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More than 44,500 children in foster care have been adopted on National Adoption Day. It’s a day that represents new lives for children and for their parents. Learn what National Adoption Day means to those who have experienced it first hand.

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Garry & Irene F

Category: Families and adoptees

Bethel, OH

Children: 2

On Saturday Nov. 17, 2007, we adopted three little angels. They had been in our foster home for 2 years and 3 months. These children have been a blessing to our family and will continue to bless us we're sure.

I had already raised three children of my own, and this was a whole new experience.

Looking at these children today you would never know that they were ever exposed to anything but love,joy,laughter,and a loving home. So today I would like to honor God for placing these angels in our home and allowing us to become their parents for the rest of their blessed life. Anyone that reads this please say a prayer for this family and we will be praying for all the adoptive parents across the lands. God bless all you foster and adoptive parents your reward is great.

Michelle L.

Category: Families and adoptees

Winchester, KY

Children: 4

My husband David and I tried to have children for several years with no avail. I was working as a property manager for a low-income property when one of my tenant's son was placed in foster care. This child was the cutest, most lovable child, and so I called my husband and convinced him that we needed to see about becoming his foster parents. Upon calling DCBS, I found out that it was not just that simple and so we enrolled in the classes and began our road to parenthood. We graduated classes in July and did not hear anything until February when we received the most awesome phone call about this little 2-year-old that needed an adoptive placement. My husband and I were thrilled, we found out from the foster mom that Eric loved Bob the Builder so that very night we went to WalMart and bought two car seats and everything they had that was Bob the Builder. Upon getting home, we put everything together and decorated his room for his initial visit the next day. That was the longest 24 hours of my life waiting on the visit of our soon-to-be-son that we had already fallen in love with and yet had never seen. As soon as the they pulled in the drive and opened the door Eric began yelling "ball, ball." My husband who coaches basketball just melted. Eric came in and was never once shy with us. We showed him what would soon be his room and he just played and loved on us and we knew then that the Lord had placed us together. Two days later Eric came to live with us. Six weeks later on income tax day we got the best tax return ever and that was our second son Evan (15 months old). Evan and Eric looked enough alike to be twins and yet they were not even related. The boys bonded immediately and now we had the perfect family. Two years later we finalized the adoptions of both boys on the same day and made everything legal even though they were in our hearts the day they came into our home. Three months after the completion of our first adoption we get a phone call for a sibling group and we agreed to take them and our boys accepted them in and now we went from 0 to 4 kids in less than 3 years. The hole that was in our hearts longing for a child was no later there and that my life was full and overflowing with love. There is no greater joy than that of adopting a child and you know that they are now legally yours forever. We are proud to announce that on November 27, 2007, Noah and Kimberly legally joined our Forever Family. The love of a child is the greatest love of all.

Jennifer L.

Category: Families and adoptees

Tampa, FL

I completed the MAPP class around mid-March 2007 and anxiously prepared my home for the scrutiny of a home study. My home study was completed during the month of May and I waited for the paperwork to go throught the state foster care license system. I received my foster care license on 6/1/07. On 6/4/07, after 6 months or so working with the system, I took a break and didn't answer my cell phone after repeated calls from one of the case managers during my lunch that day. After I finished my lunch, I decided to check my messages and to my excitement, it was a phone call about a 6-year-old who needed a home that day! Well, that was 2:30 pm on 6/4, and I met John that night at 7:30 pm when he was dropped off by a caseworker. We settled him in and to my surprise later that night....I discovered that his birthday was the same day and year my beloved Grandpa passed away. It just felt right. A couple days later, as I was driving him to summer camp, I told him of this coincidence. He quite confidently told me he was Grandpa Rocco's place mat. Place mat? It took me a few minutes to understand. Replacement, is that what he meant? Yep, that was it! I fell in love right there! John's adoption was finalized on 10/12/07. While some days are definitely better than others, I wouldn't trade it for the world. He is an amazing kid who has overcome so much. I am blessed to have him as my son.

Pat M.

Category: Families and adoptees

Austin, TX

Children: 2

Toward the end of Sept. 2005, I received a call from my foster care agency that they had a 23-month-old male for placement and he would be coming from a shelter. He arrived the next day with his caseworker. Then, in Nov., I received a call from my agency saying the State needed a home for a 2-year-old female that was presently in a shelter. I said I would be happy to take her, and the next day she was placed in my home (which happened to be her birthday). A year and half later, I adopted them in a mass adoption that took place in San Antonio, TX on April 13 of this year! It was such a blessing for me and them. They both have now been living with me for 2 years, and we are having so much fun! Everyone asks if they are twins and they always answer "yes." I would urge everyone that is interested in adopting to try to adopt the children that are in foster care in your local area. It means so much to the child to have someone that they can call mom or dad. They want to have parents and they want to be loved! I am a single parent this time around. I have two grown children that were totally for having a little brother and sister. My daughter is a foster mom also and is adopting a baby from foster care that has been with her for two years. His adoption will be finalized in December as he turns 3!

Delores S.

Category: Families and adoptees

Oakland, CA

Children: Nicole and Cotys

Delores and her husband met their two wonderful daughters when they were six months and two-and-a-half years old. They were being raised by an elderly (83 year old) grandmother.

The girls spent many weekends with Delores and her husband, including summer vacations. As time would have it, things came to be that Nicole and Cotys needed a stable home, some due in part to the grandmother's poor health.

Nicole and Cotys came to live with Delores and her husband as foster children. All along though, their intention was to adopt. Finally, the adoption became final on National Adoption Day 2003.

Though there were many bumps in the road and hills and mountains to climb to get the adoption finalized, Delores said, "I would do it all over again. I love being a parent. My daughters are very happy and loved. We enjoy our lives together."

Judy B.

Category: Families and adoptees

Danville, KY

Children: Derek and Carissa

Judy and her husband have one biological child and adopted siblings Derek and Carissa.

Judy describes her family as absolutely spectacular - Derek and Carissa have helped make their family complete.

She said, "Our biological child is the main reason we decided to adopt. He was not happy being an only child and when we approached him about adoption he was all over it. God has blessed our family through the miracle of adoption and if I can do anything to encourage one more family to take this step I want to do that."

Ivy S.

Category: Families and adoptees

El Paso, TX

Children: Destiny, Jon and Staci

Several years ago, Ivy and her husband began trying to get pregnant. After an incredible amount of heart ache, they went to their doctor for help. A year later, after attempts at using fertility drugs had failed, they found out Ivy had several issues keeping her from getting pregnant.

After much discussion, Ivy and her husband decided not to go through with any more treatments, but to adopt. They submitted their application to an international adoption agency. After about a month, they realized that was not the option for them either.

A week after they decided to explore foster care adoption. They were shown the picture of a beautiful sibling group that would be coming up for adoption soon. They went home and talked about it and decided to wait to make a decision until after the children's court date.

As Ivy and her husband waited, they learned a little about the children's story. The two older siblings had been both neglected and physically abused by their biological parents. Luckily, they were sent to live with a wonderful foster family that helped their wounds heal and taught them what a family should be like.

A week after Ivy and her husband were shown the children's picture, they were freed for adoption. After much talk and prayer, they decided to see if they would be accepted as their parents. The children came home forever with Ivy and her husband on May 6, 2006.

As Ivy put it, "I can honestly say that these children have blessed me in uncountable ways. Infertility became the best thing that ever happened to me."

Jillian F

Category: Families and adoptees

Overton, NV

Children: Brooklyn

Brooklyn was born on February 11, 2000, in Las Vegas. Her birth mother was 15 and in foster care. The two of them came to live with us in November 2000 and we came to love them both.

Unfortunatly, Brooklyn's birth mother was not prepared to raise a child and spent the next several years bouncing Brooklyn from one home to another. Because she herself was a foster child, extra effort was made to try and keep them together. We always stayed connected to them both regardless of where they were living. Whenever her birth mother felt things were unraveling, she would ask to have Brooklyn placed with us. She was determined to live on her own and make her own way. Brooklyn was placed back in her mother's care for the forth time in November 2003.

On April 30, 2004, we received a call that she had fled the state with her. A couple of days later she called and asked us to fly across the county to pick up Brooklyn, which we did. Parental rights were terminated June 3, 2005.

Although we feel very sad for Brooklyn's birth mother and wish she could have accepted the guidance that was offered to her, we are forever grateful that she saw the necessity to keep Brooklyn close to us. Although Brooklyn was not adopted until she was nearly six, she has been bonded to us since she was an infant. She brings joy to our lives every day.

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