For National Adoption Month, we are sharing the testimony of Brother Josh and Sister Amy King from the Pinetop-Lakeside Branch, Arizona. (This is part two of the story.)
On January 5, 2018, we learned about a newborn baby boy who was removed from his parents and taken to the hospital. Due to my job as a social worker, I knew the biological parents’ history, and I also knew that this baby would eventually need an adoptive family.
Our family was acquainted with the families who had previously adopted this boy’s older siblings. I asked his social worker if we could be his placement, as I’d be willing to do regular visits with his siblings so he could grow up knowing them.
On January 10, we were chosen for his foster placement, and on the 17th, we met Nicoli Joshua, who we would eventually adopt as our son.
On May 18, 2019, we received the news that Nicoli now had a brand-new baby sister, Kinslee Elise. Unfortunately, this sweet, tiny girl was very sick and, although we were chosen as her foster family in May, it wasn’t until June 11 that she was well enough for us to bring her home.
We adopted Nicoli and Kinslee on November 20, 2019.
In June 2020, we decided to close our foster license and focus on the three blessings we had been given. Feeling our family was complete, we started giving away and selling our baby stuff.
Well…God had different plans.
In March, 2021, we found out that Nicoli and Kinslee’s biological mother was expecting another baby. Our minds went to another family who had adopted two of their brothers. We figured they would take this new baby.
On May 23, 2021, we got the call that a baby girl was born. A few days passed, and Josh and I were talking about this new baby girl. I said, “What happens if the other family doesn’t take her?” At this point, I was overwhelmed with emotions and felt the Spirit preparing me to take her. Josh answered without hesitation, “If you want this baby, we will take her. We can always buy new stuff.”
The very next day, the baby’s social worker called saying that the other family couldn’t take her. Would we be willing to? I immediately said, “Yes!!!!”
The worker started crying and I could hear her through the phone saying excitedly to her coworkers in the office, “The Kings said yes!”
She then said to me, “I’m so glad! We weren’t sure where to place her.”
On June 1, 2021, we met Parker Olivia in her hospital room, and on June 5, she came home with us. We are still fostering Parker. The adoption process is…quite a process. But God’s hand has moved and continues to.
Foster-to-adopt is a hard journey, and it has been so trying at times, but God had a beautiful plan, and our children were all meant to be ours.
If you can provide a loving home to a child in need, please trust Him and pray about it. You just might be a child’s missing piece.
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