The Conklins - An Amazing Family

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Keller Williams Realty Lancaster

An Amazing Family

I had an absolutely incredible experience on Thursday, September 16. I was invited by Mike and Thelma Conklin to attend the adoption of their son. Pictured below was our source of transportation to the Franklin County courthouse in Chambersburg, PA

Conklin family

My story with the Conklin family begins several years ago when I was their pastor. I visited them through illnesses and hospitalizations. The Conklins have 12 children with 10 of their children being adopted. Most of these children are special needs children. Unfortunately many of these children have been affected by the drug and/or alcohol addictions of their birth mothers.

The Conklins are very special people who have a deep love for children and do an incredible job of providing a loving home for all their children.

Conklin family

I had attended at least 3 other adoptions which were held in Lancaster County, PA. A week before the adoptions the Conklins asked me if I wanted to attend this one in Franklin County and I jumped at the chance. The Hummer limo provided us with first class transportation to the adoption hearing.

It was a very special day and my hats off to this family. The love of the Conklin family is very evident. I was very surprised to be called as a witness at the hearing. I never had testified at any of the previous hearings and the lawyer told me when she met me that she wanted to call me. I was shocked, but was privileged to share my respect for this family

Give thanks for a family like this.

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Thanks Wanda.

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September 24, 2010 08:03 AM
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Renée Burrows
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What a special cause you have "adopted" Cal!  Mike and I are considering being host parents for foreign exchage students next year.  We had an opportunity where the student's dad died when he was 5.  We are currently not in a position to do this mentally yet but hope we can make a difference in some lives.

September 24, 2010 05:14 PM
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Renee,

You will make a difference wherever you decide to place your efforts - that is a sure thing. One of the questions I was asked by the lawyer was, "Does the fact that they have 12 children cause you concern?" I told the court I could not do what the Conklins do, but after watching them I said I had to hesitation with recommending them to adopt another one.

Best my friend,

Cal

September 24, 2010 05:17 PM
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Big congratulations to the Conklins!

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Cal - I'm a little late to the bandwagon but glad I caught this post.  Wow, I'm in awe of this special family.  I've a special needs grandson and know firsthand how much just  one child like this can take out of you.  What an honor that you were included in the adoption.  They must think of you as family. 

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