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!
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
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 FamilyIdealistic 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.
We are thrilled to share a very special New Year’s birth announcement welcoming baby boy, Camden Christopher! After a long journey, Kim and Chris were finally able to meet their son . On December 18, 2018, Camden was born at 8:32 am. 7.4lbs, 18 inches of pure joy. Though Kim and Chris’s adoption journey was long and difficult, the minute they were able to hold Camden in their arms, it was worth every second of the wait. We wish you all a Blessed and Happy New Year and a lifetime to come!
Maurisa & Glenn signed on with Everlasting Adoptions in August 2017 with the hopes of expanding their family through the miracle of adoption. In May 2018, they were matched with birth mother Kamil. Though Kamil was certain with her decision to choose adoption, she did her due diligence in choosing an adoptive family. She spent over a month getting to know a few prospective parents via text. In early May, Kamil knew in her heart that Maurisa & Glenn were the parents meant for her baby. Kamil revealed the exciting news to Maurisa on Mother’s Day, which will be a day she will never forget.
Maurisa, Glenn and Kamil had an opportunity to meet in person, which solidified the decision for Kamil. Kamil and Maurisa were lucky to have the next 5 months to form a strong bond and get to know one another even better. On October 18, 2018, Kamil gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby girl, Kayleigha. Maurisa and Glenn’s long awaited for dream had finally became a reality. They were overjoyed as they held Kayleigha in their arms. We all will be forever grateful to Kamil for her selfless act of love. This Christmas will surely be blessed for Maurisa, Glenn and their families!
There are the three P’s of success, the three P’s of business, but have you heard of the three P’s of adoption? We have put together a list of three P’s necessary to have a successful adoption journey regardless the outcome. Our three P’s of adoption are profile, patience and peace. Everlasting Adoption’s Founder, Director and adoptive mother herself, Carol weighs in on our third P, peace, which was extremely important to her during her own adoption journey.
Profile If you are at all familiar with adoption, you know how important a profile is to marketing yourself to birth mothers. In a process that is largely outside of your control, an adoption profile is one of the few aspects you can dictate. Whether you create your own or hire someone to make a profile for you, make sure you have put sufficient thought and effort into its creation. Our article on 5 Tips to Create a Stand Out Adoption Profile is a great place to start to gather tips on making the best profile possible. This is the very first impression you make on birth mothers, so it is important to use eye catching, professional looking photos and informative, concise and descriptive text.
Patience This P is certainly easier said than done. Such a stressful and emotional process doesn’t really make it easy to be patient. The not knowing and waiting can be excruciating. According to Adoption Center it can take between 2 and 7 years to adopt a healthy infant. With numbers like that, patience is key to making it through the process in one piece.
One way to help maintain patience is to recruit your spouse, friend or family member to be the voice of reason. When they see you overly fraught with worry or stress, it is their job to help you relax. However they choose to do this is up to them. It is always helpful to have someone on the outside keep an eye on things that we are unable to see ourselves. Another way to help exercise patience is to keep busy. Immerse yourself in things you enjoy; yoga, reading, home decorating. Whatever your thing is, spending your time in these activities instead of obsessing over getting “the call” will help you find peace, which is our third P.
Peace With the Christmas holiday fast approaching, the word “peace” is often used. How does peace relate to adoption? Our founder, Carol had some valuable insight on the importance of finding peace during the process and a special message to all waiting families.
“As I went through the adoption journey with my husband, the most significant thing I learned was that you must make peace with yourself, as you are right now, even if you do not reach your dream of adopting. I went through 12 years of infertility my choice and 2 failed adoptions before our miracle came to us!
Adoption comes with many challenges and can sometimes be an emotional roller coaster ride. You cannot start to travel down this road without making peace with your life as it currently is. If you are unsettled and feeling you can’t go on without a child or another child to fulfill your life, the road will be full of bumps, setbacks and disappointments. If I only knew back then to work hard at starting out with a peaceful mindset, one that has no expectations, our journey would have been a lot smoother; a lot more peaceful.
My best advice to anyone considering or going through the adoption journey right now, is to make a sound decision to be peaceful no matter what the outcome. If it doesn’t happen, then believe, with all your heart, that it wasn’t meant to be. It may be cliché, but it has proven time and again to be so true. If you do adopt successfully, then peace will still be with you because it was there from the get-go.
Adoption and the entire process truly makes you see the world through different eyes. It is amazingly divine. May this holiday season bring you amazingly, divine PEACE.”