Some West Texas foster parents later opt to adopt children

Staff Writer

ODESSA, Texas (AP) — Adopting or foster parenting a child is an enormous responsibility, but it’s one some Permian Basin couples find more rewarding than demanding.
And the Rev. Aaron Zapata, Dr. Richard Bartlett and the Rev. Darrell Trout say multiple children just amplify the returns.
The Odessa American reports that Zapata, children’s pastor at Grace Christian Fellowship, and his wife Julie began as foster parents working with Buckner Family Place and then adopted two 5-year-old boys and an 18-month-old boy.
“It’s one of those things you feel called to and it’s hard not to follow through,” said Zapata, former youth pastor at Antioch Christian Church. “We’ve had 17 kids in our home. We both have fertility issues and knew from an early age, before we were married, that we wanted to adopt.
“It’s clear from the Gospels that we have been adopted ourselves by Jesus.”...To read more, please refer to our print or online edition.