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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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West Columbia Adoption Story

Category: Families and adoptees

West Columbia, TX

My husband and I were married four years and had not been able to get pregnant when we decided to adopt. Our first foster care placement was only with us for 2 weeks. Then we got the call about Kingston who was just born and his 20 month old sister Laysa. We instantly became a family of four. We spent the first year with them fighting for them in court and taking them to visits with the biological mother.

On Kingston's first birthday the Judge ordered parental rights terminated for Kingston! This was our happiest day thus far. I think i finally breathed for the first time since they came to us. Days after the good news I got even better news. I found out i was pregnant! Really long story short, at 5 months my uterus ruptured, baby Emersyn died, I barely survived. When my original due date arrived we decided out family wouldn't be complete with out a third kid so that's when Cassius Madden came to us. We finalized Kingston's adoption on November 19th!


San Diego Adoption Story

Category: Families and adoptees

San Diego, CA

My wife and I adopted two wonderful children from Korea. I made films so I could record their history. All the films are on YouTube, under the searchword matthewcyahoo. The films show our first meeting, her first Halloween, Christmas, etc... Adoption has changed our lives and the videos show the spirit and emotion of our experiences.


Pinellas Park Adoption Story

Category: Families and adoptees

Pinellas Park, FL

Our story is a little unique. Alana has been in my husband's life since she was born. When she was three years old a DNA test was done and my husband found out that he was not her biological father, but instead of walking away from her he stood up to be her father.

Alana is now 10 years old and has been in our care full-time since January 2009. I have been in her life since she was five years old. Her mother developed a drug addiction and lost custody of all her children. On November 12, 2010 we adopted her which was National Adoption Day in Pinellas County. My husband was so excited that he was now officially named as her father. She is now in her forever home!


Dayton Beach Adoption Story

Category: Families and adoptees

Daytona Beach, FL

My husband and I became foster parents to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children in the dependency system. We never new that God had a better plan a more forever plan. We have two children that are beautiful and truly a blessing to us. This year we adopted the two most beautiful, loving, talented and children and we thank God for them both.


Apple Creek, Ohio Adoption Story

Category: Families and adoptees

Apple Creek, OH

Children: 7

We are adopting our 7th child on November 23, 2010. We are adopting through foster care. She was placed in our home at 6 months old. We are naming our daughter Brielle Aleighna and she is the only girl. We will now have 2 biological children and five adopted. We have been foster parents for 15 years and after this adoption we will no longer accept foster children. We are excited to adopt this little girl and finish our family. She is a wonderful addition to the family and is a true princess. She has insisted on wearing her tiara to the adoption. We are so blessed to have such an opportunity to build our family through the foster care system. This has been such a relief since my husband, is battling with tongue cancer. Now that all the treatments are over and he will be able to enjoy this wonderful adoption day. We will soon be adding our wonderful spoiled princess to our home and couldn't be happier as a family.


Saint Michael, MN Adoption Story

Category: Families and adoptees

Saint Michael, MN

My husband, Scott and I have been married for 14 years and have two beautiful biological children, a son who is 10, and a daughter who is 8. We have always felt called to adopt, but were waiting for the "right time".

A year ago this past summer, we came to the realization that there was no such thing as a "right time" and decided to research our options. Through our research, we learned that there are over 700 children in the Minnesota Waiting Children's Program waiting for their forever families. Scott and I decided to search for a child or sibling group younger than our two biological children but were not having much luck finding a good match. Then last February, we had decided to take a break from the search but not before attending one last matching event, an event designed to bring together home study approved families and children waiting for a family. At this event, we met Ashley, a 17-year old girl we had seen on our local news station's "Thursday's Child" segment back in September of '09. When we saw Ashley on television, we thought she seemed like a delightful young lady but were still in the mindset that we were looking for younger children, not a teenage girl for goodness sake!

To make a long story short, the events of that day left my husband and I both believing that we were being called to adopt Ashley. We left the matching event stunned, confused and scared. We knew what we were SUPPOSED to do, but were we ready, willing and able? Many of our friends and family said "Are you CRAZY?!?! You have two healthy, beautiful children, why would you want to bring a teenager into your home?!?" It was an extremely difficult decision but after much discernment, we decided to inquire about adopting Ashley. After going through the process of having those involved in her life determining if we were indeed a good match for her, we brought her home for good this past June 17th. Ashley's adoption will be finalized on National Adoption Day. It is an especially exciting day for her as after having been in foster care since she was 2 years old, her adoption comes just three weeks shy of her 18th birthday. Ashley is a wonderful example of what a blessing these children can be to a family. These are good kids who had the misfortune of having been born to parents unable to care for them and they deserve families too!


Hollywood Foster Care Adoption Story

Category: Families and adoptees

Hollywood, FL

For many of America’s 1.5 million adopted children, the cliché that says “you don’t know where you are going until you know where you have been” brings more questions than answers. Until last week, that was true for me as well. A quarter century ago, a young California woman faithfully placed her child up for adoption. She knew of the adoptive family and they knew of her, but moments after that child was born, the adoption didn’t go through. At that same instant, a family thousands of miles away got a call that forever changed their lives as they were told they had a daughter. That daughter is me.

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to travel 2,689 miles in search of my earliest beginnings. Even after reaching Ontario, California, I was still uncertain if I was truly prepared for this. Could I face my biological mother? Did I want to? What was I hoping to hear, find, and discover? What would I say? And would I get the chance to meet the biological siblings I always dreamed of, a brother and sisters with shared DNA, yet whom until recently I didn’t know existed.

As time passed, I realized there were no easy questions, nor was it likely I’d find answers to truly quiet the curiosity, fantasies, and questions that had been part of my life since my father told me at an early age that he and my mother had chosen me, even though they hadn’t given birth to me.

As I walked into the hotel lobby to meet my biological mother for the first time, I was so nervous I don’t even think I was breathing. However, as soon as we sat down and began to talk, I felt an overwhelming sense of peace. I always knew that she made the right decision, a decision that I am thankful for every day of my life. I knew this was not comfortable for her either. I have always understood that letting me go was not easy, yet I have always understood that at that moment in her life 25 years earlier, it was the decision she unselfishly had to make.

We talked together for some time, but it was mostly me answering questions she nervously asked – not the deep conversation I had sometimes imagined. She shared about her life and asked about mine. The need for answers was quickly surrendered to the opportunity simply to be together for those moments – to see and be seen.

The next night, I met my sisters and brother. We spoke about our lives and searched for similarities, things that would solidify our bond. They all seemed so excited, like they had dreamed of this day just as long as I had. We agreed that we were in a unique situation, that we all had different concerns, emotions and hopes for the future, but the fact that we were able to find a middle ground where we could build a relationship would be amazing.

I returned to South Florida with a sense of peace and comfort I’d not known for many years. In the quiet of my mind, I again reviewed so many years of questions that had now been answered. I thought of my parents, grateful for their choice to accept, raise and love me as their daughter. I thought of my biological mother and siblings, with empathy for the journey of each of their lives. And I thought of the millions of other adopted children throughout the world, wondering if they had similar questions, and if they’d ever have the same opportunity.

I am now working operations manager for the nonprofit PAIRS Foundation where I work to assist in spreading the word about adoption and continue to assist children in the foster care system, who were not blessed with the opportunities I was.


Grand Prairie, Texas Forever Family

Category: Families and adoptees

Grand Prairie, TX

Children: 2

I actually started the adoption process before I had my biological son in 2006. People thought I was crazy, a young black female, mid-twenties, no kids and single. But it was a desire of my heart, and I was determined to make a difference. Fast forwarding about 4 years......January 2009, my son turned 3 and I restarted the process. He needed a sibling and I wanted another child. I searched the TARE website daily! In April I saw a little boy who touched my heart. He had been physically abused and actually lived in the DFW area. I contacted my case worker and the rest was history. I was choosen for him and the process was fast and smooth. He was in my home at the end of May and I adopted him in November of 2009 on NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY. I am forever grateful to EVERYONE who was involved. That day was awesome and will never be forgotten. I will always make it a priority to volunteer on NAD so another family can experience what I did.


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