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Adoption and what it meant to Missy

September is the time United Methodist Churches focus on donations for the Children's Home. Following is a personal experience with the Kentucky United Methodist Children's Home which puts a face on how much it can mean to a child left behind.

By Missy Renfro

Wondering if I should share this story because I am so blessed with faith, a wonderful loving family, an amazing husband, children that make me proud beyond anything I could ever hope for them and a thriving business with amazing clients!

My wake up call this morning was from a funeral home in Crab Orchard, KY telling me my biological Mother had passed. I continued to get calls throughout the day asking me to approve the cremation of her remains.

Mind you, this is a woman I have seen maybe 5 times in the last 40 years.

How could I, or what right did I have to make a decision like that?

The funeral director went on to tell me that if I did not make a decision as her only living child, they would still "dispose of her body" and record it. The only difference is that by me signing the "Cremation Authorization Form", it would be recorded that she had a child, with no other living family or survivors.

I was given a new family after spending 2 years in the Kentucky United Methodist Children's Home, an amazing institution by the way! How many kids that are going through the system get a 2nd chance at all let alone at the age of 12?!

I was given the opportunity to lead a productive life I would never have had if my biological mother didn't drop me off at the Children's Home. I thank her for that.

I am not in mourning of hear death. I did that over 40 years ago when I figured out she did not know how to be a mother. I am sad for her suffering and hope she has now found peace.

Keep your loved ones close, pay attention, listen and show compassion.
Click this link for more information on adoption of a child from the Kentucky United Methodist Children's Home.

This story was posted on 2021-09-03 11:49:51
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Loving family for Missy

2021-09-03 - Photo from family collection.
June was the month for same-day anniversary celebrations for Jim and Annette Richards (in the picture at right) who found Missy at the Methodist Home for Children, and also for Missy and her husband Mike (in the picture at left). Missy says they have been wonderful parents and mentors to her since she was 12.

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