32 – Adoption & Foster Care

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. – James 1:27

On any given day, there are nearly 428,000 children in foster care in the United States. In 2015, over 670,000 children spent time in U.S. foster care.

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Doug & Ammie Sullivent

Doug and Ammie Sullivent have been married for 28 years. We have three biological children, one adopted son, a son-in-law and a precious granddaughter.  Our son, Trenton, came into our lives via a kinship fostering/adoption on his 4th birthday. Trenton just turned ten years old and he has now been our son for six of those years. What a blessing!

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Jeff & Mindy Wiggins

We are the Wiggins family (Jeff, Mindy, Amyra, and Hudson).  We were blessed to adopt two special needs children—Amyra in 2012 and Hudson in 2017.  They remind us every day of the far-reaching power of God’s love and grace.

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Lukas & Kayla Cheney

We were blessed November 2013 when we brought our oldest son home from the hospital at 2 days old. The adoption was not finalized for 522 days. During that time the Lord blessed us with another son biologically. (I don’t like the term “naturally” because there is nothing “unnatural” about adoption). This is an ongoing process with maintaining relationships with half siblings and biological parents, but we wouldn’t trade it for anything.

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Nathan & Beth Phillips

Nathan and Beth Phillips are biological parents to three children ages 9, 7 and 3. They have more than once proclaimed there was almost no way they could ever handle the unknowns of foster care, and are now about a year into their stint as foster parents to a little girl who just celebrated her first birthday. A year into the journey and still having no idea what the finish line will look like for them or their sweet girl, God has changed and is still changing everyday their hearts and opening their eyes to the importance of foster care, birth families, the cycle of poverty and grace upon grace upon grace.

We were grateful to have a round table discussion with the Cheneys, Phillips, Wiggins, Sullivents and Pastor Casey Cariker about what it means to love and serve the forgotten.

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