As an adoptive mother myself, I found the opportunity to review a book on adoption, an incredibly exciting opportunity.
In Wait No More Author Kelly Rosati shares the ups and downs of foster-to-adopt parening. "I kept thinking God was challenging us," Kelly writes, "asking us if we'd just pass by. Or would we be like the Good Samaritan who did something about the person in need right in front of him?"
Through a series of chance opportunities mixed with divine intervention, John and Kelly Rosati found themselves the parents of four children that truly needed a home. And as she tells the story of Danielle, Anna, Joshua, and Hope, she talks about foster-parent adoption in frank and real ways, sharing both the joys and the difficulties involved with navigating the legal system in the course of those adoptions.
There are over 130 million orphans worldwide. John and Kelly couldn't adopt all of them. But they could adopt 4 of them. Adopting through the foster care system requires special parents. Even as an adoptive parent myself, I am not sure it is a system that I will ever feel comfortable navigating.
I was hoping Kelly's book would encourage me to jump into the game. Instead, I felt a bit defeated at the complexity and emotions involved in becoming parents this way. And while the story itself was interesting and the book an easy read, John and Kelly's story was very personal to their family. She didn't include much in the way of advice, encouragement, or suggestions. Instead she stuck to retelling their own piece of the adoption pie.
The Rosatis strongly believe that God's sultion for oprhaned children in the foster care system involves ordinary Christians desiring to live out the Lord's commandments -- not just through words but through actions. I definitely agree. If every three churches in the U.S. combined to adopt and support one child, we would have no more orphans in our country. That's pretty amazing.
Kelly's book will provide you the hard facts about adopting through the system. It is not easy. It is a hard system to wade through. There are chances many times throughout a child's adoption for them to be returned to their birth family or to another family member.
However, you will see in Kelly's words that love prevails. That their four children were destined to be their children from the moment of their conception. And that is a story worth reading.
***Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.