Long Journey to Family

Long Journey to Family: The Shalack Family Tiffinie and Jonah Shalack wanted to adopt for nearly 20 years but never felt ready for it. Jonah’s dad was adopted so it was always part of the family story. Once they accepted that, like many parents to-be, they may never feel ready, they decided to become foster

Ministry of Parenting

The Muery Family: Ministry of Parenting November 2023 marked more than just National Adoption Month for Kevin and Debbie Muery – they adopted for the last time, adding two girls to their family. As biological, adoptive, and foster parents, they have parented more than 85 children, including 13 adopted children. “We never intended to make

From Mentor to Motherhood

From Mentor to Motherhood: The Bolling Family Spotlight Kenyetta Bolling always knew she had motherly instincts. She came from a community-oriented family and has played the role of mentor, auntie, and godmother. So when she came to a point in her life that she realized she was not going to have biological children, she decided

Becoming Forever Parents

Becoming Forever Parents: The Phan Family Chiara and Tim Phan considered foster care adoption even before they were married. They saw it as a way to grow their own family while helping other families along the way. Their friend adopted from Arms Wide, and after hearing about their positive experience, Chiara and Tim decided to

Green Family: Leaning on My Village

Green Family Spotlight: Leaning on My Village Aronda first considered adoption after battling infertility issues. When she heard good things about Arms Wide from a colleague, she took the first step by attending an Arms Wide information meeting. From the very beginning, Aronda shared her decision to adopt as a single mom with those around

Keeping Children at the Center

The Fontenot Family: Keeping Children at the Center In this Family Spotlight, Audrey and Nicholas Fontenot share their journey of adoption through foster care and their approach of keeping children at the center. Adoption had always been on their hearts when they thought about growing their family. Both Audrey and Nicholas were adopted as children,

Open Mind, Open Heart

The Couch Family: Open Mind, Open Heart Dewayne Couch, a single father, recently adopted teenagers Evan and Jacob. In this Family Spotlight, Dewayne shares his journey to adoption from foster care and why he chose to adopt teenagers. Beginning the Journey When Dewayne decided to start a family, adoption was already on his mind. He

Becoming a Family

The Weavers: Becoming a Family Roselyn and Brandon Weaver always knew they wanted to adopt a child. When they heard about Arms Wide Adoption Services from one of Brandon’s coworkers, they decided to attend an Arms Wide information meeting. After that meeting, they began their long journey of becoming a family of four—with not just

The Pelts: “We are Jordyn’s Village”

The Pelt Family, Part 2: We Are Jordyn’s Village RaKeesha and Andrew Pelt first came to know Arms Wide through RaKeesha’s sorority sister, who had a good experience with the agency. After much prayer and thought, they decided adoption was best for growing their family, so they adopted Cameron in 2020 (read Part 1 of