In honor of National Adoption Awareness Month, Friends in Adoption is sharing adoption stories during the month of November, with the goal of informing and educating the general public in order to make a difference for those in the adoption triad.
Adoption is something to be celebrated, an act of love, and a very special way to make a family. We are committed to promoting inclusiveness, celebrating the uniqueness of each person, empowering individuals and families and know that respect for adoption benefits interactions for all.
Real Families Share Their Adoption Journey with Friends in Adoption
Friends in Adoption (FIA) got together with a few alumni families via Zoom and asked them about their experience adopting through FIA. Here’s what they had to say.
Joe and his husband Graham adopted both of their daughters, Emily and Aria, through Friends in Adoption. Joe shared with us, “They (FIA) were fantastic both times. One of the things that we really found useful was their Get Acquainted Workshop.”
The Friends in Adoption Get Acquainted Workshop (GAW) is an in-depth, all-about adoption, workshop designed especially for hopeful adoptive parent(s) candidates.
The next GAW will be held on December 10-11, 2020 via Zoom. Register here: https://www.friendsinadoption.org/gaw
John and Maureen adopted their son Thomas through FIA and echoed Joe’s sentiment about the Get Acquainted Workshop. John said, “We looked at a lot of different adoption agencies and a lot of them didn’t feel good to us. We didn’t feel there was any heart to them. We went to the two-day workshop that Friends in Adoption was having and we felt the love immediately.”
Friends in Adoption strongly advocates for the rights of birth mothers, adoptive parents, and adoptees. FIA promotes and encourages open adoption, though the choice of having an open adoption is ultimately up to the birth parents. FIA always honors the birth parents’ decision. This aspect of the organization drew many families to the agency, including Katrina and Brandon who have a biological son Xander, as well as two children, Ian and Kaylee, who were adopted through FIA.
Brandon tells us, “When we initially found out about FIA, that was the first time I’d really heard the term open adoption. I think initially there were some fears and some concerns. It has turned out really, really well. Having an open adoption plan with birth parents and building a relationship with them as the children get older is a really positive thing.”
Adoptive mom Jen talks about her identical twin boys Henry and Holden’s relationship with their biological parents and siblings: “We are always sending pictures and videos of Henry and Holden to them and vice versa. It’s very important to us to have an open adoption and it’s really important for Henry and Holden to know they have siblings and to be able to spend time with them.”
Friends in Adoption prides itself on maintaining a lifelong relationship of trust and support with birth families, adoptees, and adoptive families.
“We maintain a friendship with our caseworker and that has been fantastic.” says adoptive father Eric. He and his husband Eric adopted their son Xander through FIA. He goes on to add, “There’s a lot of support in the event that you have any sort of questions and there’s always somebody accessible.”
Joe added, “FIA continues to support us post-adoption in ways that I think I didn’t even realize they would.”
View the entire video here: https://youtu.be/Snw05n1JRLk
Friends in Adoption offers support and resources to all members of the adoption triad throughout the initial adoption process, after placement, and throughout the individual’s lives.
If you’re a prospective adoptive parent or a pregnant individual seeking an alternative to parenting, Friends in Adoption is here to help. Contact us at 1-800-982-3678 or firstname.lastname@example.org.