Here’s another story of adoption!
In love He destined us for adoption to Himself – Ephesians 1:5
It was inevitable that Kenny and Allison would end up being adoptive parents. Both were adopted as little ones, and it just seemed that adoption was the path their lives would take. After struggling with infertility (they did eventually give birth to a baby girl), they decided together that they would pursue becoming foster/adoptive parents. They believed strongly that they had much love to give to a child in need.
They decided to adopt out of the foster care system after researching the financial aspects of adoption. In most cases, there are no legal fees attached to the adoption of children out of the system in the United States. Some of their concerns about adopting out of foster care were not knowing all the information regarding a child’s background and medical history. Also, the child’s history of abuse and neglect should always be taken into consideration when exploring foster care adoption. Their daughter, Sheridan, was only 3-years-old at the time and was very excited about becoming a big sister. Kenny and Allison had to keep her in mind when considering children in the system who were in need of adoption.
They were licensed in 2005 and matched with Julian in April of 2006. He was 18-months-old at the time of placement into their home. They had considered other children, but decided not to pursue them. This, according to Allison, was one of the hardest parts of the process. She found herself thinking, “Who was I to decide which children to pursue or not due to their family history?”
Julian, now 8-years-old, is described as being a “rough and tumble” Momma’s boy. He is happy, loving, and very inquisitive about how things work in the world. His background leans to him being impulsive and having some challenging behaviors. Allison is a special education teacher and admits that it is hard to parent a child with special needs.
They have learned though that advocating for Julian’s needs is a priority and not to compare him to their daughter. Sheridan is a gifted, respectful, and well-mannered young lady. Others may expect Julian to be just like his sister, but Kenny and Allison recognize that their children had very different starts to life. With that being said, their children have many similarities and are brother and sister through and through.
Their family joke is that their daughter Sheridan is the only living being in the house who is not adopted. They even adopted their dog! It is evident that the Lord ordained adoption for the lives of Kenny and Allison from the very beginning as babies who were adopted to their journey as parents now. They too are passing along the blessed legacy of adoption to their children and have played a vital role in giving one little boy a family and love that will last a lifetime.