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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

Category: Families and adoptees

North Canton, OH

I am 19 years old and at 6 months old I came here to the U.S. from Seoul South Korea. I am very thankful and blessed that I was adopted into a very loving family. Adoption is great because it turns a negative situation into a positive situation. It is sad for the parents giving up their child up but happy for the parents who are getting their child they always wanted and longed for. Being adopted, there can be some struggles, but as time goes on you start to grow out of the things you found difficult or you just learned how to cope. I am very lucky to be adopted into a very loving, supportive home who loves me like I was their biological child. It feels great to love someone so much and to be accepted. I love my family as if they were my biological family and what is great is, YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE BLOOD RELATED, OR HAVE THE SAME GENETICS TO BE FAMILY!

Category: Families and adoptees

Oakland, MD

We were with our darling daughter less than 24 hours after her birth, however it almost exactly a year to finalize her adoption. That was a very nervous time, but the day we finally went to court to complete the adoption was a very magical end to the journey. We went into a courtroom, where every family in there was sharing the same wonderful experience, they were making their families whole. As we waited for our turn, it became clear that each family in that room was so special, and so full of love. Seeing the balloons, the smiling faces, even one little girl with a special dress and crown on, it was like dreams were being realized for both the adults and children in the room! Adoption made our family complete, and we look forward to adopting a sibling for our daughter in the near future!

Category: Families and adoptees

Wellesley, MA

Category: Families and adoptees

Daytona Beach, FL

Since a kid I always said I wanted to adopt. Well July 8, 2013 my dream finally came true. I am now the mother of three beautiful children whom I can nurture, guide and love for the rest of their lives. Getting to this point wasn't very easy. It was a journey of worry and heartache but it was well worth the battle. I would surely adopt again.

Category: Families and adoptees

fort lauderdale, FL

The day I finalized the adoption of my handsome son back in May 2006 was the best day of my life. My son was bord to drug addictted parents. The first day I met him he was 4and 1/2 months old. I coudn't stop staring at him and I knew we were meant to be together. I was so nervous that day and I cried a whole lot. Just full of emotion because I wanted to be the best mom for him. I remeber the judge hitting the gavel and I finally took a deep breath but cried some more. Well my son will be 10 years old in December and nothing brings me the kind of joy the way he does!!!

Alex's Adoption

Category: Families and adoptees

Madison, NC

Category: Families and adoptees

Hoffman, OH

Attached is a link of our adoption journey blog I keep.

We adopted our twin boys who are now 19 months old and never imagined the love we could have for them. They were born in TN and have been with our family since they were 3 days old. We are truly blessed that they were brought into our lives through the gift of adoption!

Category: Families and adoptees

Broomfield, CO

Almost 7 years ago we found out that the only option for us to have children would be adoption. We have known since the day we married over 10 years ago, adoption was going to be part of our life, just didn't think it was going to be our only option. A few months after finding out this information we went to church and met a couple who had adopted two children through Adam's County Foster Care. We had never heard of legal risk or Foster to Adopt options. They explained the process and put us in touch with the adoption coordinator for the county. It took us a while to get through the initial phases of getting certified. In part because I was going through a bit of grieving still of not being able to carry a child. We received our approval almost exactly 9 months before we were placed with Steph. She came to us just after June 1, and a few weeks after her 2nd birthday. We knew from the second we laid eyes on her she was a member of our family. Her case was extremely low risk, and TPR was processed in August. We were so excited to learn we would be able to finalize on National Adoption day. We had almost 20 family and friends in the courtroom with us that day. We had such fun. The caseworkers, lawyers, and judges all were having fun finalizing forever homes. We had infants through a 16 year old get their forever families that day. The following June we were placed with our son. He was just shy of his first birthday. His bio mom was more involved, and took almost two years before TPR was done. We were able to finalize his adoption in February 2010.

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