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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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Siobhan M

Category: Families and adoptees

Fort Worth, TX

I had decided long ago to adopt rather than have biological children. Perhaps it had to do with the young, pregnant women my family fostered when I was young....perhaps it was my fear of having a girl JUST LIKE ME who would run me ragged just as I did my parents. Whatever the reason, I took my dive into the world of foster/adoption three years ago.

The third child placed with me was a confused, frightened 10-year-old girl. I could see the humor, intelligence and potential, but we only had a few short months together.....enough to make me wonder if perhaps girls weren't QUITE as frightening as I supposed. A year later, I received a call informing my that my girl was back in care, and would I consider taking her back. I had to think about it (hard to believe now!) as I already had two toddlers and an infant - one would have to be moved. After examining my conscience and decided that a move would be far easier for an infant who had been with me only days versus a young woman who was currently staying in a shelter and told them to bring her over! It took three more agonizing weeks before they could remove her from the shelter. When she returned we had more of the crying and fear but things started to settle far easier this second time around. In the meantime, my sibling foster sons returned home and my 14th placement came knocking on my door - an adorable 6 month old boy. As time passed and it became more evident that adoption was a possibility with both. Just a few weeks ago, I was proud to go before a judge on two separate occasions, exactly a week apart, to make these two loving children part of my forever family. I still can't believe that I wound up adopting a pre-teen girl who is JUST LIKE ME! I also manage a bookstore where we regularly do book drives for our Tarrant County CASAs so that they can share the beauty of books with other children in our system. It is an effort embraced by all of my employees and regular customers who have gotten to know my children and - through me - have had the chance to 'meet' just a few of our children in care. Children who have hopes, dreams, potential and beauty....Children who need FAMILIES, no matter their age, race.....or, in my case, gender! ;-)


Dawn

Category: Families and adoptees

Fayetteville, AR

Children: 1

We adopted our little boy from the foster care system. He was 4 months old when he first came to us. After going through several obstacles, he finally became our little boy forever in 2008! There are many struggles that one faces with working with the foster care system. Everyone needs to remember it is always about the children, not you. You must follow God's plan and accept His journey that he has put you on. All will be done for the Glory of God! Your family will be complete. Never lose the faith.


Georgia B

Category: Families and adoptees

Inman, KS

Children: 3

My husband and I were married 13 years before we plunged into the idea of expanding our family. I am adopted and I always knew I wanted to give a child a wonderful like through adoption just as I was given.

After exploring private and international adoption an acquaintance got us excited about foster care adoption. Within 2 months of being licensed, a 20-month-old little boy was placed with us, and within another 2 months, a 6-week-old little boy joined our family. Just when we thought our lives were complete, we received a phone call saying our oldest had a full sister coming in the system and asked if we would like her as well.

My husband and I as well as our family has been blessed by these children. Every day we wake up and can not believe how lucky we are to have three healthy children who needed us as much as we needed them. I truly believe God has a purpose for each of us and my purpose was to give these wonderful children a chance at life. God works in mysterious ways and Val, the acquaintance, is now one of my best friends I lean on constantly for support as there were many trying times getting through the "system", but we survived because of our faith and love for the children placed with us. Jesse, Drew, and Marlee have given us so much in the time they have lived with us and now I feel it is my time to be the best possible forever mom they deserve.


Rebecca & Jeff A.

Category: Families and adoptees

Clinton, TN

Children: 2

When I turned 30, I felt my biological clock just a ticking away. We didn't have the tons of money it cost to adopt through private agencies or to adopt overseas. A very good friend of ours suggested we try adopting through the foster care system. She told us that if we adopted through them then we didn't have to pay for the adoption.

We looked into taking our classes and went to the first informational meeting. I told my husband that we can take these classes and we are not obligated to taking any kids. My husband was still a little unsure about the whole thing, but we did sign up for our PATH classes.

Soon after I was contacted by the co-leader of our PATH classes who was calling to give me a heads up on a 2-month-old infant. Sure enough, an hour later I got the call that would change our lives forever.

Our daughter was only 2 months old when she came to live with us. Fast forward to about two years later when parental rights were finally terminated and they informed me that the biological mother was pregnant again and would we be interested? Of course!! And it was a boy (my whole family is FULL of girls). Our daughter's full blooded biological brother came to live with us when he was 3 months old.

Shortly after that we were blessed BEYOND our measure when we adopted our healthy, smart and VERY active daughter. A while afterward, parental rights were terminated on her brother. We adopted her brother and our son when he was about 2 1/2 years old. It has been an AWESOME blessing from God to have these children come and live with us. We also have 3 adopted dogs so on National Adoption Day we got to celebrate 5 adoptions!


Sandra

Category: Families and adoptees

Roth, CA

Children: 3

Michael was 18 months old when he came to me. Nathan was 5 weeks old and was a foster child until the age of four when I adopted him. Samantha came to me at 3 months old and was a foster child until I adopted her at age three. All three are siblings. I adopted each one of them as a single parent. Yes, there were challenges. But, they turned out to be the greatest kids. I had so much fun raising them. And even with the hard times,and there were some, I would do it over and over again. They are the greatest kids. All three have made me so proud. All I can say is life would never had been the same without them.


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!


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