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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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Revere, Massachusetts Adoption Story

Category: Families and adoptees

Revere, MA

My husband and I talked about adoption in December 2008 before we left on our drive to Georgia for a holiday road trip. We went on the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) website and inquired via e-mail and couldn’t wait for a response. During the drive we talked and talked about it. When we got to Georgia we talked to family members about adoption. My husband’s mom is a Social Worker and his aunt and uncle are foster parents. On the drive back we were cruising through Maryland, we believe, and the decision was made. Our family wanted to adopt a child.

When we got back we made all the necessary contacts, filled out all the paperwork, went to class and became certified pre-adoptive parents. Once our homestudy was complete we started going to adoption parties. At the first one at the Jamaica Plain Police Station, a social worker was seeking us out, as he had heard we wanted to foster to adopt an older child of color, and he found us. “Oh, there you are, you are the Evans family come with me, I have someone you HAVE to meet”, he exclaimed. He took us to 10-year-old Malcom, a very quite boy with gorgeous hazel eyes and molatto skin. We tried having conversation with Malcom but he wasn’t budging. He was one of our choices that day. Two weeks later we went to Jordan’s Furniture Adoption Option party and Malcom was there. When he saw us, he remembered us and we FINALLY spoke, we played a game of skee ball and had some ice cream and we were convinced that this is our child.

Malcom moved in with us in April 2010 after three months of having weekly visits and he adopted us on National Adoption Day. We were the featured family for the ceremony in Boston and we were so excited as we got to tell our story with the Governor, all the adoptive families and their children and everyone from the Department of Children and Families present. We love being parents so much we will be fostering to adopt Malcom’s 8-year-old maternal half-brother soon!


Cherryville, NC Adoption Story

Category: Families and adoptees

cherryville, NC

My husband and I had 2 sweet girls of our own, which we found out were coming on Dec 26th of '96 with the first and Dec 26th of '97 with the second. We felt our family wasn't quite complete, so we prayed for another child, all the while we were taking foster care classes. Then on Dec 26th of '08 we were called about a fragile baby girl with heart disease and were asked to take her. Of course we did, and fell in love with her from the first second. On July 16th, of '10 she was officially ours!! Some Christmas gifts are lost or given away, but I have 3 gifts that will forever be mine!


São Paulo Adoption Story

Category: Families and adoptees

São Paulo, CA

Faço parte de um grupo de apoio a adoção em Sorocaba São Paulo/Brasil,e tenho uma menina de 13 anos só que ela é + mas a amamos tanto quanto nossos filhos biologicos, nosso grupo é bem grande todos com filhos adotivos.


Los Angeles Adoption Story

Category: Families and adoptees

Los Angeles, CA

A little over 2 years ago, we began the process of becoming parents through foster adoption. Here's my blog entry from this weekend:

"What a weekend. It rained.

It also rained on the day we drove downtown to get married three and a half years ago, so we had a good association with rain in L.A., now it’s made permanent. The press conference was at 1 o’clock, and we were the first court case at 1:30. We arrived at about ten after, and the first person we saw was my brother, Mikey's Uncle Moosh, holding a Buzz Lightyear mylar balloon for Mikey. Buzz Lightyear is Mikey’s latest obsession ever since Disneyland, and he calls him “Eyte Ear.”

On the fifth floor, the press conference was behind schedule, but all our friends had arrived early, ahead of us. In addition to Uncle Mikey, Aunt Kelly, and Cousin Natalie, we immediately were embraced by 25 other local friends who insisted on being in court in the middle of a day on a Friday. Susan and Lee and their son, Mikey’s buddy, Lanyon arrived shortly thereafter to Mikey’s delight, and just in time since Mikey was in the middle of his normal naptime and feeling overwhelmed.

The actual hearing was quick. After the conference, we went into room 419, where Judge Michael Nash made a speech, and then the actress Nia Vardalos asked us some questions, to which the answer was always “Yes.” The court asked us for our names and to spell them, which I stumbled over, and then to identify our friends in the audience and I drew a blank. Mikey grabbed all the stuffed bears in sight and fell out of his chair with a thump. When Nia Vardalos started crying during the questions, Ian lost it too. Basically, it was a shambles. A glorious shambles.

Afterwards, we had a couple interviews with local and national newspapers, and Mikey’s lawyer Cynthia Billey and all of her associates at the Children’s Alliance made sure the paperwork was all done and we were out.

On Saturday, we packed up the car during Mikey’s nap, and then as soon as he opened one eye, he was out in his seat, being whisked away again. He said, drowsily, “Home!” But we said, “You’re going to a party at Theo’s!” And he said, “Theo?! Party!” and got very excited. At Theo’s (and Graham, Ali, and Sophia's) home, we had a party for most of the people who came to the court hearing, plus the Bradstreets and a number of other folk who couldn’t take off the middle of the day for the court but wanted to celebrate. Among them was Ian's boss Norman and Lyn Lear and their family, and another of Mikey’s attorneys, his education advocate, Sasha Stern, also made an appearance, to tell us that cases like Mikey’s is the reason she can get out of bed in the morning.

It was a blast with champagne for the grown-ups, trampoline jumping for the young ‘uns, and high calorie, low nutrient snacks for all. We lost track of how many people Mikey got to surreptitiously sneak him a cupcake.

Today is totally low key. We went to the Farmers Market, had some tamales (Mikey’s two requests of today, reflecting the Most Multicultural Child On Earth was “Marmite!” and “Tamale!”), and picked up some exotic mushrooms for dinner. Mikey is theoretically having his first uninterrupted nap of the last two days, but in true fashion, isn’t interested in sleep now that he can do it.

There is finally silence in his room. My son's asleep.


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.


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