My wife Susan, and 7-year-old daughter Amanda went to Korea in the year 2000 to pick up our daughter and Amanda’s new baby sister—Marisa. In the Summer of 2019, Marisa and I returned. We have changed some, Korea has changed some, but the bright smile on the face of Mrs. Kim, her foster mother, was
Though 92-year-old Betty says she hasn’t “thought about adoption for a long time,” the ripples of how adoption touched her life are throughout her home. Photos of smiling children and grandchildren grace her fireplace mantle. A close up of her and her husband’s hands hangs in the kitchen – a visual reminder of the years
My name is Kelsey, I’m 23 years old and I was adopted when I was four months old. When I was younger, my family and I would go to Korean adoptee family events. My desire to learn more about my heritage really grew when I was in college. One of my best friends I met
Connie has a pretty simple answer to the question, why did you adopt? Her response, “We have big hearts and we have big hope.” Over the last 25 years, she and her husband Blair have adopted eight children through foster care and private adoptions. Their growing family doesn’t stop there—they are now grandparents as well.
When Wendy and Ben started their adoption process, they could not imagine what their futures held. “I could not believe what becoming a mom meant. I could not love our kids any more had they grown within me. I would give my life for them,” explains Wendy. This emotional side of adoption and parenting is
Miranda and Brian planned to adopt internationally through Children’s Home Society. Then they found out they were too young to fulfill the age requirement for the international program and decided to become foster parents until they turned 25. Just after becoming licensed, they provided weekend respite care for a sibling group of four. The children
Andy and his husband, Nick, feel they owe a debt of gratitude to Children’s Home Society for helping them adopt three siblings, Angel, Michael and Grace, in 2017. Andy and Nick know that simply expressing their deep appreciation to Children’s Home would be sufficient to pay off this symbolic debt. And, they’ve certainly done that
Courtney’s skills as an attorney came in handy as she explored becoming an adoptive parent. She did her research, keeping in mind her situation as a single woman with a high-pressure job. She interviewed friends who had adopted children. She scoped out agencies that could help navigate the adoption process. And, then, she decided: yes,
A few years back, I told my partner that I wanted to be a dad. He wasn’t on board and didn’t think that he would ever want to go down that road. To my surprise, about five years later, he brought back up the conversation. He asked if I truly meant what I had said.
Before they married, Ryan and Emily talked about becoming adoptive parents. After serving in Uganda as Peace Corps volunteers and returning to Minnesota in 2013, they attended an adoption information meeting at Children’s Home and LSS. “We realized the greatest need was for adoptive parents for older kids in foster care,” said Ryan. “We walked