transracial adoption

‘No one told him he was being adopted. No one prepared his little heart for so much change. The day we arrived to meet him, he was absolutely terrified.’: Mom adopts 4 children into forever family, ‘My heart just knew’

“With tears in her eyes, their aunt told us through a translator that their mother had died. She couldn’t afford to feed them. My husband and I never talked about older child adoption. We had never talked about adopting 3. But my heart just knew, these were our kids.”

‘We walked through the door. His first word was, ‘DADDY!’ He lived his whole life in foster care. Weeks later, we found out we were pregnant!’: Bereaved mom adopts boy from foster care, births 3 sons

“The social worker asked, ‘What ethnicities are you open to?’ We sent Jonah a video of us, a stuffed animal, and a security blanket with our scent so it would be familiar. Every night, he slept with the stuffed animal and blanket. He watched our video, over and over and over again. We just ‘knew’ he was meant to be ours!”

‘We got an email titled ‘URGENT.’ The adoptive family had changed their minds when the baby was born. ‘Would you be willing to adopt him?’: Family of 5 adopt newborn from birth mother, start beautiful open adoption

“After a sleepless night with a full, aching heart, the phone I hated so much rang. Again, our social worker was on the line: ‘Look guys, I know you’ve been on an emotional rollercoaster this week, and I hate to bring up another question, but the birth mom called us today. She met with us, and she has changed her mind back. She’d like you guys to be Revere’s parents.’ I was shell shocked.”

‘They bluntly asked, ‘So, where is your real Mom? She didn’t want you? Is there something wrong with you?’ Everywhere I went, I stuck out like a sore thumb.’: Transracial adoptee says ‘it’s okay to grieve the loss of your birth family’

“I wasn’t white enough, but I also wasn’t black enough. I’d be in line checking out with my mom when cashiers would remind me to put down the grocery dividers between us. It was a constant reminder others didn’t see me as belonging to my parents. Every birthday, I wondered if my birth mother thought about me. Every holiday, I wondered if she missed me.”

‘I wish it was as simple as LOVE ONE ANOTHER. It is time to say enough is enough.’: Mom to bi-racial family urges for ‘peace and protection for all’

“When she was put into my arms almost 23 years ago, the only thing I saw was a beautiful baby with huge eyes and the longest eyelashes I’d ever seen. In these times of sadness and heartbreak, I am reminded my daughter’s skin isn’t just a beautiful color of brown, but the reason she may not be as safe as I am.”

‘That night I cried in my driveway for a child. 10 minutes later, I got a call. ‘Can you take in 1-year old twin boys?’: 26-year-old single foster mom says ‘I was called for plans bigger than myself’

“There I was, a single 26-year-old woman. I can’t relate to abuse. I can’t relate to being moved to 5 different foster homes in a 4-month time frame. I can’t relate to being homeless and sleeping in a car. But what I can do is wrap my arms around them, hold them, and tell them their story doesn’t end here.”

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