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Adoption for our family was a way to bring another child into our lives. We thought about having more birth children when we first started foster parenting. As foster parents for so many children, we realized that love can be strong whether it is for an adoptive, foster or birth child. We love being parents.
However motherhood comes to you it is a miracle.
When I held my first-born I wondered, could any child be more wanted or loved? But with each successive child the love has grown, and the love I felt for the newborn babe is little different from the love I feel for the child who shyly took my hand and agreed to be my daughter.
I have never been more privileged or found more joy in anything than adopting my daughter from foster care at age 14. No one would say it was easy, but it was beautiful.
Our children have given our lives new meaning. They have showed us how to be young again. I wish our children did not have to experience the trauma they endured in order for us to have them but we will be there to make sure that it doesn't ever happen again.
In thinking about a quote regarding our experience with fostering, a million things cross our mind. To say this has been rewarding would be a gross understatement. Experiencing the joy of changing even one day in a child's life is a gift in itself. We have love to share and to be able to do so in this manner has changed our lives forever. Our family looks forward to the many journeys ahead.