allows for adoption only until the age of 14. He is blessed with a great foster mother. He needs a permanent one.
“Jordan’s” video grabbed my heart. Take a look and see if he grabs yours, too: http://coleman-bunkbeds.blogspot.com
Do you know anyone who might want a fantastic son? If so, share the link.
Lot of love,