Options for Families and Youth
11351 Pearl Rd.
Suite 103 A
Strongsville, OH 44136
Current Adoptive Parents-Archive May 2013
So what do you do when you have been caring for a sibling group of four young children for over 2½ years and the county comes to you and asks, ‘Will you adopt them?’
Most people would say that they need some time to think about it; they think about the expense of raising four children; they think about what it will be like when they become teens; they think about whether or not they will have the energy needed to raise four children; they may begin to have doubts about if they can do it; especially if you are a single parent!
Garvetta Forte was faced with this very question over 4 years ago. When she was asked to adopt, there was no hesitation. She said, “Yes!” And yes, she's still alive, still active, maybe a bit more tired, but she is an inspiration to many who know her.
She is also an OFY foster parent who stepped up and offered her home as a permanent place for a sibling group of 3 brothers and their sister so that they could all be together.
I talked with Garvetta recently to find out how she’s doing, here’s a sample of what we discussed:
Mike: So…why in the world did you do this?
Garvetta: I had them for such a long time Mr. Rush, I couldn’t bear to see them leave me and go somewhere else.
Mike: And how are they doing?
Garvetta: They are doing just fine. They are all attending the same school and are in the 5th, 4th, 3rd and 1st grades. They are all working hard at being good students. There are struggles but that’s to be expected. They love and care for each other. They are involved in church (Omega Baptist Church) and have sung in the choir and participated in praise dancing.
Mike: And how is Garvetta doing?
Garvetta: I love it being their mom. When I was their foster parent, they called me ‘gramma’. Now they call me, “Ma”. We are used to each other. I’m fine and enjoy it.
Mike: What’s the best thing about being their adoptive mom?
Garvetta: Knowing that they were all able to stay together as a family. They are happy…I see it every day. I know that I have given them a permanent place with me, and they are not going anywhere else.
Mike: What has been the most challenging for you?
Garvetta: Starting a family all over again. I’m, of course, more tired than I used to be. I do get energy from them though.
Mike: Anything else you want to say?
Garvetta: I have no regrets about deciding to adopt. It’s what I wanted to do, and I enjoy it. While there may be things in the future that I’m uncertain about (like any parent), I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Thanks Garvetta for what you’ve done. You’ve kept four siblings together and provided them with a stable, permanent, loving, safe place to grow up and learn what family is all about. We also wouldn’t have it any other way!