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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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Washington Family Story

Category: Families and adoptees


At the young age of 21 and 22, we adopted our two boys who were ages 6 and 9 at the time. They are our everything. We feel like they were here from birth, the transition and adjustment as a family was quick and wonderful. We are now approaching the adoption of our three year old foster daughter this National Adoption Day. I encourage others to see that these children need a forever home.

Category: Families and adoptees

San Marcos , CA

Kathryn R.

Category: Families and adoptees

Mokena, IL

I was born 4th in a family where my father was rarely home because of work, and my mother was mentally unstable. My oldest sister was given up for adoption at birth, and my 2nd oldest sister, who was 7 when I was born, was left to practically raise myself, and my sister who is 1 year older than I. We were severly neglected, and eventually taken away at ages 3, 4, and 11.

We were placed in the same foster home, then separated when the foster parents couldn't care for 3 kids. My sister (the 1 year older one) and I were placed in a different home. Eventually, all 3 of us ended up in a home for girls, where we lived for a few years.

Throughout that time, we went on weekly visits with our birth parents. When they lost their parental rights, we met our new parents. Months later, we got to go home for good.

The one day of this entire process I have memorized is the day of our adoption. My sister and I were 12 and 13, and dressed in our Sunday best at the courthouse. We had our hair and nails done and everything. After the judge and social workers talked with both sets of our parents, the judge asked us, "Would you like to be adopted?" My sister and I enthusiastically screamed "Yes!" We had finally found a permanent home and family.

It took me years to realize that my story is what made me a stronger person in life. I may never get answers from my birth parents about what exactly happened, but I am at peace with that. I love them and my adoptive family unconditionally. If I hadn't lived my past, I would probably not be determined to make foster care a better system, or have made it my life's mission to promote foster care adoption. The people that I was surrounded by throughout the entire process made me who I am, and I am eternally grateful for the sacrifices they made to get me here today.

To the children waiting for a forever home: Never give up. Never stop hoping. You have seen what you have seen for a reason. You are strong, and I encourage you to be proud of your story. There are so many people who love you and think about you everyday, myself included. You can make something of yourself. You can make the world a better place.

To those thinking about foster care adoption: These children are in need of so much love and a permanent home. You can change a child's life.

Category: Families and adoptees

Orlando, FL

Monique H.

Category: Families and adoptees

La Mirada, CA

My husband and I were in the military when we decided that we wanted to adopt a child. We had been married for 8 years and knew it was something we had wanted to do. We were stationed in Arizona and contacted an adoption agency. The agency asked us if we had any preferences on race or gender. For us that was an easy question, we just wanted a child to love and share our lives with. We were blessed because the day after our home study was complete the agency called and told us that a birth mother that lived very close to us had chosen us to adopt. Our birthmother was a beautiful soul and wanted the best for her child. She let my husband and I take her the hospital when she went into labor and allowed me to help deliver our daughter. I was the first person to see or touch our daughter. I knew that our birthmother was making the most difficult decision of her life. Her decision is something that I will never take for granted. My husband and I revolve our lives around our beautiful child who is now a gorgeous 3 year old girl. We let our daughter know that she is special because she has her daddy and mommy that love her and a birthmother that loved her sooo much that she sacrificed her own happiness for our baby. To see our daughter with our family you would never know that she was adopted. Our immediate and extended family showers her with love and they make no difference between her and the biological children in our family. She is the most beautiful gift from God that I have ever received. I can’t imagine creating a child as perfect as her.

Margaret A.

Category: Families and adoptees

Seattle, WA

At just four months old, I was adopted from Seoul, Korea and brought to the United States. I was greeted with my entire new adoptive family at Sea-Tac Airport. Many hugs, kisses and cuddles were given that day. I was also greeted by my older brother, Paul, who was also adopted from Seoul.

I don't remember much from the day that I became a U.S. Citizen, but my parents have a picture of that special day. A photo of my brother and I, and me wearing a little red dress for the special occasion. It was on that day, January 12, 1988 that I became a U.S. Citizen. Growing up, my parents would always take me out to dinner on that special day to celebrate my citizenship. It always made me feel so special. They also would do the same thing for my brother.

I now am a young adult, and live on my own. I am actively advocating for adoption and spreading awareness as much as I can in my day to day activities.

To the children waiting in foster care, there are so many of us out here who are thinking of you, and praying that you will get a permanent home, because you are all just like me, so special and loved.

Lynnette D.

Category: Families and adoptees

Des Moines, IA

This coming Saturday on National Adoption Day, we are going to be blessed by adopting two beautiful daughters ages 6 and 9. They have been with us for almost 15 months and chose this day to make them a part of our family. God brought us together and God has made us a family.

Category: Families and adoptees

Longmont, CO

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