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I couldn't see our lives any other way
Niki B., adoptive parent in Troy, Texas
My story starts when I was three months old. I was adopted from a childrens home and grew up with a wonderful family. When I turned 20, I married and became pregnant in the first year. Three years after having our first son, our second was born, but the pregnancy had complications and as a result I could no longer have children. At the time, our newborn and his special needs was our top priority.
A few years went by and we decided adoption was an option. We couldn't afford private adoption so we looked at other options including Child Protective Services, and soon after, we took PRIDE classes. Six months after we graduated, I received a call from my caseworker - two half sisters aged 5 months and 17 months became available. The older girl had some special needs - we couldn't take her anywhere with a lot of people or noise - and it was quite an adjustment because one of my sons was into several different sports and played in the band. Im happy to say we adopted both girls and over the years, our daughter has overcome a lot of problems with help from special schools and doctors.
Although we went into this with the intention of just adopting, we have taken on more responsibility. Two and a half years later, we have now also fostered 13 children. I couldn't see our lives any other way. God had a purpose for me 37 years ago when I was at the childrens home waiting to be adopted. We will continue to foster children as long as God blesses us with them.
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