Andrew and Dalton signed on with Everlasting Adoptions in March of 2019. A little more than a year later they were connected with their birth mom and had to navigate how to build a relationship with her in the midst of a global pandemic. On July 29, 2020 their baby boy, Gavin James was born. Congratulations to Andrew and Dalton. We wish you health, happiness and a lifetime of love!
Adam and Brooke signed on with Everlasting Adoptions in August 2018 They had a few possible situations arise, but none were meant to be. They were anxious to be matched with a birth mother. In November 2019, one finally reached out, and luckily enough, she lived in Washington as well, only 40 miles away!
Adam, Brooke and birth mom, Bethany were extremely lucky in this unique situation to be able to go to doctor’s appointments together. They were also able to be there for the sonogram when they found out that a little boy was expected.
On March 5th, 2020, just as everything was shutting down due to the pandemic, Rhett Lehman was born at 10:08 am a healthy 7 lbs 15 oz. Adam and Brooke were able to meet him an hour after delivery. Without ICPC, Rhett was able to come home just a day later to his birdie sister and cat brother.
Rhett loves snuggling, skyping with his grandparents and family and long naps with full bottles afterwards. Adam and Brooke are still very close with Bethany. We can’t wait for him to explore his Pacific Northwest home the second the stay at home orders lift!
The past few months have been filled with lots of worry and uncertainty for the world. Through it all, we are still reminded of the beauty and blessings that surround us. Larry and Tonya received the biggest blessing imaginable when their son, Loren Michael was born!
Larry and Tonya joined Everlasting Adoptions in June 2019 and less than a year later on March 26, 2020, they took their baby boy home. Birth mother, Shaunna contacted Everlasting while she was in labor! She had chosen Larry and Tonya and when they received the call, they were truly speechless. They rushed to get to the hospital. Luckily, they were only a short 3 hour drive from the hospital and didn’t need to get on a plane. It was a true “stork drop”!
Shaunna labored hard, but had a healthy, 7lb 15oz baby boy the next morning. With a limited visitation policy in place, Shaunna was only allowed 1 visitor. Once their baby was in their arms; however, nothing else going on in the world mattered.
When they cleared ICPC, they headed home to settle into their new lives as parents together. The whole family was thrilled to welcome baby brother, Loren to the family. He is their beautiful blessing in the midst of a global pandemic. We wish everyone health and happiness in the days and years ahead.
Kim and Chris welcomed baby Camden on December 18, 2018 and their lives were forever changed. They recently contacted us to let us know the adoption was finalized. Congratulations and best wishes, Kim, Chris and Camden!
Hi Carol and Everlasting Adoptions!
We just wanted to share with you that our adoption was finalized a few weeks ago! We couldn’t be happier. Thank you for your part in making this dream come true!
Kim, Chris and Camden
Tina and Donny always wanted to be parents and share their love of life and adventure with a child of their own. When they signed on with Everlasting Adoptions in April 2017, they were embarking on their greatest adventure of all. At times, waiting to be connected with a birth mom was difficult. They tried to keep busy with work and travels, but they never lost sight of their desire to become parents.
As the end of their contract with Everlasting Adoptions was approaching, a birth mother reached out and wanted to be connected with them. Afterall, there is no clock on fate and no expiration on what is meant to be. They eagerly agreed to speak with birth mom, Taylor in April 2019. They spoke almost every day until they met face-to-face one month later. The visit went better than Tina and Donny could have imagined and they were even introduced to Taylor’s family. It was in that moment they established a lifelong bond that would facilitate Taylor’s open adoption plans.
Tina and Donny remained in close proximity to Taylor, staying in their RV toward the end of her pregnancy and good thing they did! Baby girl, Scarlett was eager to make her grand entrance and was almost born in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. Scarlett Shea Bailey was born on July 17th at 6lbs 11oz and 19.75 inches.
Taylor’s family welcomed Tina and Donny with open arms as they awaited ICPC clearance to bring Scarlett home. They even celebrated together at a BBQ. Scarlett spent the first few weeks of life in their RV in true Tina and Donny fashion! Always an adventure! We wish you all the best of luck on this great adventure ahead.
For some of us, Mother’s Day is a day of celebration and recognition for the mothers in our lives. For others, Mother’s Day is a painful reminder of what is missing. You wouldn’t be here if you weren’t longing for that special child who will one day make you a mother.
As an adoptive mother myself, who experienced many years of infertility and waiting, I vividly remember the dread I felt as Mother’s Day approached. As the years passed waiting for a child of my own, it became more and more difficult to put on a happy face and “celebrate” Mother’s Day with friends and family. I resented my friends who became mothers so easily, but also felt guilty for the resentment and anger I felt. After all, it wasn’t their fault I wasn’t a mother, but wanted to be one so deeply it hurt.
Fast forward to when I adopted my son and my first Mother’s Day as a mother. I was flooded with bittersweet emotions; happy beyond words because my dreams had finally come true, but also keenly aware of the sadness and yearning I had felt not that long ago.
Unfortunately, there is nothing I or anyone else can say that will take the sting out of this day. I want you to remember that these feelings won’t last forever and I want you to take comfort in knowing you aren’t alone. The baby who will finally make you a mother is out there! We work day and night to try and find that baby for each and every one of you.
Don’t forget that I UNDERSTAND what you are going through and I am here to help you through this. I am only a text, email or phone call away.
Lindsey and Stephen joined the Everlasting Adoption’s family for a second time in August of 2017. They had adopted their son, Jacob with our help in 2015. With Jacob getting older and eager to be a big brother, Lindsey and Stephen decided they were ready to add to their family again through adoption.
Their wait seemed impossible and agonizing at times, but it was all worth it when they were presented with a baby girl who had already been born. After receiving that call, it was a mad dash to meet their beautiful daughter and take care of the technicalities.
When Lindsey and Stephen arrived at the hospital and met their little girl, it was like they had known her forever. Though this was a true “stork drop” adoption and they were unable to cultivate a relationship with the birth mother, they just knew it was meant to be.
When Jacob was finally able to meet his little sister, Emilia, it was love at first sight. Everlasting Adoptions had helped Lindsey and Stephen bring home not one, but two blessings and we couldn’t be happier. Thank you for trusting us to be by your side for this journey for a second time!
At Everlasting Adoptions, we believe a family is defined by LOVE and have successfully placed many single parent, same sex and multiracial families. In fact, 31% of our placements in the last 18 months have been with single mothers and same sex couples! If you are ready to grow your family, no matter what that family looks like, give Everlasting Adoptions a call at 310-844-1966.
Adoption has become more and more mainstream in the last several years. Many movies and TV shows attempt to portray adoption and foster care. One obvious example of this is the super popular TV show This Is Us. With every episode tugging at the viewers’ heartstrings and giving us all the feels, most would say the show does a pretty good job portraying the highs and lows of adoption. Some portrayals are better than others at accurately depicting these life-changing events. Books, movies and TV shows that have a positive message on adoption and foster care can be a wonderful resource for anyone, whether personally touched by adoption or not. As with everything, your personal narrative and life experience will play a role in determining what is the right message for you and your family.
Adoption Theme Movies of 2018
Despicable Me 3 A continuation of the story of former supervillain, Gru and his wife, Lucy who are adoptive parents to their daughters, Margo, Edith and Agnes. While the plot is not as focused on adoption as the previous movies, it is theme that is intertwined in the storyline in a positive way.
Instant Family Idealistic couple Ellie and Pete find themselves overwhelmed when they open up their home to foster teenager Lizzy (and her two younger siblings, Juan and Lita. With the help of fellow foster parents and agency workers, they learn to navigate the joys and pitfalls of parenting to become a modern family.
Private Life This Netflix original explores a topic that is oftentimes closely related to adoption; infertility. Married couple, Richard and Rachel who are in their 40’s are in the throes of infertility. The movie takes a very real look into IVF, adoption and egg donation.
The Storyteller Jen is adopted by Maggie and her husband after spending time in foster care. After Maggie’s husband dies and Abby joins the family, Jen and Maggie’s relationship becomes tumultuous. This movie is a testament to the true meaning of family and belonging.
Adoption at the Movies is a fantastic resource to find information and reviews on all adoption theme movies, new and old.
Adoption Theme Books of 2018
Adoptive Families put together this wonderfully comprehensive list of 21 Noteworthy Adoption Books Published in 2018. Books are a great way to explore complicated topics with children at an age appropriate level. It can also be extremely valuable for individuals involved in the adoption process to gain an understanding from other perspectives. A book written by a birth mother would be an important read for prospective adoptive parents to gain perspective and empathy. So make some time in your busy day to curl up with a good book from this list.