Why More Catholics Should Consider Adoption

In this episode of The Catholic Talk Show, the guys are joined by Jordan and Joanna Watwood to discuss why more Catholic families should consider adoption.

Episode 136:
In this episode, we will discuss:
• The Watwood’s beautiful testimony of adoption
• Why adoption is so pro-life
• What challenges do you face when adopting
• Dealing with infertility as a Catholic
• and much more

Show Notes:

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9 comments on Why More Catholics Should Consider Adoption

  1. Andrea says:

    Hi guys,
    An episode sensitively done and I want to say thank you to the Watwoods for becoming parents to children who needed them. Two of my friends married in their mid to late thirties and were unable to adopt because the process goes on for years sometimes and they ran out of time as far as age eligibility. They were lucky enough to financially afford it. They made up for the loss of their own children by becoming very involved as godparents and being there emotionally and financially for nieces and nephews.

    Jordan and Joanna have no idea what beautiful people they are. God bless all who create families to share their love with. Children who will learn they come from God and grow up in His love and return it.

    Proverbs 22:6. “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

  2. Christine E says:

    We are Catholic and we adopted through domestic foster adoption 10 years ago. Our children have complex PTSD from their life before us. Our faith in God sustains us as we seek healing for them. All adoption is predicated on loss, and trauma is the result. Parents need to be very prepared ahead of time: Deal with their own challenging childhood experiences, learn how to use therapeutic parenting strategies, and anticipate that the adopted child will need specialized treatment for developmental trauma.

  3. Joseph Bruzzese says:

    Were very blessed to adopt a baby boy 32 years ago. Now we are immensely blessed as he will be celebrating his 4th anniversary of Ordination to the Holy Catholic Priesthood May 20th…

  4. Kyleigh Petersen says:

    As a Catholic who was adopted as a child this episode was so meaningful and powerful for me!! I’m starting a new job as a foster care worker with Catholic Charities and it’s so great to hear and see stories of adoption! Adoption is such a blessing for children and I’m so thankful that this was something you guys choose to highlight and discuss!! Thank you to the Jordan and Joanna for sharing your story and the struggles you have gone through with trying to conceive as well as the adoption process!

  5. Bobbi Reak says:

    Thank you for taking the time to talk about infertility and adoption from a Catholic perspective. Any Catholic living this experience, such as my husband and I, can attest to the fact that it is not easy to find other Catholics to share in this suffering with. It brings much comfort to know others have walked, and are walking, a similar journey of infertility and adoption. We appreciate you breaking down the stigmas and shedding light on what it is like for Catholic couples in this situation and the hope that can be found in adoption (for both the adoptive parents and their children).

  6. Jessica says:

    My husband and I are both faithful Catholics. We married seven years ago and, upon discovering we were infertile, quickly began discerning adoption. We slowly began the process five years ago and, after much research of agencies and adoption tracks, decided to pursue the Foster-to-Adopt path domestically with Bethany Christian Services. We chose Bethany for several reasons — we wanted to work with a Christian agency that we thought would “get” us, our family values, hopes and fears, and because, most importantly, we were intimately aware of the potential legal and moral impacts that the legalization of same-sex marriage and the rise in transgender activism would have on the US foster system. We wanted a buffer of protection — an agency that would understand why we didn’t feel comfortable administering hormone blockers to a 10-year-old foster kid, or that would give us a fair shake as parents as the “trendy” option would be to seek out and place kids with same-sex couples (for fear of legal action if an agency didn’t). We were finally licensed and began awaiting placement a few months before COVID hit. The lockdowns and COVID has severely impacted the foster care and US adoption system, especially for “newbies” like us who don’t have “formal” parenting experience (but have a lot of other experiences). Licensed providers don’t seem to have as big of a quiet period as us. Another consideration in this has been we are on the foster-adopt track and we were hoping for kids placed who had the lowest risk of removal — we’ve discovered this is rarer than we were lead to believe. A lot of the emergency placement foster homes go on to adopt a child so, naturally, they would be preferred for permanent placement. But, when you’re told that SO many kids are waiting in the US system, you think it can happen “faster.” Bottom line, the system is really backed up right now and probably will continue to be for a while. But, on top of this, Bethany announced in March (without telling their families, we found out via Rod Dreher) that they are now placing kids with same-sex couples and, most recently, that they are focusing their efforts on building their population of Black families because now they are going to put an emphasis on placing Black children with Black families. We’re white and Hispanic, Black children comprise 43% of their foster kid placements. You do the math. Catholic Christians are going to be increasingly “competing” with more preferable families — those who are deemed appropriately “woke.” So, bottom line, this is my cautionary tale for people who are considering entering the system and building your family through domestic means. Manage your expectations, hopes and dreams. We are entering into the period of soft totalitarianism in the US that marginalizes orthodox Christian families who are not the right color; you can be hopeful and positive, but this is a fact and there is no way around this. We are devastated, it has been an even tougher journey than we thought it would be (not least of all due to a global pandemic), and we knew it would be tough from the start. For these reasons and more we’ve made the painful decision to step away from the system and this process. Nevertheless, our eternal Hope remains in the Lord, and we know that God has a plan for us and everyone.

  7. James and Kaleigh says:

    how could we contact the two of you if we are interested in asking questions about the adoption process? We are a loving catholic couple hoping to start the adoption process.

    1. Hello~ Send us an email to info@catholictalkshow.com and we’ll connect you with them!

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