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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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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.

Fay & John

Category: Families and adoptees

Watertown, MA

Children: James and Arnald

We have been so blessed having James and Arnald in our lives. We adopted Arnald in December 2004. We've had the privilege of having his half-brother James in our lives since he was 3 days old. We adopted James officially on National Adoption Day 2007.

Mary-Ann C.

Category: Families and adoptees

Ashland, KY

My son wrote this story about his adoption day for a third grade assignment.

"The Adoption"

One summer morning I woke up early. My mother told me to get dressed because my sister and I were going to court to get adopted! At that time my name was Andrew. I got to change my name to Victor Clarke. I was very excited about having a new mom and a new name!

My sister and I had lived with Mary for about three years. Mary, my sister, and I were going to talk to a judge he asked us about living with Mary forever.

On May 12, 2004, Mary Clarke adopted my sister and me. That evening we had a party at Central Park. I invited my baseball team. We had a water war. I got a pen that plays music. My sister and I had our first ice cream cake. It said Happy Gotcha Day on it. Then we went to play in the park and climbed some trees. Then our mom told us to pack up to go home.

I felt different because I was going home with a new mom and felt really happy.

Jonathan P. T.

Category: Families and adoptees

Plymouth, MA

Two years ago, Jonathan and Jennifer Thompson’s first adoptive son was born at South Shore Hospital. Nicholas was two months premature and Jennifer, a nurse in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), was his primary caregiver. After a few weeks, Jennifer noticed that no family was coming to visit Nicholas and when she inquired about his situation, she was told that Nicholas had been abandoned. Jonathan and Jennifer had wanted more children after the birth of their daughter, now age six, but were having difficulty. The two had prayed earnestly that God would provide the means for them to have more children. The old saying, “Be careful what you pray for, you may just get it” came true for the Thompsons. On December 15, 2004, Jonathan and Jennifer officially adopted Nicholas Patrick into their family after becoming his foster parents through the foster care system. The family provided foster care for Nicholas’ little brother Lucas; and they officially adopted him on National Adoption Day 2005.

After a few months of having Nicholas in the house, Jonathan and Jennifer’s daughter came to her parents and told them that she had been praying every night for a brother. Now she has two!

Jonathan and Jennifer know that they are a very lucky family and feel that it is such a wonderful experience to foster a child and then have the opportunity to adopt him or her as well. The Thompson family would like to encourage all families and individuals to help and support their local child services agency. They know the profound impact that the love and support of a permanent family can have on a child's life.

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