Richard and Brittany met when Richard was a foster child. Their friendship grew to love and the couple married. There were never any secrets between the two—knowing each other first as friends, their lives were open books to each other.
So when they created a family through marriage, Brittany was completely on board with Richard’s desire to help foster kids. They always knew they would foster children. The Oden’s plan was to begin their family, having a few biological children, then they would welcome in foster children and fill their lives with love—a love that was often missing in Richard’s young life.
Richard joined the military and the couple got pregnant . . . Three times. Each pregnancy ended in miscarriage. One day the couple got a call—there was a sibling group that needed a home, would they take them in? They did. This faith-filled couple realized that God’s plan was different than the one they had made. In the Oden family, they would foster first, have a biological child later. The Odens have shared portions of their story here, here, and here.