Rural Texas town collectively adopted 76 children from foster care

Bishop W. C. Martin, pastor of Bennett Chapel, in the East Texas town of Possum Trot, adopted four children, two with special needs, from foster care, with his wife, Donna, back in the 1990s. Their action, which Martin wrote about in “Small Town Big Miracle: How Love Came to the Least of These” released in 2007, prompted the residents of Possum Trot, with a population of 300 and no paved roads, to collectively adopt more than 76 children. The story, and the success of the children, has been feature in national media, and, in one of its last shows, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, built the town a recreational center for its adopted residents.

Judy Cockerton, founder of the Treehouse Foundation, at the foundation’s multi-generational community in Easthampton.

Martin will share his experience, during a public talk, sponsored by the Treehouse Foundation, on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 455 Island Pond Road. November is National Adoption Month. He will also talk to faith based leaders at 11 a.m. at the church about, according to a foundation release, ” to help us explore the possibility of a faith-based community response to the needs of children and youth experiencing foster care.” A buffet lunch will follow the talk; a book signing will following the 7 p.m. talk.

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