Lots to be thankful for — Spectrum News Interview an FIA Alumni Family

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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.

Spectrum News: “Open Adoptions Allowing Families To Stay Close”

Matt Hunter with Spectrum News recently spent some time with Jen and Dan who adopted their identical twin boys, Henry and Holden, through Friends in Adoption.

“We went through everything you can to start a family,” Dan says “Anything that could go wrong did go wrong.”

Jen adds, “As hard as those ups and downs were through the process, you realize once you have these guys that it was all worth it.”

Jen, Dan, and the twins Henry and Holden
Jen, Dan, and the twins Henry and Holden

“They’re just fun, they’re good, they’re funny,” Jen says about Henry and Holden. “We just have the best time with them, we’re really, really thankful and we’re really blessed.”

The interview also includes an appearance from Friends in Adoption Senior Case Manager and Community Outreach Provider Patty Smith, who is also an adoptive mom. Patty stays in contact with many FIA alumni families and makes it a point to touch base with them from time to time.

Patty Smith
Patty Smith

As an organization, it is part of FIA’s core mission to provide lifelong support to all members of the adoption triad. Patty’s visits are a part of this support.

“Children come to understand adoption at different stages in their lives, so there may be questions families may need help answering or filling in the holes they may not know the answers to,” Patty says. “We can, as best as possible, support them through that process.”

Jen and Dan maintain a close relationship with Henry and Holden’s birth parents Becky and Steve who also appear in the video.

Henry and Holden’s birth parents
Henry and Holden’s birth parents

Becky says, “I’m just so happy to be a part of their life.”

Jen and Dan say that Friends in Adoption made all the difference, facilitating Becky and Steve’s relationship with the boys.

Dan closes the interview by saying, Not that I’m a religious person, but I do believe things happen for a reason. These guys were meant to be in our family.”

Jen and the twins
Jen and the twins

You can view the full Spectrum News segment here: https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/capital-region/news/2020/11/19/open-adoptions-allowing-families-to-stay-close

View the entire video here: https://youtu.be/LnrV0gcoZG8

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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 info@friendsinadoption.org.

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