Solway, Minnesota is home to 95 people. It is also home to a couple who is known for adopting children that no one else will. Kent and Shantel Dudley believe that it is their duty to help children who are suffering.
The first child that they adopted was a little boy from Florida. They saw him lying on the floor and knew that they could not leave him there. They received several phone calls after that. They eventually ended up adopting five more children. Kent and Shantel have a total of 15 biological and adopted children. One of their elder daughters works as a medical assistant and helps out with the youngest children who have special needs.
Travis is the couple’s oldest adopted child. He is 16 and bed-bound. Some of the couple’s children have feeding tubes. They knew that they were going to have a challenge when someone asked them if they would take in a child with a feeding tube. They knew that they could not say no.
The couple was going to stop adopting after they adopted their fourth child. They received a call about adopting a 5th child, and they turned it down. However, one of their daughters encouraged them to go through with the adoption.
Because most of the children have medical issues, the couple spends a lot of time in the hospital. It is a challenge, but the couple has to constantly remind themselves that it is worth it. They also try to give the children as normal of a childhood as possible. They still go to school and go on field trips. The couple plans to help foster parents get medical training in order to take in special needs kids.
The Parke family had a wonderful Valentine’s Day. Not only did the couple celebrate each other’s love, but they also added four children to their family. Jennifer Riedel-Parke and her wife Trudy have fostered several children over the years.
They are the proud parents of 6-year-old Kyle, 4-year-old Jazz, 3-year-old Bethann and 21-month Jonathan. The couple held a celebration at their house, which was attended by their family members and friends. They had a superhero-themed party. “Even Superman Was Adopted” was on the cake.
All of the children are biological siblings. The Parkes have been the children’s foster parents since 2016. They stated that they only take in siblings. The couple thought that they would temporarily foster the children. However, the biological parents gave up their rights. Jennifer is happy that things turned out the way that they did because she always wanted to have a family.
The children call their parents Mama Chewy and Mama Jen. Trudy stated that Jen cooks for the children every day. She cooks fruits, vegetables and homemade soups. She also makes homemade pancakes and sushi.
Trudy stated that the couple is open to adopting more children. Christine Dangrow was the case manager. She was in the courtroom when the adoption was finalized. Being a foster parent is not easy. They have to make sure that all of the children’s basic needs are met, which includes taking them to medical and dental appointments.
Christine stated that it warms her heart to see people care for children that are not biologically theirs. She believes that the children will thrive in the Parke home because it is an environment of love, nurturing, structure and discipline.
Delilah, who is a radio show host, is now back on the air. She took a break after her son, Zack, passed away last fall. She stated that losing Zack was hard, but it did bring the family closer together. She also stated that her daughter found out that she was pregnant before Zack died.
This is the second child that Delilah has lost in the past five years. Her son Sammy died from sickle cell anemia in 2012. Zack committed suicide after a long battle with depression. A listener asked Delilah about books that they should read in order to cope with the loss of a child. She stated that there was not any book that could help.
Delilah also stated that the suggestions that people make have not helped her. She stated that being there for someone is the only thing that can help. Delilah is getting ready to adopt her 14th child. She had three biological children and 10 adopted.
There are 487,000 children who are in foster care. Only 5 percent of these children will have a forever home. She stated that adoption has been a blessing because many of the children would not have a home. She also stated that raising her children has been her world.
Delilah has given some advice that can help people who are going through a difficult ordeal. She stated that no one should go through life sweating the small things. She stated that when you sweat the small things, you take the joy out of living. Delilah’s show comes on The Sound 94.1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. She also has a show from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
In a recent adoption article published by the New York Times, an adoptive parent discussed the nature of what he called “adoption culture” and its impact on the lives of adopted children. In the article, the adoptive father suggested that the adoption of unwanted children was not as beneficial to the adoptive children as “white, privileged” parents assumed it was. He also suggested that those interested in adoption should seek to implement political structures that would support mothers who wanted to keep their unborn children alive but were underprivileged and were looking into adoption.
This parent’s response to American citizens who desired to adopt children was recently highlighted as a way the country’s politically correct ideology impacts otherwise logical and compassionate world systems. Not a decade ago, most Americans understood the fact that adoption was a necessary and beneficial act of love toward children who have already been given away by their biological parents. The act of adoption generally shows love and support, not only for the adopted children, but for families who felt unprepared to raise a child or end his or her life unjustly. One author pointed out that this article reflects the impact of the social justice warrior thought process on basic compassionate functions. Instead of praising families who wished to care for children who are not their own, this adoptive parent wrote an article condemning those families for exercising their privileged by daring to believe that the circumstances of the adoptive home would be better than the circumstances of the child’s previous home.
The author discussing this article pointed out that adoptive parents should actually review the facts of their potential child’s circumstance before rushing to make decisions using only feelings, as this article’s contributor did. According to adoption statistics, most children who are adopted in the United States do, in fact, leave a home that is inferior in income, education levels, and social environment, to the home of their adoptive parents.