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Gift of Love: Greene family's after-adoption story

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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Every week on Gift of Love, we feature a foster child or sibling group in need of a forever family. But, what happens to the family after those children are adopted?

The Greene family enjoyed an afternoon at Chuck E. Cheese playing games, eating pizza and just spending time together. But, they are not your typical family.

Elizabeth and Harrison are the biological children of Jason and Nicola Greene. Lucy and Jackson were adopted or, as they like to explain it, born in their parents' heart.

The Greenes both work for the Longview Wellness Center as project directors for Twogether in Texas and the VOW program. Part of the program provides funding and support for marriage retreats for foster and adoptive parents.

"We take those skills that we teach to married couples and kind of go with a different dynamic - parent to child, parent to parent," explained Nicola Greene. "And then there's lots of evidence that says there is extra stress on a marriage after an adoption and we work on keeping the marriage strong so the family stays whole."

"You need to be on the same page so the kids are running rings around you," said Jason Greene.

Through their own experiences as foster parents, they recognized the need for support both from family, friends, and church members.

"This is a child that has been traumatized and doesn't yet understand or hasn't been taught how to behave with a group or go to Sunday school and sit with a group of kids and listen," said Nicola Greene. "They don't know."

What may surprise you is that several foster families found that churches were a place that lacked support for these forever families.

"Quite often they left their churches or pulled back some because they didn't feel like they fit in anymore," said Nicola Greene.

So they helped start the Life Matters Ministry Group at Mobberly Baptist Church in Longview to address this very issue.

"It helps turn the child into the mission and the parents into the missionaries," said Nicola Greene. "And then, the church can kind of see themselves as the support to that."

"Maybe don't just look at the first glance at what you see that there is a back story that there is more detail," said Jason Greene. "And, maybe be courageous enough to roll your sleeves up and come over and be helpful in that situation."

Once again, they've seen it work first hand, when they were recently asked to foster a 12-year-old boy. While they had a spare room, that's all they had, and their Sunday school class stepped up to the plate.

"They bought a bed, bought new clothes, and they helped us set up for this young man to come," said Nicola Greene. "So we currently have five children in our home."

There will be retreat for foster and adoptive families at Pinecove Christian Camps near Flint on March 5 and 6. It is free for the families funded by Region 4 Foster/Adopt, VOW & Twogether in Texas.

To learn more about Gift of Love children up for adoption call our hotline, toll-free, 1-888-kids-275.

More Information:
Life Matters - ministry of Mobberly Baptist Church focuses on meeting the needs of pre born, abandoned and needy children and supporting those that care for them. Visit www.mobberly.com for more information.

Contact info for Twogether in Texas www.twogetherintexas.com

Luv Lasts is a state funded Healthy Relationship Program. Go to www.luvlasts.com or 903-553-1550 for more information. This is a faith based initiative that works in the community to strengthen families, marriages and reduce divorce.

VOW  is a federal program that also helps to reduce divorce rate strengthen families. Check out www.wevownow.com for more information.

To book or to reach Jason & Nicola regarding any of these programs call 903-553-1550 or WWW.LuvLasts.com

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