Personal Narrative: Marraise Of Adoption

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We saved a child from a life of hardship. Now he calls me “DAD”. This all started when I stood in line at a Wendy's, ordering my spicy chicken sandwich with a chili, and a Diet Coke. We both happened to notice the Dave Thomas poster promoting foster care. I looked at my spouse and commented, “What exactly is foster care?”. “I do not know”, she replied. That sent us on an epic quest that would change our lives forever. In the spring 2005, we attended an orientation seminar. What we learned is that there were at that time over 415,000 children in foster care across the United States waiting for their forever families. At that point, my wife and I had a decision to make. In my mind it was simple. I wanted to take a child from a neglectful and …show more content…

This was all before we even met a child. “There are times when the adoption process is exhausting and painful and makes you want to scream. But, I am told so does childbirth,” A quote from Scott Simon, NPR broadcaster and author of Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption. This quote is completely accurate to a fault when dealing with a system as overburdened as the foster care system. Insert painful scream here. In April of 2006, the paperwork was filed. We were an approved foster home. Any day now the call asking us if we were ready to become a family could come. Most families have 9 months to prepare for their stork delivery we on the other hand had no idea. The call could come at any moment that a child was homeless and needed us. Little did we know when the call finally came that all we would have was a 30-minute trip to a neighboring parish. So, we prepared and painted a room, bought a crib and decorated it with whales, sea creatures and rubber duckies. This felt neutral, safe and prepared for anything. Boy did we have little clue what was to come. The next several weeks I watched my wife flow through a range of emotions as anxious as I was I had no choice but had to stay calm for her benefit. Here I thought the emotional rollercoaster was for the pregnant

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