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A Time of Celebrating and Giving

December is a time for gift giving. It’s a time for remembering what is important and thanking those in our life that we value.

It is a unique time for Heart of Adoptions because we are coming straight out of National Adoption Month. And in November, we have already done so much to celebrate what we value.

Here are some examples of just a few things we do during November. We cover our building in hearts with the names of our adopted kiddos.

 

A Great Friday for Forever Families

In the last three weeks, I have high-fived a stormtrooper, been startled by a six-foot-tall thunder bug and had my face painted. What carnival have I been frequenting you ask, oh, just your local county courthouses.

On three separate Fridays, I have been in three county courthouses celebrating Adoption Day ceremonies.

 

Two Very Brave Girls

Heart of Adoptions Alliance is fortunate to have many loving families that are open to welcoming children into their home that have medical challenges.  
 
During National Adoption Month, we like to feature one or two of these families to be among the official recipients of St. Frances funds. 
 
Matthew and Andrew and Alec and Bart are our families this year. They each adopted a special little girl.  Both girls were born about 16 weeks early, and are strong, brave, and beautiful. Their names are Carey Hill and Charlotte. 
 

The Adoption Triad From All Sides

It’s blog time again.  (I just can’t resist that word, blog.) 
 
To connect the dots, I’m the staff birth mom and I’m still fairly new to the job.  
 
For a bit of background, I’m a part of the adoption triad.  Not the usual, adoptive parent or adoptee, but I am a birth mom.  I say not the usual because back in my day, we didn’t share that information.  Giving a child up for adoption was something that was kept secret and swept under the carpet.  I’m grateful that it’s not that way for most today.
 

Love Was The Common Thread

When you are offered an opportunity to travel half-way around the world, expenses paid, to get to meet families that you had a hand in helping to build as well as to meet families waiting to grow through adopting what do you do?? Oh- and where Dutch is the official language, but you only speak English…. well if you are me, you graciously accept and then you freak out! Why- well let me explain- in my 40+ years of life I have never had a passport- never really needed one and never really desired to have one either.

A Day to Celebrate No Matter What

The birthday of your child, how do you celebrate such a special day? The day your child was born? The day you probably got to hold him for the first time? And for a birth mom, it’s the day that you knew your child would not be going home with you.

A birth mom may find herself spending that day, that week, that month, reliving their time in the hospital. They might relive every last moment spent with their child. It can be a tough day.

A Mile in Their Shoes

My experience as an adoptive mother comes in to play a lot when dealing with our clients.  I got into this whole field as a way of giving back or saying “thank you.” There are no words to express our gratitude to our daughters’ birth moms for the amazing gifts they gave us in allowing my husband and I to adopt and raise their precious daughters. 
 

The Birthparents Bill of Rights

  1. We have the right to dignity and respect.
     
  2. We have the right to know if our surrendered child is alive and well.
     
  3. We have the right to possess, surrender, relinquishment, consent to adopt, termination of parental rights and hospital records pertaining to ourselves and our child.
     
  4. We have the right and obligation to provide full knowledge to our child of their origins, ethnic and religious backgrounds, their original name and any pertinent medical and social details.
     

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