Fisher spoke words of encouragement to the crowd that included clergy and churchgoers interested in the One Church, One Child mission as a minority adoption recruitment program. He said each person could encourage families to foster or adopt a child after hearing his story, which emphasized the need for good people to reach out to youths in foster care.
However, I thought the most poignant portion of his speech was when he spoke about forgiveness. He said he has found that “forgiveness is a process.”
Fisher said he felt nothing but compassion for his mother (who died last year), who did not attempt to retrieve him after she was released from prison. He said he also forgave his foster parents for years of abuse.
“I would not have the testimony I have if I had not had all those things happen to me,” he said. “I would not have a chance to explain how I have come to a place of forgiveness. I am free.”