It is with great pleasure that I share with you this story. Although it has been five years, my experience with American Adoptions cannot be forgotten. I cannot express how blessed I feel to have found an agency so genuinely sincere in their efforts to ease the process of adoption. And so, I write this in an attempt to express my gratitude.
I'm a birthmother that went through the adoption process about five years ago. Shelly Riffle was my adoption specialist -- and that name is forever imprinted on my heart for all the support she gave me during that time.
I must tell you a little bit about myself in order for any of this to make sense... I have developed an instinctual ability to avoid any kind of intense negative effect -- and must force myself to confront things that are difficult in order to process such emotionality. I engaged in my own personal therapy last year for many reasons, but among them -- I did so in an effort to embrace, and not forget this experience that shaped my life and who I am today. It is through American Adoptions, that I first experienced an empathy so sincere and free of judgment -- that often I reflect back on how receptive you all were of me, and only hope that I can provide the same kind of service to others in the future.
I received a letter and pictures from my adoptive family about a year ago after not having had contact with them in four years; I found it in me the courage to write them back. I didn't even know where to send the letter -- so I e-mailed one of your specialists. Her heartfelt response and eagerness to help, after all this time, reminded me of how much you all helped me, and has encouraged me to pursue doctoral degree in clinical psychology so that I can help others in a similar way.
I have found that the people you love and have impacted you the most live on within you -- despite the amount (or lack thereof) of contact that exists in the relationship. I can say with utmost honesty that not a day goes by that I don’t think of my son. There are some moments when I am saddened by the fact that I cannot see everything that the family I chose so lovingly describes for myself -- but then I look at the pictures and read the letters and can just feel how happy he is. That in and of itself, assures me to my core that my world is just as it should be.
With endless gratitude and love,
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