Madison, Robert, and Ashley Clark

Engage

A Call to Love

The challenges and joys of fostering

My husband, Robert, and I met in early 2003 and were married in November 2004. Like many young couples, while dating we spent many hours talking about our future, including our desire to have children. Before we were even married, we both knew we wanted two children—a boy and a girl—and we had names all picked out.

Eventually, though, we realized that we weren’t going to get pregnant on our own, so we considered seeing a fertility specialist. After some initial consultations and a lot of money, however, we abandoned the idea of having a biological child, and I went through a time of deep …

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