Sunday, October 24, 2010
Large special needs family in California
We are a very large family built through adoption. As such, many people are curious about our family life. We are often asked questions about our family. "How do the boys get along with each other?" "What does your family do for fun?" "Do you have any pets?" "What does Christmas look like at your house?"
For some of our children, our family is their first family. Prior to joining our family they may have lived in hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages or group homes. Other children have had multiple family experiences. Some have been abusive and other have simply "not worked out." Many of the boys joined our family through the state foster care system, other through international adoptions, still others through disrupted adoptions, finally a few through private adoptions. Our children have come from all over the world with many different life experiences, as well as, a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. It is our job then, as their forever mom and dad, to bring all of these strangers together and form a well-bonded and loving family.
This is the Silcock family in California. I started talking to Ann several years
ago when we first entered the adoption process.
Her heart is to take in only special needs BOYS.
The saddest realization for me was that many of these precious children came from nursing homes, private homes, orphanages and even hospitals.
Many "put away" because they were not wanted.
And many of these children still linger in the United States.... yes I said United
States without homes.
How can this be? In a country so full of blessing how can we let children linger
in nursing homes? It breaks my heart.
Thank you Ann for giving these children a forever home.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
In this video her sons sings of how his life has changed since being in her home.