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
Hope will be 18 in a few weeks and in 12 short weeks, she will be off to college. It’s all very exciting, and in some ways, I am a little surprised that she’s not pulling away from me a little. But, no. She’s not pulling away at all. In fact, my lovely daughter is
Five years ago, I took a writing class at The Loft that focused on writing about race. I had much to ponder about this subject because I have two internationally adopted children: a son adopted from South Korea at 4 months of age and a daughter adopted from Guatemala when she was 6 months old.
I remember the day when I first met my son at the adoption agency in Seoul, South Korea. I woke up that morning feeling a range of emotions from complete anticipation, to sheer happiness, to utter anxiety. I waited nearly a year to meet my son and now I was just hours away. As I
This article, written by Alexis Oberdorfer, MSW, Executive Director of CH/LSS, was originally published by National Council for Adoptable Children (NCFA) In 1948, white parents in Minnesota adopted a black child and were the first recorded transracial adoption in the United States. The following year, novelist and winner of the Pulitzer and Nobel prizes Pearl