We are a proud Adoptive Family! After several years of hoping, praying, and trying for a baby, my husband led us in the decision to foster with the hope of adopting. We were never in the “fost-to-adopt” category, but by God’s grace, we were able to adopt the third and fourth foster children who came into our home.
“Eddie” came to us as a 2 1/2-year-old foster child in October of 2010. We never thought we would adopt him, and were amazed when, one year later, the court decided to terminate parental rights. Both birth parents relinquished their rights, and Eddie became our adopted son six months later, on April 23rd, 2012. In order to understand how dramatic a change this was, Eddie had been staying with his birth mom five days a week only weeks before she relinquished. Part of parenting Eddie has involved helping him to grieve the loss of his first mom, and to grieve for her loss, as well. This is a real dynamic for adoptive families.
“Emma” arrived in our home exactly four weeks after Eddie, in November of 2010. She was only 3 days old, and we had high hopes of adopting her from the start. After a long and rocky road, her birth parents also relinquished their rights nearly a year later. She also became our adopted daughter on April 23rd, 2012. She has known no other family but our’s, so helping her understand her beginnings will be different than with Eddie. As for now, “adopted” is a word she hears occassionally.
I’m so glad our son and daughter were adopted on the same day, and have been brother and sister since their earliest memories. God has truly blessed us – all four of us.
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