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Flooded By Love And Togetherness, Family Embraces Adoption
11/13/2013 12:44:34 PM

Parents Shana & Ernest Flood (sitting) with children (top row l-r) Isaiah & Christopher, (middle row l-r) Ethan, Joshua & Jacob.

By Barney Blakeney

Ernest and Shana Flood already had two boys, two-year-old Joshua and 4-year-old Ethan, when their christian spirit told them to share the love they had with other children. So they became foster parents. Then, six years ago, they met 10-year-old Isaiah and realized they wanted him to be a part of their family. The relationship has been so rewarding, they’ve since adopted two other boys, Jacob and Christopher.

November is National Adoption Month. If ever there was a poster family for the observance, it’s the Flood family. The Flood boys range in ages from 7-year-old Joshua to 15-year-old Isaiah. Their personalities are just as wide-ranging.

Christopher is the latest to join the family. He was adopted seven months ago. He’s the articulate sportsman. His older brother Isaiah is quietly protective of his younger brothers, he’s also the most adventurous in the group. Jacob, the middle brother, doesn’t have much to say.

Ethan, who is nine, talks enough for them both. Seven-year-old Joshua sees his four brothers as that many more playmates.

Shana Flood says she’s comfortable being the only woman in the Flood brood. She comes from a large family and grew up around a lot of boys. They’re less drama, she says.

Ernest grew up with a small family that included his mother, brother and sister. The fact that his father was absent in their family structure motivates him to fill that role in the lives of his own boys. Foremost for him is showing the boys unconditional love.

As the family disciplinarian, Ernest said his boys sometimes try him. After all, they’re boys. Through love, prayer and structure the family stays busy. The older boys are more helpful, but everyone has responsibilities, Ernest said. His son Ethan loves it that they all work together as a team. He doesn’t feel left out, he says.

Within their family there’s a sense of normality that Shana says also is perceived by those outside the family. Non-traditional families are more common now days, she says. She hopes they adopt another boy.

Jacqueline Adams, adoption recruiter for S.C. Dept. of Social Services Region III Adoptions, said the Floods are just one example of the joys in adoption. There are approximately 3,500 children in South Carolina foster care. About 1,200 have plans for adoption, 489 in the Tri-County area.

Besides the love, enrichment and fulfillment that comes with adoption, there are financial, medical and educational benefits, Adams said. Older children and minority children are less often adopted and many need to be rescued from “ageing out” to the streets, crime and despair.

“There are no perfect or imperfect children,” Adams says. “The only perfect child is one who,is accepted and loved despite his or her imperfections.”

For information about adopting a child contact Adams at 3346 Rivers Ave., Ste. F or call (843) 953-9758.

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