First a Foster Child, Then a Foster Parent: Man’s Life Comes Full Circle

Book to be released November 11, 2016.

Denalee Chapman March 18, 2016

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.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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