We are honored that you may consider us to be the adoptive parents of your child. We look forward to getting to know you and hope that through our profile you can begin to know us, too! We promise to love your child with all our heart and soul and we look forward to welcoming you both into our lives. We will forever be grateful to you for giving us the incredible gift of family.
Being parents means we are entrusted with a lifelong gift. In an interview, the poet Maya Angelou remarked, "How do children know you love them? Ask yourself this: Do your eyes light up when they enter the room?" Loving our children and providing them with a sense of safety, acceptance and encouragement are some of our greatest responsibilities as parents. We want our children to know that they are made in the image of God and we want to help them grow into loving and compassionate people, doing the best they can with their gifts, abilities, and talents.
We know that being a parent is not easy. We must continuously sacrifice our own wants and needs for what is in our children's best interest. It is our responsibility to be flexible and open so that our children feel comfortable sharing their joys and sorrows with us. It's important to us that they know they are free to be themselves, that they are not extensions of us as their parents, but encouraged to become who they are meant to be. And, most importantly, that we will always be there to cheer them on!
We believe that openly discussing adoption is extremely important. We want your child to feel loved by all of us, birth and adoptive families. It is our solemn promise to you that your child will always know that you deeply love them and that it was your tremendous love that sparked your decision to make an adoption plan. We are happy to send photos and letters, to email, text, talk on the phone, and have in person visits. With our daughter Piper's birth mom, we created a private Facebook page where we frequently post photos and updates. This way, her birth mom can see updates when she wants. In Piper's room we have a photo of her birth mom and that will always remain.
We have a strong faith and will tell our children that we believe it was God's plan for us to come together as a family through adoption. We will explain our beliefs that God sends some children to parents through adoption and some children to parents biologically and that all kinds of families are awesome. With our hope to adopt another child, each will have a sibling to share this experience, which we feel is really important. Also, we are friends with four families who have adopted, so there are many children in our lives with both birth and adoptive families. We say they are "double loved!" Most importantly, they will know that you are an amazing mom with a heart filled with love for them.
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