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Archive for Adoptive parents

Did You Know That There’s a Symbol of Adoption?

The symbol of adoptionIf you’ve been blessed by adoption, you might wish to honor your journey in a meaningful way. The symbol of adoption has been used by many to share their love of open adoption. As seen in this image, the symbol of adoption is a triangle entwined with a heart. Each of the three sides of the triangle signifies the adoption triad: birth family, adoptive family, and adoptee. The heart symbolizes the love present in an open adoption relationship!

We encourage you to appreciate the fact that all in the adoption triad play a role in building a healthy, safe life for the child. Understanding what each party in the triad should (and shouldn’t) contribute is an important first step. Today, we’re sharing about the roles of adoptive parents, birth parents, and adoptees!

Adoptive Parents

adoption loveAdoptive parents provide the child with daily care, support, and love. They’re responsible for the child emotionally, medically, and financially. And adoptive parents are responsible for helping their child grow healthy self-esteem about their adoption. Openness and honesty are encouraged from the very beginning. It means sharing in an age-appropriate way that the child’s birth parents created this adoption plan to give them the best life possible.

Adoptive parents should honor the promise of ongoing contact that they made to the birth parents. If you promised to send pictures and updates, send them. If you agreed to visits, then schedule them. Open adoption is built on trust. If contact doesn’t happen, your child might search for his or her birth parents. You don’t want your child to hear that you broke your promise to keep in touch!

Birth Parents

Birth parents are a vital part of the adoption triad. They’ll always have a biological link to their child. At the same time, they should honor the level of contact they agreed to. It’s difficult to manage expectations if they thought, for example, that their child would still call them “Mom.” Having a sensitive conversation with them can help.

Sometimes birth parents make negative choices after placement. If you’re worried about your child’s safety, it’s acceptable to look at boundaries. But don’t change your open adoption agreement because some of the choices are ones you don’t approve of. Simply express your concern and hope for them.

The Adoptee

What a sweet update on baby Brynlee!Children should be provided the truth about their adoption in a way they can understand. You can share more and answer more questions as your child gets older. That way, your child doesn’t grow up confused about where they came from.

When parents wait to tell their child that they were adopted, it comes as a major shock, and there’s the potential for relationships to suffer. Part of loving your adopted child is loving where they came from, including their birth mother. Face the challenges you might feel when your child is curious about their origins.

When you understand adoption from everyone’s point of view as well as what healthy boundaries look like, these roles in the adoption triad will bring positive outcomes.

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Loving Couple in Illinois Want to Add to Family Through Adoption

Illinois adoptive couple Jonathan and AngieJonathan and Angie are a loving couple in Illinois who want to add to their family through adoption. They have two sons, ages 5 and two and a half. They’d love to adopt a baby of any race!
 
They say, “Your child would be surrounded by a community of love and support. With two older brothers to lovingly protect them, your child would grow up in a stable home full of love, laughter, and faith. We are open to ongoing communication including letters, emails, pictures, and visits if you wish!”
 

Keep reading to learn more about this God-loving couple from Illinois!

 
Jonathan says about his wife, “Angie is an amazing wife and an even better mother. She teaches our family to live simply. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, Angie worked as a hairstylist for 12 years. She has a love for learning and teaching. Be it gardening, sign language, or crafting with the boys. Angie’s drive to teach is fueled by her love of learning. She has an amazing ability to make lessons fun.
 
Angie’s love and passion for helping others is fully realized when she is with children. She exudes patience and kindness even on bad days!”
 
And Angie shares about her husband, “Jonathan is a loving, tender-hearted man, fully devoted to his family and God. Jonathan has the amazing ability to fully trust in God and speak life into every situation, even hard ones. He puts 110% into everything, whether it’s his job as a graphic designer, wood workings, drawing, or helping me with housework. Taking pride in all he does is an amazing quality that our children learn because of him.
 
Jonathan is an amazingly supportive husband and a 100% hands-on Daddy. I know that whomever God has for our family, Jonathan will love unconditionally!”
 
You can find out more about hopeful adoptive couple Jonathan and Angie by visiting their adoption website. You may also view all adoptive family profiles here on AdoptionAgencyFlorida.com. If you see an adoptive family that you’re interested in, please give us a call at 1-877-383-6847.

Young & Creative Illinois Couple Ready to Begin Their Family Through Adoption

Hopeful adoptive couple Craig and Courtney from IllinoisMeet Craig and Courtney, a young & creative couple from Illinois who are ready to grow their family through adoption! They’re open to visits with you and look forward to growing their relationship with you throughout the years. Craig and Courtney enjoy trying new things and traveling. Their family owns an indoor sports facility, so there will never be a shortage of activities for your child to participate in with other children!
 
Craig says about his wife, “I love being married to Courtney. She loves to strike up a conversation with just about anyone – whether at a local coffee shop or in a checkout line. My very favorite thing about my wife is that she is passionately persistent in continuing to invest in our marriage. Her tender-hearted nature and compassion will make her an incredible mother!”
 
And Courtney shares about her husband, “Craig is a true gentleman who stands out in a crowd. He loves his shoe collection, Oreos, and is a sucker for a good cup of coffee.  I love that no matter where we go, people remember him. I love his humility and the way he is always looking for ways to lend a hand to a friend. He is someone who will stick to his convictions but also loves having fun and trying new things. He is so loving, and always puts me first. I can’t wait to see him become the incredible Dad I know he will be!”
 

Here’s Illinois adoptive couple Craig and Courtney’s video:

You can find out more about hopeful adoptive couple Craig and Courtney by visiting their adoption website. You may also view all adoptive family profiles here on AdoptionAgencyFlorida.com. If you see an adoptive family that you’re interested in, please give us a call at 1-877-383-6847.

Happy Family Ready to Welcome Another Child Into Their Lives!

Happy adoptive couple Mason and Regina with their sonMason and Regina are a playful and happy family, ready to welcome another child into their lives! Regina’s oldest brother was adopted at birth, and his adoption remains the greatest miracle in her family. They have a happy home and a son who is ready to become a brother. Mason and Regina adore being parents, and say, “it would be an honor to raise your precious child in our healthy, safe, and stable family”!
 
Mason says about his wife, “Regina is very creative. She has a lot of interests—but she mostly enjoys photography, knitting, and quilting. She likes to bake bread and makes the best peanut brittle at Christmas!
 
Regina is a wonderful stay-at-home mom! She takes excellent care of our son. They play, learn, read, and sing together. They also like to attend community activities where they can learn and play with other kids. Regina loves rediscovering the world through the eyes of children and she’s eager to have another one in our home to laugh and play with! She’s awesome!”
 
And Regina shares about her husband, “Mason is a craftsman. He is skilled in carpentry and automotive repair. He can fix or build anything! He has a great appreciation for the outdoors and loves to share fishing, camping, and wildlife adventures with our family.
 
Mason is gentle, wise, and the most patient person I know. His generous heart makes him a great pastor and father. He uses his wood shop and the vegetable garden to instill valuable life skills in our son. Mason freely gives affirmation and reassurance in the time they spend together, and I know he’ll do the same with our next child.”
 
You can find out more about hopeful adoptive couple Mason and Regina by visiting their adoption website. You may also view all adoptive family profiles here on AdoptionAgencyFlorida.com. If you see an adoptive family that you’re interested in, please give us a call at 1-877-383-6847.

Louisiana Adoptive Couple Jon and Sally’s Adoption Video

Louisiana adoptive couple Jon and SallyLouisiana adoptive couple Jon and Sally are a military family who love music, sports, being outdoors and traveling. They were blessed with the adoption of their daughter four years ago and they’re excited to grow their family again with the adoption of a son!

Both Jon and Sally are Christians and members of a local church. They’ve had the opportunity to travel and live in many unique places. Hobbies they both enjoy include outside activities like running, bicycling, hiking and picnics.

Their Louisiana home is located on a quiet street within a small community. Their daughter Carolina is able to ride her bike on their street safely. Jon and Sally say, “We live close to playgrounds and small parks. This is a great neighborhood for children.” Jon and Sally have two pets: a dog, Cadence, and a cat, Matilda Jeane. Both animals are very patient and good with Carolina.

“Sally is a terrific mom for our daughter Carolina. Sally is a great role model as she balances multiple responsibilities and finds time to enjoy her own hobbies and interests. Sally is excited about having a son and I know that she will do well with raising a little boy,” Jon shares.

And Sally shares about her husband: “Jon is a great Dad to Carolina. I love to watch them play together; whether it is helping her ride her bike or being silly together, Jon always makes time for Carolina. I’m thankful that Jon is setting a great example of how girls and women should be treated. I know he will be a wonderful Dad for our son!”

Here’s Louisiana adoptive couple Jon and Sally’s video:

You can find out more about hopeful adoptive couple Jon and Sally by visiting their adoption website. You may also view all adoptive family profiles here on AdoptionAgencyFlorida.com. If you see an adoptive family that you’re interested in, please give us a call at 1-877-383-6847.

Maryland Adoptive Couple Cameron and Maria

Maryland Adoptive Couple Cameron and MariaCameron and Maria are an active Catholic couple who have been married for 13 years. They’re familiar with adoption, as Cameron is a birthfather and they have a wonderful relationship with his daughter and her family.

This Maryland adoptive couple are very excited about becoming first-time parents through adoption and hope to talk to you soon!

Their four bedroom house is located in a suburban community in Maryland. They share, “Our home has plenty of space to raise a family with a finished basement and a large, fenced in backyard. We are centrally located near excellent schools, parks, playgrounds, and hiking trails. We cannot wait to share our home, family, and lifestyle with your child!”

Cameron and Maria promise to provide your child with opportunities for education, travel, sports, music, religious studies, and hobbies such as woodworking, cooking, and baking.

You can find out more about Maryland adoptive couple Cameron and Maria by visiting their adoption website. You may also view all adoptive family profiles here on AdoptionAgencyFlorida.com. If you see an adoptive family that you’re interested in, please give us a call at 1-877-383-6847.

So Grateful for Your Donations to Birth Moms!

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We’re so grateful for these donations to bless birth mothers! Thank you to adoptive parents-in-waiting, Dustin and Jessica, for a big box of personal items to help bless Birth Mothers through the Lifetime Adoption Foundation. This sweet couple from North Carolina is ready to start their family through adoption, and in their journey they’ve grown a heart to help others while they wait to adopt. To learn more about Dustin and Jessica visit bit.ly/DustinJessicaAdopt.

*AND if you’d like to learn more about the Birth Mother Blessings program visit LifetimeFoundation.org. All donations are greatly appreciated (and tax deductible!).

If you’re pregnant, considering adoption and could use help, call anytime: 1-877-383-6847.

Thank You for Blessing Birth Mothers!

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We’d like to extend a special thank you to Lifetime adoptive couple, Corey and Amy, from Florida! They sent us two boxes of food and toiletries to help the birth mothers we assist through the Lifetime Adoption Foundation. This kindhearted couple is excited to grow their family through adoption and will lovingly welcome a boy or girl of any race.

To learn more about Corey and Amy visit bit.ly/CoreyAmyAdopt or call us to speak with them!

If you’d like to help us stock our food pantry or build care packs for women in need who are choosing adoption for a child, visit LifetimeFoundation.org or call 1-800-923-6784.

Tennessee Adoptive Couple David and Deanna’s Adoption Video

Tennessee adoptive coupleDavid and Deanna are so excited to adopt their first child together! Their marriage is based on 12 years as best friends. They have homes in both Tennessee and in Florida (near the ocean and Disney Parks!)

This Tennessee adoptive couple share, “We like to stay active, explore life, and have fun living and loving everyone to the fullest. We have built a wonderful life together and would love the opportunity to share it with a child. While David has two grown daughters, we are unable to have a biological child together. We are so excited to build our family through adoption!”

David and Deanna both value the blessing of adoption and love among all parties involved. They promise to love your child unconditionally and provide every opportunity to encourage his or her talents and dreams. As parents, they will model compassion, respect, faith, and perseverance. David and Deanna welcome an open adoption with you, and look forward to getting to know you and the hopes you have for your child.

Here’s their adoption video:

You can find out more about hopeful adoptive couple David and Deanna by visiting their adoption website. You may also view all adoptive family profiles here on AdoptionAgencyFlorida.com. If you see an adoptive family that you’re interested in, please give us a call at 1-877-383-6847.

Indiana Adoptive Couple Juan & Jennifer

Indiana adoptive couple Juan and JenniferIndiana adoptive couple Juan and Jennifer have turned to adoption because they’ve experienced infertility issues. They’ve been married for 10 years, and together for 17 years! They love the arts, and enjoy checking out museums and galleries in the city. Both Juan and Jennifer love photography, traveling, exploring the outdoors and staying home to cook together.

Juan works as an Operator Technician at a steel mill, and Jennifer’s an Administrative Coordinator in the medical field. She looks forward to becoming a stay-at-home mom once they adopt! Their Indiana home has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and an unfinished basement to make into a play room! Their yard is fenced in, with lots of space for their dogs, garden, a play set and deck. Within walking distance, there are parks, schools, bike paths, and a dog park.

You can find out more about hopeful adoptive couple from Indiana Juan and Jennifer by visiting their adoption website. You may also view all adoptive family profiles here on AdoptionAgencyFlorida.com. If you see an adoptive family that you’re interested in, please give us a call at 1-877-383-6847.