Stressed Out Over One Bad Call

This past week, the Dallas Cowboys lost to Green Bay in a very close NFC playoff game. Many have pointed fingers at NFL officiating, and a particular call on a pass from quarterback Tony Romo to Dez Bryant. Ruled an incomplete pass at the Packers’ one yard line, the decision was certainly controversial.

Green Bay v. Dallas NFC playoff game controversial call at one-yard line

This moment in the Green Bay v. Dallas NFC playoff game has what to do with adopting?

Here’s what interests me, though. In his post-game press conference, Dallas Coach Jason Garret, shared his take on the game and the impact of this particular play.

“Let me be clear, this game was not about officiating,” Garrett stated. “We had sixty minutes.”

It is so easy to focus on the one glaring failure, the one major injustice, or the one missed opportunity. I’ve always been afraid, as a dad of both biological and adopted kids, that one flippant remark, one absence, one misplaced disciplinary decision, would forever fail my child.

As parents, though, we have a lifetime to invest into our children. Our children’s future is determined not by a few select moments, but by commitment over time, through triumph and in spite of missteps.

So if you are a struggling mom or dad, keep at it. You haven’t ruined anything, and it’s never too late to redeem the struggle for your child. Adoption will certainly bring more than anyone’s share of struggles, including children, parents and extended family members.

For those of you waiting to be parents, the process can seem to have its share of bad officiating. Wait for it, though. You’ll meet your child and then laugh at the obstacles you overcame.

Adoption is sometimes worthy of every clichéd description assigned to it. Let’s agree to look past the bad calls and remain focused on the entire “sixty minutes of the game.”

If you would like to help a child know the love of a family, whether by becoming an adoptive parent, volunteering with WACAP or offering your financial support to help bring children home, contact WACAP at

About WACAP’s New CEO: Joining WACAP in December, Greg Eubanks brings with him a passion for serving children and families that has been at the heart of his professional career since he began as a case manager and family therapist in the mid-90s. He comes to WACAP a 20-year veteran in nonprofit executive leadership and business administration with extensive experience in international adoption and foster care. Alongside WACAP’s community of families and supporters, Greg is committed to bringing hope to the children living without a family … and helping them home.



WACAP (World Association for Children and Parents) is one of the largest and most experienced international nonprofit adoption and child assistance agencies in the United States. Since 1976, we’ve placed over 10,000 children with loving adoptive parents and provided food, medical care and education to more than 200,000 children around the world.
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