by REBECCA GRACE | AFA Journal Staff Writer
As an adopted child herself, actress and former model Chelsea Noble
has a passion for adoption and a love for motherhood.
"I love being a mother," Chelsea told the AFA Journal over
tea at Padris Italian Cuisine in Agoura Hills, California.
"Its the most fulfilling thing."
But it was not too long ago that the aspiring young actress made
a free-spirited move from the East Coast to Hollywood in an attempt
to make a go of her acting career. More than a year passed, and
she was preparing to move back to New York when she landed an audition
for a role on the family sitcom Growing Pains.
After reading for a role for which she considered herself to be
completely wrong, the producers called Chelsea back for another
part and cast her as Kate MacDonald, the onscreen girlfriend of
the mischievous Mike Seaver.
It was only a matter of time before her life took an unexpected
turn as she fell in love with actor and co-star Kirk Cameron, both
on and off the screen.
Kirk is quick to admit that he was crazy about Chelsea from the
beginning of their friendship that developed on the set after they
both found each other to be Christians something rare in
He swept me off of my feet, basically!" Chelsea said.
Now 14 years and six children later, Kirk and Chelsea Cameron are
still no strangers to the camera having starred in two Left Behind
movies and the recent ABC reunion movie titled Growing Pains:
Return of the Seavers (2004). In addition, they just finished
filming the soon-to-be-released movie Left Behind World
Both on and off the set, its obvious that the Camerons are
prime examples of Christs love as they seek to penetrate Hollywood
with the light of the Gospel and a pro-family message of adoption.
Sharing a strong love for children, Kirk and
Chelsea decided "we would want to adopt our first ones so they would
always know they were our first choice that they were our
first babies," Chelsea explained.
"My feeling was that I wanted to be a dad, and the kids didnt
need to have my genes and my DNA," Kirk added.
So the couple began the process by contacting an adoption agency.
The agency later closed, but through it, the couple met a social
worker who ended up playing a significant role in their multiple
"She just came to us each year with children from similar backgrounds
and just thought about us," Chelsea said of their social worker.
"We had no reason to believe we couldnt have children. It
was just [that] we decided to adopt our first two, and then the
third one came along and then the fourth one came along," Chelsea
For four years we kept getting offered more kids to adopt,
and so we did," Kirk explained.
"I mean, look in the Scriptures where it talks about [how] true
religion is taking care of widows and orphans," he added. "As Christians
anyone who is truly a Christian wasnt born into the Christian
family. You were adopted in through faith in Christ."
"We just felt like this was the way God wanted to build our family,"
In fact, the couple was considering a fifth adoption when Chelsea
became pregnant with their first biological child. One year later,
Chelsea was expecting their second biological child for a total
of six children Jack, Isabella, Anha, Luke, Olivia and James
all are eight years old and younger.
"It just kind of turned into a big family," Kirk admitted. "Now
were just trying to throw on the breaks and say
However, when asked if he would be willing to adopt again, Kirk
said, "You know, I would say I would like for us to be finished,
but at the same time, if a situation comes up and the Lord presents
something where a little baby needs a home, and it [the situation]
is just perfect, then Im not going to turn him away
According to an informational packet released by FamilyLifes
Hope for Orphans, an educational ministry founded by Dennis and
Barbara Rainey and dedicated to helping the fatherless, millions
of children worldwide are longing to be adopted.
FamilyLifes information says, "There are 5.5 million orphans
in Africa, 3.5 million orphans in Asia, 1.5 million orphans in Eastern
Europe, 400,000 orphans in Latin America, and 135,000 children available
for adoption in the U. S. foster care system."
Although children are available, both Kirk and Chelsea encourage
couples to make sure they are ready to adopt.
"There is a miracle in adoption that people dont realize
until they do it," Chelsea explained. "[But]
I dont know
that I would advise everyone to adopt
. [just like] I wouldnt
advise everyone to be parents
or to have babies," she continued.
"I dont think that everyone is made for that
. I think
that having a child needs to be a passion for you," she added. "It
has to be something you are fully committed to and excited about
whether youre adopting or having kids."
to each other
The Camerons were committed to parenthood
from the beginning as evident from their adoption of four children
who are of mixed races.
When it comes to adoption, Chelsea says it is important to realize
that the child does not have to look like the adoptive parents.
[have] to be open to any child that the Lord would bring
to you because every child is truly a blessing, and you will fall
in love with that baby," Chelsea explained. "If you want to adopt
a baby, be open and let God bring you the right baby."
"Ive always said to Chelsea if I were to have a million kids
lined up and to handpick six of them, I couldnt have chosen
more beautiful and wonderful kids than these six," Kirk said. "So
I see Gods hand in bringing our whole family together."
"Theres so much love in our family we tend to just gravitate
towards our likeness and really just love our differences," Chelsea
Just as there are children of all sizes, shapes, and colors waiting
to be adopted, FamilyLifes Hope for Orphans notes that there
are also various ways to adopt including the following three basic
types of adoption:
U. S. Foster Care adoption
According to the ministry, adopting a child can range in cost from
zero to $30,000. However, the cost should not be a sole deterrent
since financial assistance is often available through grants, tax
credits, employment funding programs and churches.
Knowing there are different approaches, Chelsea believes it is
very important to pray about the decision to adopt as well as explore
the various options that are out there.
"I dont know the best way to do it," she admitted.
Being godly parents
But for Kirk and Chelsea, it simply means following the lead of
their Heavenly Father not just through the adoption process
but throughout their tenure as parents. They realize the great responsibilities
that come with parenting, which is why they seek Gods wisdom
on a daily basis.
"Ive made a commitment to read the Word every day without
fail not in a legalistic way," Kirk said. "I also try to
have a good book that Im reading on some Christian-living
One such book that Kirk and Chelsea use as a parenting tool second
to the Bible is titled Shepherding A Childs Heart by
"It lifts the wisdom of parenting out of the Bible and is the most
amazing tool about godly parenting, godly discipline, getting to
the heart of a child and not the behavior, [and] teaching the heart
of your child
.," Chelsea explained. "I want a child whose
heart understands their need for God and understands Gods
Therefore, she and Kirk run a tight ship when it comes to the structure
and function of their family. But this tight ship sails on a sea
of unconditional love as seen through prayer time, family devotions,
family hikes, beach trips, free-for-alls in the yard, times of jubilant
worship through dancing and singing, and Sunday visits with Grandma.
When it comes to school, Chelsea makes three trips a day.
For transportation, she drives a 15-passenger van.
When its time to grocery shop, Chelsea takes on the role
of a football coach who calls the play expecting her children to
snap the ball of obedience.
As far as household items, she goes through an immeasurable number
of paper towels.
And when it comes to a babysitter, she calls for a staff of four
or five which is only on rare occasions.
"I am always with them, so I want to get to the heart of my kids,"
Chelsea said while recognizing and valuing the leadership Kirk provides
as a father and a husband.
"Having a dad that leads the way he does makes my job as a mom
so much more wonderful because I can rely on him to lead," she said.
But that doesnt lessen her role as mother.
"The gift of motherhood is so huge
.," Chelsea said. "I want
to know what it means to be a mom," which is the reason the Camerons
do not have nannies to help with the children.
"I want to be in the trenches," she added. "I want to know that
Ive been there, and Ive experienced all aspects of being
a mom. Theres just nothing like it!
"I remember the moment every single one of my six kids was put
in my arms, and it was that same feeling of this is my child, and
Im going to get to be their mother, and I am the most blessed
girl that ever lived. I felt that six times over," she continued.
"Its the gift of parenthood. Its the gift of being
HOW CHELSEA TOLD HER EIGHT-YEARR-OLD SON ABOUT ADOPTION
was I in your tummy?
Chelsea told her eight-year-old son about adoption
Jack: Mommy, was I in your tummy?
Chelsea: No, honey.
Jack: What about Bella?
Jack: What about Anha?
Jack: What about Luke?
Jack: Well, whos tummy was I in?
Chelsea: Well, sweetheart, I dont know her name. But you
were in an amazingly, special, incredible womans tummy,
and she took care of you in her tummy for nine months. And when
the time came for you to be born, she felt God talking to her
heart and telling her that Mommy and Daddy were meant to be your
mommy and daddy. And because she loved you, she took care of you
for nine months. And, Jack, she did the most amazing thing. She
listened to God. She wanted you to be where you were supposed
to be where God wanted you to be. And then, Jack
uses people like angels not angels with wings but
anyone who does Gods work is like an angel
. The minute
she [our social worker] brought you to me, I started crying because
I had been praying for a little boy with green eyes like Daddy
and curly hair. I looked at you, and I knew that you came straight
from heaven, that God brought you to our family and you were the
baby I had been praying for.
FamilyLifes Hope for Orphans
Adoption Association (AWAA)
Camerons Web site
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