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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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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 glorious...noisy..loud..laughing...day 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.


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!


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