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700 Club Interactive: Caring for Orphans - May 6, 2014

A feral child – abused, unable to talk or even eat solid foods. Then, one day she found a home. See how love changed her life. Read Transcript


Gordon: INSIDE A HOME

FILLED WITH COCKROACHES.

TENS OF THOUSANDS OF THEM

CRUNCHING UNDER YOUR FEET AS

YOU WALK.

Gordon: LIVED A

7-YEAR-OLD GIRL.

THIS IS BY FAR, BAR NONE,

THE WORST CASE OF CHILD

NEGLECT I'VE EVER COME

ACROSS AND MY CAREER.

Gordon: MEET THE GIRL

IN THE WINDOW.

THERE IS A LITTLE GIRL IN

THERE, AND SHE IS

REACHABLE.

Gordon: ON "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

ON "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE,"

WE USE TECHNOLOGY TO PRAY

FOR EACH OTHER AND EXPLORE

TOPICS THAT MATTER TO YOU.

WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

THE WORLD TODAY.

HELLO, AND WELCOME TO

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

NEARLY 10 YEARS AGO, ON

JULY 13th, 2005, A SQUAD

CAR PULLED UP TO A ROTTING

HOME IN WEST FLORIDA.

INSIDE LIVED A WOMAN WITH A

77 I.Q., HER BOYFRIEND, AND

TWO ADULT CHILDREN.

Terry: TWO OFFICERS

WALKED IN THE DOOR THAT DAY

AND WERE NOT PREPARED FOR

WHAT THEY SAW INSIDE.

MONTHS LATER, BERNIE AND

DIANE LEE ROY FOUND OUT THAT

SOMETHING ELSE WAS IN THAT

SAME HOUSE, THE GIRL THAT

WOULD BECOME THEIR

DAUGHTER.

Reporter: BERNIE AND

DIANE HAVE ALWAYS ENJOYED

HAVING A LARGE FAMILY.

AFTER FOUR OUT OF THEIR FIVE

BOYS WERE GROWN AND OUT OF

THE HOUSE, THEY DECIDED IT

WAS TIME TO ADD A DAUGHTER

TO THE FAMILY.

THIS TIME BY ADOPTION.

THE FAMILY ATTENDED AN

ADOPTION EVENT WHERE MORE

THAN 100 AVAILABLE CHILDREN

MET PERSPECTIVE PARENTS.

THOUGH DIANE WAS SURROUNDED

BY DOZENS OF HEALTHY

CHILDREN, SHE WAS DRAWN TO A

GRAINY BLACK AND WHITE PHOTO

OF A GIRL WHO WAS UNABLE TO

ATTEND THAT DAY.

WHEN I SAW DANIELLE'S

PICTURE THAT DAY ON THE BILL

TI BULLETIN BOARD, I JUST

FELT DRAWN TO HER.

MOSTLY WHAT THEY WOULD

TELL US IS YOU DON'T WANT

HER.

AND IT'S, LIKE, WELL, WE

REALLY WANT TO KNOW MORE.

FINALLY ONE OF THE LADIES

TOLD ME WIFE, THERE IS

SOMETHING WRONG WITH HER.

SHE IS NOT UP TO PAR.

Reporter: DESPITE THE

DIRE WARNING, THE COUPLE

FOLLOWED UP WITH THE AGENCY

TO FIND OUT MORE OF THE

CHILD.

IN 2007, MY NEW PARTNER

AND I WERE DISPATCHED TO

THIS LOCATION BECAUSE OF AN

ALLEGED NEGLECT OF A FEMALE

CHILD WAS ALL WE HAD.

WHEN WE GOD HERE THAT

PARTICULAR DAY, THE

INVESTIGATOR HAD ALREADY

BEEN INSIDE THE HOUSE

WITHOUT US, AND SHE WAS

ALREADY BACK OUT AND SHE WAS

LEANING AGAINST HER CAR AND

CRYING, SOBBING.

WHEN I APPROACHED HER, I

SAID, WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

DID THEY ASSAULT YOU?

AND SHE SAID, NO, IT IS JUST

THE WORST CASE I HAVE EVER

SEEN.

AT THAT TIME, MY PARTNER HAD

TO GO OUTSIDE BECAUSE OF THE

ANIMAANANIMAL FECES AND THE

COACH ROACHES, TENS OF

THOUSANDS OF THEM CRUNCHING

UNDER YOUR FEET.

THERE WAS NO BED IN THE

ROOM.

THERE WAS A BOXSPRING

MATTRESS ON THE FLOOR.

IT HAD BEEN SOILED MANY,

MANY TIMES.

THERE WAS A PIPE OF DIAPERS

IN THE CORNER THAT WERE

STACKED OVER AND OVER.

AND THERE WAS INSECT

ACTIVITY ON THE DIAPERS.

IN THE CORNERç OF THE ROOM

THERE WAS A CHILD,

DANIELLE.

Reporter: WHEN THE

DETECTIVE FOUND DANIELLE,

SHE WAS SEVEN YEARS OLD AND

WEIGHED 46 POUNDS.

SHE COULDN'T TALK, RESPOND

TO OTHERS, OR EACH SOLID

FOOD.

SHE WAS ç A TRUE FERAL

CHILD.

AND AS FAR AS WE KNEW,

SHE HAD NEVER BEEN OUTSIDE.

I'VE BEEN IN LAW 27 YEARS,

AND THIS IS BY FAR, BAR

NONE, THE WORST CASE OF

CHILD NEGLECT I'VE EVER COME

ACROSS.

Reporter: HER MOTHER

LOST HER RIGHTS TO THE

CHILD, AND DANIELLE WAS SENT

TO THE HOSPITAL RIGHT AWAY.

IT MADE ME ANGRY.

IT MADE ME CRY, TO READ HOW

SHE WAS KEPT AND THE

CONDITIONS SHE WAS FOUND

IN.

IT WAS SURPRISING SHE

ACTUALLY LIVED THROUGH ALL

SH SHE-SHE LIVED SHE LIVED

THROUGH.

Reporter: THE DOCTORS

INFORMED THE THE COUPLE THAT

HER BASIC NEEDS WOULD BE

OVERWHELMING.

WHEN WE READ PSYCHIATRIC

REPORTS ON DANIELLE, IT WAS

VERY DISCOURAGING.

SHE WAS FUNCTIONING BETWEEN

0 AND 6 MONTHS, ON PRETTY

MUCH ALL OF THE LEVELS OF

DEVELOPMENT, OTHER THAN SHE

WAS ABLE TO WALK.

SHE GREW UP SO ISOLATED FROM

THE WORLD, IT LEFT A

LIFE-LONG IMPACT ON HER

ABILITY TO RELATE TO

OTHERS.

Reporter: BUT BERNIE

AND DIANE KNEW DANIELLE WAS

STILL SUPPOSED TO BE A PART

OF THEIR FAMILY.

AS THEY MOVED THROUGH THE

ADOPTION PROCESS, DANIELLE

LIVED IN A GROUP HOME.

SHE ATTENDED SCHOOL FOR THE

FIRST TIME AND WAS PLACED IN

SPECIAL EDUCATION CLASSES.

THIS IS WHERE BERNIE AND

DINEIA DIANE MET HER.

I THINK OUR CONFIDENCE

WAS DURING THE FIRST FEW

VISITS WE HAD AT DANIELLE'S

SCHOOL, WHEN EVERY TIME WE

CAME, SHE WOULD DO SOMETHING

NEW THAT SHE HADN'T DONE

BEFORE.

AND SHE MADE EYE CONTACT

WITH BERNIE AND SHE ACTUALLY

REACHED OUT TO HIM.

AND, YES, THERE IS A REAL

PERSON IN THERE, AND SHE IS

REACHABLE, AND IT IS NOT

GOING TO BE EASY, BUT WE CAN

MAKE SOME PROGRESS HERE.

Reporter: AND BERNIE'S

RESOLVE WAS SOLIDIFIED AFTER

A DREAM.

I FELT THE LORD WHO

HANDED HER TO ME, AND HE

SAID, THIS IS MINE TO GIVE

TO YOU.

HE SAID, TAKE CARE OF HER.

Reporter: ON

OCTOBER 29, 2007, THE FORMER

FERAL CHILD BECAME DANIELLE

LEROY, AND FOR THE FIRST

TIME IN HER LIFE SHE HAD A

LOVING FAMILY.

WHEN WE FIRST GOT

DANIELLE, WE DIDN'T KNOW FE

IF WE COULD POTTY TRAIN HER

OR IF SHE COULD EVER EAT

WITH A FORK AND SPOON.

BUT YOU JUST SAY, WE'LL TAKE

HER AS FAR AS SHE CAN GO.

SHE IS MY KID, AND THAT'S

IT.

SOMETIMES IT IS A 24/7

THING, BUT THERE ALWAYS

REWARDS.

Reporter: TODAY

DANIELLE LIVES IN A LIVELY

TENNESSEE FARM WITH HER

PARENTS AND HAS MADE

STUNNING PROGRESS.

SHE USES THE BATHROOM.

SHE SWIMS.

SHE GOES HORSEBACK RIDING.

SHE DOES A LOT SELF-CARE

TASKS.

EVEN THOUGH THEY SEEMS LIKE

SMALL COMPLISHESZ,

ACCOMPLISHMENTS, THEY ARE

HUGE FOR HER BECAUSE SHE HAS

GONE WAY BEYOND ANY OF THE

EXPECTATIONS THE EXPERTS

THOUGHT.

SHE IS WORKING ON A

PICTURE EXCHANGE SYSTEM,

WHERE SHE GIVES ME THE

PICTURE AND I GIVE HER THE

OBJECT.

AND SHE IS WORKING ON MONEY,

IDENTIFYING COINS.

SHE WORKS ON COLORS AND

SORTING AND, OF COURSE, LIFE

SKILLS IN GENERAL.

SHE WANTS SOMEONE TO

CHALLENGE HER.

SHE WANTS TO BE TAUGHT.

SHE WANTS TO LEARN.

I THINK A LOT OF IT HAS

TO COME FROM GOD.

AND SHE FEELS SAFE.

SHE FEELS SECURE.

SHE'S ARRIVED AT THE PLACE

WHERE SHE WAS MEANT TO BE.

Reporter: DANIELLE'S

VICTORIOUS SPIRIT HAS MADE

WAVES ALL OVER THE WORLD.

HER STORY WAS COVERED IN A

PULITZER PRIZE WINNING

ARTICLE.

WHEN HER STORY RAN, HER

FORMER ADOPTION AGENCY WAS

FLOODED, AS THOUSANDS OF

PEOPLE LOGGED ON TO CONSIDER

ADOPTION.

AND THE COUPLE HAVE WRITTEN

A STORY

ENTITLED, "DANIELLE'S

STORIES."

I THINK THE BEAUTIFUL

THING ABOUT ADOPTION IS A

CHILD IS GETTING A SECOND

CHANCE.

THERE ARE SO MANY CHILDREN

THAT NEED FOSTER HOMES AND

ADOPTIVE HOMES.

THERE ARE SO MANY REWARDING

THINGS IN WATCHING A CHILD

THAT HAS COME TO YOU BROKEN

AND DISCOURAGED, JUST

WATCHING THEM FLOURISH AND

GROW AND BLOSSOM.

THERE IS A HUGE REWARD AND A

HUGE JOY THERE.

Terry: WELL, GOD PUTS

THE LONELY IN FAMILIES.

THAT'S WHAT HE SAYS IN HIS

WORD.

FAMILY IS HIS IDEA.

IT IS WHERE CHILDREN RECEIVE

NURTURE AND LOVE.

AND AS HER MOM SAID, SHE

FEELS SAFE HERE.

WE CAN'T REALLY OPEN OUR

HEARTS TO LOVE IF WE'VE BEEN

WOUNDED AND WE'RE IN AN

UNSAFE PLACE.

GOD NEVER CALLS US TO

ANYTHING WE AREN'T EQUIPPED

FOR, AND, BOY, HAS HE

EQUIPPED THE LEROY FAMILY.

YOU CAN READ IT IN THEIR

BOOK, CALLED "DANIELLE'S

STORY."

IT IS A JOURNEY FROM NEGLECT

TO LOVE.

GORDON?

Gordon: UP NEXT, A

FAMILY WHO HAS THEIR OWN

UNITED NATIONS RIGHT IN

THEIR LIVING ROOM.

MEET THEM AND THEIR 12

EXTRAORDINARY CHILDREN FROM

ALL AROUND THE WORLD.

THAT'S UP NEXT.

.

Gordon: SHARON AND

MICHAEL HAD THREE CHILDREN

OF THEIR OWN.

WHEN THEY DECIDED TO ADOPT.

AND SINCE THEN, THEY HAVE

ADDED NINE MORE CHILDREN TO

THE FOLD.

AND WHILE PEOPLE WHO MEET

THEM HAVE THEIR OWN WAYS TO

DESCRIBE THEIR HOUSEHOLD,

THTHE DENNEHEES HAVE THEIR

OWN: A FAMILY.

OUR FURNACE CONTROL MAN

COMES IN THE HOUSE AND STOPS

DEAD IN HIS TRACKS AND SAYS,

"THIS LOOKS LIKE SOME KIND

OF UNITED NATIONS MEETING."

I WAS BORN IN BANGKOK.

INDIA.

CONNECTICUT.

I WAS BORN IN ROMANIA.

I WAS BORN IN AFRICA.

IN CHINA.

[LAUGHTER]

SHARON IS THE GAS PEDAL,

AND I AM THE BRAKE.

OVER AND OVER SHE'LL SAY, I

FOUND THIS CHILD WHO NEEDS

"X" AND "Y" AND "Z," AND ALL

WE HAVE TO DO IS FLY OVER

THE OCEAN, GET FUNDING,

CONNECT THIS DOT TO HERE,

AND IT WILL BE DONE.

WE'RE SUCH VICTIMS OF OUR

CULTURE PACULTURE BECAUSE

OUR CULTURE TELLS US YOUR

KIDS HAVE TO LOOK PERFECT

AND BE IN THE RIGHT SCHOOLS,

AND YOU CAN'T DO THAT WITH A

BIG FAMILY.

BUT IF YOU CONCENTRATE ON

WHAT IS IMPORTANT, THE REST

WILL FOLLOW.

PEOPLE TRIED TO DISCOURAGE

US, TAKING ON ALL OF THESE

KIDS, AND SAID WE DIDN'T

KNOW WHAT TO DO.

AND WE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO

DO.

BUT WHAT HAPPENS WITH

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE, YOU GIVE

A PERSON UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

AND THAT BLOSSOM.

I FEEL LIKE HAVING THESE

KIDS HAS REALLY HELPED US

FIND OUR LIFE, FIND OUR

MEANING, FIND OUR PURPOSE.

IT TOOK ME DECADES TO

FIGURE HIS OUT.

THERE IS NO PHYSICAL THING

THAT YOU CAN BUY THAT IS

ACTUALLY GOING TO GIVE YOU

TRUE PEACE AND HAPPINESS.

AND THE PURE JOY THAT WILL

COME FROM A RESCUE AND THE

RANSOM OF A CHILD'S LIFE IS

PROBABLY THE MOST SATISFYING

THING YOU CAN IMAGINE.

WE TALK ABOUT ADOPTION.

WE TELL THEM THEY'RE

ADOPTED, AND WE KIND OF TELL

THEM BEING BORN INTO A

FAMILY, YOU DON'T EVEN

DECIDE THAT.

IT KIND OF HAPPENS

BIOLOGICALLY.

BUT WHEN YOU'RE ADOPTED,

YOUR PARENTS LOOKED OUT AT

THE WHOLE WORLD AND PICKED

YOU.

YOU THINK THAT THEY DON'T

REALLY KNOW THE GRAVITY OF

THEM BEING RESCUED OR SAVED,

THEN YOU'LL SEE THEM IN AN

EXTERNAL SETTING.

LIKE, ONE OF THEM WAS IN

FRONT OF 300 PEOPLE LAST

FRIDAY NIGHT, AND HE TOLD

PEOPLE HE PROBABLY WOULDN'T

BE ALIVE IF HE HADN'T BEEN

ADOPTED BY HIS FAMILY.

THOSE ARE THE GOOSE-BUMP

MOMENTS WHEN YOU GO, HE'S

GOT IT.

*

*

* BENDING ME

* IN LOVE AND MERCY

*

*

* AND I REALIZE JUST HOW

BEAUTIFUL YOU ARE *

IN ROMANIA, AT LEAST AT

THE TIME THAT I WAS BORN,

WHEN YOU WERE BORN WITH A

DEFORMITY, QUOTE, IT WAS

CUR CONSIDERED A CURSE BY

GOD.

I WAS, UM, KIND OF DISTANCED

AND NOT TREATED RIGHT AND

KIND OF NOT GETTING THE CARE

A NORMAL BABY SHOULD.

SHOULD.

WHICH IS WHY WHEN I WAS ONE

AND A HALF YEARS OLD, I

WEIGHED NINE POUNDS.

IT WAS ROUGH THE FIRST

COUPLE YEARS OF MY LIFE, BUT

I LIVED.

NO MATTER WHERE YOU WERE

BEFORE, WHERE YOU CAN BE

NOW, YOUR PAST DOESN'T

DEFINE THAT.

THIS FAMILY HAS PROVEN

THAT.

IT IS JUST, LIKE, YOU HAVE A

DYING BOY FROM ROMANIA, OR

STARVING KIDS FROM AFRICA,

AND YOU BRING THEM TO A

PLACE WHERE THEY CAN BE, I

GUESS, HUMAN TO THE FULLEST,

AND THAT IS A GENEROUS,

GENEROUS THING.

FAMILY IS EVERYTHING.

FAMILY IS FUN.

.

[LAUGHTER]

INTERESTING.

FAMILY IS PEOPLE YOU CAN

BE A FOOL AROUND, AND

THEY'LL STILL LOVE YOU.

SHOULD I DO THE DENNEHY

FACE?

FAMILY IS SOMETHING THAT I

CAN COUNT ON.

*

[LAUGHTER]

FAMILY IS ADOPTION.

* WHOA, HOW HE LOVES US

* WHOA, HOW HE LOVES US

Gordon: WE LIKE

ADOPTION HERE.

JUST START CONSIDERING, OUT

OF ALL OF THE PEOPLE IN THE

WORLD, GOD CHOSE YOU TO

A"PT INTO HIS WONDERFUL

FAMILY.

HE WASN'T CONCERNED ABOUT

YOUR PAST.

HE WAS CONCERNED THAT YOU

WOULD BE PART OF HIS

FAMILY.

TO BE WITH HIM FOR ALL

ETERNITYMENT HE I.

HE ISç LOOKING FORWARD TO HIS

DREAM ABOUT YOU BEING

FULFILLED.

IT IS WONDERFUL NEWS.

IT IS THE BEST NEWS THE

WORLD HAS EVER HEARD.

THE VIDEO YOU JUST SAW IS

ONE FROM A SERIES CALLED "I

LIKE GIVING."

TO SEE MORE STORIES JUST

LIKE IT, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO

IS GO TO Facebook.COM/I

LIKE GIVING.

AND THERE IS TREASURE TROVE

OF WONDERFUL STORIES

STORIES.

REALIZE GENEROSITY IS PART

OF THE GOOD NEWS.

FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD

THAT HE GAVE.

IT'S A WONDERFUL MESSAGE.

TERRY?

Terry: STILL TO COME, A

CHILD OF TWO DRUG ADDICTS IS

FORCED TO FEND FOR HIMSELF

AT JUST FOUR YEARS OF AGE.

HEAR HIS STORY.

THAT'S NEXT.

Terry: CBN'S "ORPHANS'

PROMISE" IS PROVIDING GOOD

HOMES FOR THOUSANDS OF

CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD,

LIKE DENNIS, WHO WAS LEFT TO

CARE FOR HIMSELF AT JUST

FOUR YEARS OLD.

Reporter: DENNIS LOVES

PLAYING WITH HIS BROTHER,

BUT HIS LIFE WASN'T ALWAYS

THIS HAPPY.

HIS BIRTH PARENTS WERE DRUG

ADDICTS, WHO PAID LITTLE

ATTENTION TO THEIR SON.

MY MOTHER DIDN'T CARE

ABOUT ME, AND NOBODY FED

ME.

I DIDN'T HAVE A BED OR TOYS,

AND I CRIED A LOT.

Reporter: SOCIAL

WORKERS EVENTUALLY RESCUED

DENNIS, AND TOOK HIM TO

"FATHER'S HOUSE."

HE WAS WILD AND VERY

FRIGHTENED AT FIRST.

HE SCRATCHED AND BIT PEOPLE,

AND HE HID FOOD AND HAD A

HARD TIME GETTING ALONG WITH

OTHER KIDS.

BUT WE LOVED HIM AND WORKED

WITH HIM.

AND OVER TIME HE BEGAN TO

CHANGE.

THEY TOOK CARE OF ME AND

FED ME, AND I HAD MY OWN

BED.

THAT WAS NICE.

THEY ALSO TAUGHT ME HOW TO

PRAY.

I STARTED ASKING GOD TO GIVE

ME A MOM AND DAD WHO WOULD

BE NICE TO ME.

Reporter: AROUND THAT

TIME, LUDA AND MISHA, WHO

BOTH WORK FOR "ORPHANS'

PROMISE," SAW A PICTURE OF

DENNIS ON A BROCHURE.

I KNEW IMMEDIATELY THIS

LITTLE BOY NEEDED TO BE IN

OUR FAMILY.

THE FIRST TIME WE MET HIM,

HE RAN TO MISHA.

WE KNEW HE WAS OURS.

Reporter: THANKS TO

"FATHER'S HOUSE" AND

"ORPHANS' PROMISE," DENNIS

FOUND A NEW FAMILY THAT

LOVES HIM.

NOW I REALIZE THAT WE

NEEDED TO HEAL, TOO.

THIS IS THE HAPPIEST I

HAVE EVER BEEN.

I HAVE A FAMILY AND I AM

VERY THANKFUL FOR THAT.

Terry: I LOVE ALL OF

THESE STORIES BECAUSE

THEY'RE SUCH A REFLECTION OF

WHAT GORDON REFERRED TO

EARLIER, OF GOD'S ADOPTION

OF US.

"ORPHANS' PROMISE" DOESN'T

ARRANGE ADOPTION.

WE'RE NOT INVOLVED IN THE

ADOPTION BUSINESS PER SE,

BUT WE'RE CERTAINLY GREAT

BACKERS OF THOSE INTERESTED

IN ADOPTION.

WE BELIEVE THAT EVERY CHILD

HAS THE RIGHT TO HAVE A

FAMILY, TO KNOW THA THEY'RE

WANTED, TO KNOW THAT THEY'RE

CARED FOR AND THEY'RE IN A

SAFE PLACE, AS ONE OF THE

KIDS SAID IN THE STORY

EARLIER.

YOU HELP US DO THAT FOR

CHILDREN.

SOMETIMES THEY'RE IN

INTERIM, WHERE THEY'RE

WAITING FOR FAMILIES TO

ADOPT THEM.

SOMETIMES "ORPHANS' PROMISE"

WORKS WITH CHILDREN WHO HAVE

AGED OUT OF ADOPTION, BUT

THEY NEED TO LEARN LIFE

SKILLS.

AND THEY NEED TO LEARN WHO

GOD IS AND WHO THEY ARE IN

RELATIONSHIP TO THEIR

HEAVENLY FATHER.

IF YOU WANT TO HELP US TO

REACH OUT TO CHILDREN AROUND

THE WORLD, WE INVITE YOU TO

DO THAT.

YOU CAN GIVE TO THE WORK

WE'RE DOING BY CALLING THE

TOLL-FREE NUMBER ON YOUR

SCREEN, 1-888-777-1999.

OR YOU CAN LOG ON TO

cbn.com AND GIVE THERE AS

WELL.

GORDON?

Gordon: WE HAVE SOME

QUESTIONS ON ADOPTION IN OUR

IN-BOX.

LET'S GO TO JESSICA IN THE

CHATROOM.

GORDON, EDIE WRITES IN

"STEPSON IS SEVEN, AND I

WANT TO ADOPT HIM.

MY FAMILY SAYS I SHOULDN'T,

BUT I THINK IT IS THE RIGHT

THING.

WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE?"

Gordon: LONGING TO A

FAMILY --

Terry: CHILDREN KNOW

WHEN YOU'RE NOT MOM OR DAD,

BUT THEY KNOW WHEN YOU'RE

WILLING TO GIVE THEM YOUR

NAME.

THAT'S WHAT CHRIST DID FOR

US.

GOD CALLED US TO BE HIS

CHILDREN, AND THEN GAVE US

HIS NAME.

HE CALLED US TO HIS HEART.

I'M ALL FOR IT.

I THINK YOU OUGHT TO ADOPT

THE CHILD.

BUT I THINK HE IS SEVEN, AND

YOU CAN TALK TO HIM ABOUT IT

NOW.

JUST SAY, I LOVE YOU VERY

MUCH, AND I AM YOUR REAL MOM

EVERY DAY.

I'D LIKE TO GIVE YOU MY

NAME.

WOULD YOU LIKE THAT?

A CHILD IS PRETTY HONEST

ABOUT THINGS.

THINGS.

FOR A CHILDREN, IT IS

USUALLY MUCH SIMPLER.

I'M A BIG ONE FOR

ENCOURAGING CONVERSATIONS.

I KNOW A NUMBER OF PEOPLE

THAT WHEN THEY WERE OLDER,

THEY CHOSE TO TAKE THE NAME

OF THE STEPPARENT OR FOSTER

PARENT, THE PERSON WHO WAS

WITH THEM EVERY DAY.

BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO BE A

PART OF WHO THEY WERE

OFFICIALLY.

AND I THINK OFFICIALLY IS A

GOOD THING WHEN IT COMES TO

FAMILY.

Gordon: I WOULD

ENCOURAGE YOU TO ASK THE

CHILD.

AND LOOK AT IT FROM THE

CHILD'S POINT OF VIEW.

IMAGINE YOUR NATURAL MOTHER

SAYING, I DON'T WANT

ANYTHING TO DO WITH YOU.

WHAT DOES THAT DO TO YOU

EMOTIONALLY?

IF YOU COME INTO THAT AND

SAY, I WANT TO DO EVERYTHING

WITH YOU.

I WANT YOU TO BE MINE --

WHAT A DIFFERENCE THAT WILL

MAKE TO THAT CHILD'S

SELF-ESTEEM, THEIR FUTURE,

EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THEM.

SO I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU.

YEAH, GO TALK TO HIM.

WE'VE GOT ANOTHER QUESTION.

JESSICA?

SA SAMUEL SAYS, "I

ADOPTED A CHILD 13 YEARS

AGO, HE IS NOW REBELLING

AGAINST ME.

MY HUSBAND DIED A FEW YEARS

AGO, SO IT IS ONLY THE TWO

OF US, AND I'M STRUGGLING.

AND I CAN'T TAKE IT

ANYMORE.

WOULD IT BE WRONG FOR ME TO

HAND HIM OVER TO SOCIAL

SERVICES, AND PUT HIM IN A

HOME THAT WOULD TAKE BETTER

CARE OF HIM?"

Terry: SONYA, ONLY YOU

KNOW WHAT YOU SHOULD DO.

BUT I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO

GET ALL OF THE SUPPORT AND

ENCOURAGEMENT THAT YOU CAN.

IF YOU WILL CONNECT WITH ME,

THROUGH E-MAIL OR WRITING, I

WOULD LOVE TO SEND YOU THE

D.V.D. ABOUT FOSTERING.

WHAT YOU'RE EXPERIENCING IS

NOT UNUSUAL.

CHILDREN WHO COME FROM HARD

PLACES ARE WOUNDED.

AND SOMETIMES THEY ACT THAT

OUT.

ESPECIALLY IN THE YEARS

YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT.

WHERE THEY'RE JUST LEARNING

WHO THEY ARE, AND IDENTITY

IS A BIG ISSUE.

EXPLORE THOSE IDEAS OF WHY

DIDN'T MY BIOLOGICAL FAMILY

KEEP ME?

WHAT WAS WRONG WITH ME.

CHILDREN OFTEN TAKE THAT ON

AS THEIR OWN ISSUE, BUT

DOESN'T CALL US TO ANYTHING

WE'RE NOT EQUIPPED FOR.

DID YOU HEAR MISHA SAY, WE

NEEDED THIS CHILD AS MUCH AS

HE NEEDED US.

IF YOU ASK GOD AND TAKE

ADVANTAGE OF ALL OF THE

THINGS THAT ARE OUT THERE,

GOD WILL ALSO SHOW YOU WHAT

HE WANTS TO DO IN YOUR LIFE

THROUGH THIS.

WE HAVE A MUTUAL GOOD FRIEND

WHO CAME HERE TO ME IN THE

HALL, ALSO A SINGLE MOM, AND

WHO ALSO ADOPTED, AND CAME

TO ME AND SAID, I CAN'T DO

THIS ANYMORE.

I DON'T WANT TO DO THIS

ANYMORE.

AND AFTER A GOOD CRY AND

SITTING DOWN WITH SOME OF

THE REST OF US WHO HAD

ADOPTED, AND WITH

ENCOURAGEMENT AND MAKING

CONNECTIONS WITH THE EXPERTS

IN THE FIELD, TODAY SHE HAS

AN AMAZING RELATIONSHIP WITH

HER CHILD.

I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO

REACH OUT FOR THAT.

AND ALSO NOT TO REJECT THE

CHILD ON A SECOND LEVEL,

AFTER THEY HAVE ALREADY

EXPERIENCED THAT.

BUT IT IS A HIGH CALLING AND

A HIGH COST, AND ONLY YOU

CAN DETERMINE THAT.

Gordon: AND FIND A

COMMUNITY FOR SUPPORT.

THIS IS FOR ANY PARENT WITH

WITH A REBELLIOUS CHILD,

SPECIAL FOR A CHILD WHO IS

NOW STEALING.

GET SOME HELP.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM ISAIAH: "LEARN TO

DO GOOD.

SEEK JUSTICE, REBUKE THE

OPPRESSOR, DEFEND THE

FATHERLESS, AND PLEAD FOR

THE WIDOW."

FOR ALL OF US HERE, GOD

BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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