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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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Organizations Family and adoptees Advocates

Mary O

Category: Families and adoptees

White Plains, NY

Children: 2

My husband and I tried having children for 14 years. We were going to adopt because I was in the foster care system for 10 years of my life. So we took the class back in 2003 and in April of 2004, we received a lovely 13 month old girl named Kyra.

A year and a half after having her the caseworker told us that her mother was pregnant with another child would we like her sibling and we said of course.

Now Kyra was still not ours yet... still in the works. But we had God on our side and we got her sister right from the hospital Dec. 5, 2005 just in time for my husband's birthday. We eventually adopted Kyra 4/06 and next week 11/14/08 it's her baby sister's turn after almost 3 years the sisters will be able to grow up together!!!

Jeffrey & Amy A.

Category: Families and adoptees

Newton, AL

Children: 3

We received Will at 2 days old as a foster child. He was our 3rd. He has been such a blessing to us. We have not been able to have children of our own. He has completed our family in so many ways. We would love to receive another child into our home. We officially adopted him, 8 Oct 2008. We look forward to sharing with him and watching him grow up!

Tamyra Z

Category: Families and adoptees

Rochester, NY

Children: 5

My ex-husband and I became foster parents in 2001 in hopes of finally adopting after years of trying to be parents. I remember I had just finished decorating our Christmas tree and thought "well everything is ready now we just need a child" and the phone rang... it was foster care and four hours later we were parenting not one but three little girls that desperately needed a home...Diana was 5, Krissy 2 and Shayla just 2 months.

Needless to say our lives were never the same after that. Life became chaotic, loud, exhausting and absolutely wonderful!

Three years later on November 17, 2004, National Adoption Day, we finalized their adoption. At the time we were already fostering their baby sister, Hayley. On National Adoption day, November 17, 2005, we stood before the judge with her sisters as she legally joined our family.

On February 21, we got a call form DSS asking if I would take a 1 day old baby boy. I thought about it for about 30 seconds, and two days later I brought my son home from the hospital. B

This morning I got the call from our adoption worker, my foster son will be joining our family officially on National Adoption Day 2008!

Pam C

Category: Families and adoptees

Lockhart, TX

Children: 1

The Lord put it on our hearts to adopt after the birth of our second daughter. Our first born was nearly 17 when we finally conceived our second daughter. We knew that we had so much more to offer and wanted to share our lives with more children, so we first tried foster care, we loved it! Then the Lord sent Deandre into our lives. We have had him for 11 months. He is such a joy and a blessing to all of us. We are hoping to finalize on National Adoption Day! We would gladly adopt one or two more children.

Christina T

Category: Families and adoptees

Dallas, TX

Children: 1

Bailey, our little rosebud, legally became a member of our family on National Adoption Day, November 15, 2008. What a wonderful birthday present for her very proud Papa whose birthday was the same day!

Bailey came into our family and into our hearts when she was just 5 days old, after having been taken into protective custody due to prenatal drug exposure. What a wonderful year it has been! She is an extravagant blessing, one that God had His hands on all the way through.

Although Bailey's biological mother cannot be part of her world due to her addictions and lifestyle choices, we are blessed to have loving and close relationships with Bailey's grandmother and older brothers. In addition be being actively involved in their lives, should anything happen to Bailey's grandmother, we have committed to caring for Bailey's older brothers so that they will all grow up together.

Mark and Julie S

Category: Families and adoptees

Newton Falls, OH

Children: 3

We decided to become foster parents after many conversations with a very dear, life-long friend and County Children Services Boys Dorm Unit Staff Employee, John. John had known our soon to be adopted son, Derick, for almost a year. He was very fond of Derick and was determined to find a home for him. Our family met Derick for the first time on Wednesday November 22, 2006. After spending a few hours with this very shy, innocent boy, we knew we had to do everything we could to give him all the opportunities to love, make memories and enjoy life. When we talked to our son Tyler about bringing Derick into our lives forever he responded, “Knowing he is out there, I could not live with myself if we did not try to share with him everything I have, family, friends and memories. Our children were excited to have another brother to play outside with. Derick moved in with us on February 9, 2007. We love him dearly and plan to finalize his adoption around our 2 year anniversary. He is an awesome young man who has been in and out of the foster care system his entire life. He has grown and matured so much over the last year and a half. He has exceeded any and all expectations we have had for him. We are trying to help spread the word of his upcoming adoption. He wants everyone to know he is finally adopted by having his picture and story in every news media possible.

Dolores A.

Category: Families and adoptees

Plano, TX

Children: 1

Our path to adoption started on June 30, 2006. I received a phone call from the caseworker asking me if we would be interested in a little girl. I turned the caseworker down twice because I thought we would be too old to take care of a child so young. I thank the caseworker over and over again in my prayers for bringing my daughter home. When I first saw Annie, I knew she was going to be mine. I knew that no matter what, we could do it. In September 2007, the parental rights were terminated and we started the journey of our life. I have been preparing the perfect invitations, the perfect adoption party, the perfect baptismal. We had relatives from all over the country come see the newest member of the family. Everyone got into their cars and drove to the courthouse. They ran out of stickers for the families because I had so many friends that also came to see the big day. Annie was so excited because she thought it was a party for her birthday. As soon as we walked into the courtroom I panicked. The Lawyer asked my name and I could only remember my first name. I looked around the family- and friend-filled gallery and could only see my brother. It took me a few minutes to remember my married name. I was asked a few questions and I started to cry. Annie was very concerned why mommy was crying. I told her it was happy tears. My husband was one question away from crying. After all was done the judge pronounced us mommy and daddy. My husband and I have never been closer than on that day. It didn't compare to our wedding, dating, nothing. We have our own daughter, and no one can take her away. What a day! Annie understands that she is adopted. She doesn't understand the word, but she knows that no one can ever take her away...We're a family. Everyday is a at our home we wouldn't have it any other way.

Brette W.

Category: Families and adoptees

Detroit, MI

Children: 1

I looked into foster care in 2001, and learned that single people can adopt. I never knew that and was thrilled at the possibility of parenting. I prepared for adoption, classes, the necessary studies and checks, and readied the house.

My son was born on July 2, 2003. He was a welcome addition to my family of grandmother, extended family and a host of friends. He has taught me in his own small way to look at life with wonder. He has helped me not be afraid of the unknown, to have faith and to ask good questions. My son loves me with a love that is unquestioned and brand-new every day. I would be a totally different person if not for my son.

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