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Fostering Love: The Adoption Chronicles
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Thursday, February 21, 2008

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A family is trying to adopt their five foster children, in addition to raising their five birth children.

We have been busy raising our own five children (two boys and three girls) before we took on the responsibility of caring for five foster children, all from Louisiana, young victims of Hurricane Katrina which hit the Gulf Coast nearly three years ago.

We ourselves have two sons (Ryker Stephen--10 and Richard Paul--12) and three daughters (Roseanna Heaven--14, Richelle Grace--8, and Rivka Hosannah--7). We have since taken in five children from Louisiana, all brothers and sisters. Their names are Asia'h Monique'--5, Antw'on Dontrae'--6, Adweenah Ranee'--7, Aluicious Tumar--8, and Acadia Trenelle--12.

We love them as if they'd been born to us. We've had them since October of 2005, and they've since assimilated into our family tree beautifully.

It doesn't matter to us one iota that they happen to be African-American. They are children first and foremost, and they need to be together, need to be in a family that they can call their very own.

We are trying to make that happen.

We are in the process of adopting them. They have been our foster children since October 2005, but we've fallen in love with them. We cannot imagine our family without them, so much, that we are now on the way towards adopting them, so they can be with our family, forever and ever.

These five children from Louisiana have suffered much tragedy in their brief years on this earth. They lost another older sister (Andrienetta Grace, who was sixteen when she died in Katrina) and their parents in Katrina; they were plucked from the dirty, swollen waters by rescue teams, just as the water was rising when the levees broke; they were then in the hospital recovering from malnutrition, pneumonia, and other infections, and once well, they were placed in foster care, languishing in one foster home to another until they came to our place.

Now they've been with us over two years now, and we are trying to add them to be our newest children.

My own children love Asia'h, Antw'on, Adweenah, Aluicious, and Acadia as though they'd been their brothers and sisters forever; they are their best friends, and they would do anything to make them happy. They realize that these kids from Louisiana have suffered great loss in their lives; they are doing everything possible to give them the happiness that they so desperately need in their lives.

To see them playing together in harmony is nothing short of beautiful. It's enough to make me and my wife, Karen, cry.

My name is Roger Henderson. I am married to Karen (over 20 years now), and we have five beautiful, healthy children. We are now raising five siblings from Louisiana, and as I have mentioned before, several times, we are in the process of adopting our foster children. Soon, if all goes right, we will have ten children--five born to us, five adopted.

We live in Madison, Wisconsin. Where it's cool in the summer and downright bone-chilling cold in the winter. Our Louisiana-born children have had to learned to get used to cold temperatures and snow; it was a wonderful learning experience, not only for them, but for us.

We delighted in hearing their happy shrieks as they felt the cold wind on their faces, felt the softness of the white, fluffy snow as it fell on their faces. It was a magical moment, one that will live in our hearts and minds forever.

We also took the kids to Disneyworld last year for vacation, and everyone had a marvelous time. We took lots of videos of our trip, and now we watch it, laugh as we relive the magic that only Disneyworld can bring out in people.

We will never forget it as long as we live.

If the adoptions go through, we are thinking of taking the children on a cruise to Cozumel and Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, as a way of celebrating a long-awaited dream. We feel this is only right; they've earned it. We've earned it in caring for them. Because of our five Louisiana miracles, our lives are indeed richly blessed, more than you can possibly ever imagine!

I will be writing in here again, to keep you updated on the adoption journey of Asia'h, Antw'on, Aluicious, Adweenah, and Acadia. Stay tuned!

~Written by Roger Q. (Quinton) Henderson, Madison, Wisconsin (adoptive parent).


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Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 3/2/2008
The world needs more special people such as the Hendersons.So many kids need nuturing and love!........M
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 2/22/2008
Shouldn't there be a law that make it mandatory to help financially and psychically those real foster parents? after all out there are many "professional-forster-parents" totally dead emotionally to rear even a small puppy dog, which are getting the cake's frosting?

Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 2/21/2008
Wonderful and enriching tale of a family hopefully with God's grace coming together. Ten children? Surely mom and dad must have top notch employment to afford it all? What do they do for a living? Doctor, lawyer, Ambassador, Mayor of a city? Takes mighty big bucks to afford so many children....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 2/21/2008
Awesome history of one family's streghth , along with their adoptive family. This made me cry. katrina was a horrible thing that happened to familys' all over Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. I am so very happy to have the chance you allowed here, read a positive to come from the awful terror of that storm.
Thank you again and GREAT WRITE Roger!

Blessings adn love to you all.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 2/21/2008
Good update but I wonder what these people do for a living for my wife and I both worked all the while our kids (three) were growin up and we couldn' afford a few weeks at a campground most years let alone trips to Disney World with ten kids. The cost of living keeps going up and we kept falling further behind. Oh we managed and they never went without but there was nothing extra that's for sure. Nice to know that maybe the rich can do more for these kids.

Reviewed by Charlie 2/21/2008
There's a children's book-- I think it's called "The Family that Nobody Wanted" --anyways, it has a similar theme. I know it is very, very difficult to adopt foster children. It is, however, worth a fight...
Reviewed by Emile Tubiana 2/21/2008
Dear Karen, what a wonderful story Roger wrote. It shows the generosity of their hearts. Make a book out these stories so people can read them. Love Emile
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 2/21/2008
what an uplifting write--
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/21/2008

I love this write!!!!!!! All the names begin with R or A - love how the parents, the family, don't see color - they see children who need a loving home and family - if more could be like the Hendersons! Will they adopt me so I can go on that cruise? LOL Well done!!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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