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9/30/14 10:24 P

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New to the app and really enjoying it thus far. My life has been touched by adoption in several ways, the first being that my brother and I were adopted by my step-father. That did not turn out to be the best experience. Second, I have twin nieces who were adopted and have been incredible blessings to our family. Thirdly, and most importantly, the joy of my life, my daughter was adopted. I was lucky enough to be in the delivery room with her birth mother when she was born and got to cut her umbilical cord. Her birth mother provided me with the most amazing gift of my life.

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Hi, my name is Sandra. I am currently in the process of adopting my two great-grandchildren. Ages 5 and 6. I have had them now for a year and a half. Needless to say, self care has been a thing of the past as 99% of my time is in taking care of these energetic little ones. I need to get healthy to be able to keep up with them. I am in need of encouragement because if I don't start taking care of me I will not be as effective in meeting their needs. I need to hear from others that are moms all over again.

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10/28/13 8:56 A

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Hi! I've been away from sparkpeople for almost a year -- hoping to get back on track with a health lifestyle. My husband and I have 3 biological kids and have been home from China with our recently adopted son less than 3 months.

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8/30/13 8:20 A

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Hi everyone! I'm Megan. I have been on Sparkpeople for many years, but away from it for the last year...getting back into it now :-). I have 11 adopted siblings (my older sister and I are not adopted) and my parents were foster parents for 30 years, so foster care and adoption were always a part of my life. My husband and I are now therapuetic foster parents and have a 15 year old foster-to-adopt son as well as two biological sons, 13 and 6 years old. We were also houseparents for the last 13 years, of teenagers...meaning we lived at a children's home in a house with between 8-10 teens, either boys or girls (we've had both). It's similar to foster care but on a larger level with more structure. I am now a stay at home mom, homeschooling my two younger ones, and he is pursuing a career in law enforcement. I'd like to start a foster and adoption support group in Northern Virginia that meets a few times a year for support. My parents did this in Florida and it was awesome growing up knowing that so many other families were like mine. Also starting Couch 2 5K this week! Yay!!! Wish me luck! ;-)

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8/23/13 2:30 P

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Hi! I am Lindsay, and have been a foster mom for 2-3 years now, my family cares for babies who are medically fragile. We are in the process of adopting our little girl, who has been with us for nearly 2 years, and during that time, got on the transplant list for a new liver, had her transplant, and battled 3 rounds of rejection and numerous infections. She is finally stabilized and has turned into a normal 2 year old. It has been a very difficult couple of years, but I am so happy that when we started this journey, I had been in the best shape of my life thanks to Sparkpeople. Between not being able to find anyone willing to babysit the baby when she was home, 18 hospitalizations, and my 2 older kids (4 and 6) kept me from exercise which has always been my only effective stress relief. So here we are up 15 pounds, exhausted, stressed, and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I am finally able to join a gym that has a daycare she can join, and get a little time to myself to recover and build up some strength to do it again.

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7/6/13 11:57 P

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Welcome to each of you...and thanks for sharing your stories. I wish each of you all the best during your journey and hope you can find the strength and support you need.

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5/20/13 5:58 P

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Hello everyone, I'm Missy. I'm new to Sparkpeople and the Adoption team. I am a recent vertical sleeve gastrectomy patient and in a little under a month have lost 44 lbs. That leaves 200 lbs more to go to reach my goal.
My husband and I have been foster parents for 6 years now and adoptive parents for almost a year. Our son came to live with us at the age of 6 and at the age of 11 his adoption was finalized. We will be celebrating his one year adoptaversary in July. Adopting Tim is one of the best things I have ever done in my life, well that and marrying my husband, but they are both right up there tied for first place.
Tim was in the system for quite a while before he came to live with us. (from the age of 15 months) and went through several homes. Until he came to us he had little to no contact with his biological family and when we started adoption proceedings they popped up and started fighting us. We have some attachment issues and some anger issues but we are working through them and every day is just a little bit better.
I hope to get to know everyone here and share in your stories as well as you have shared in mine!

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5/15/13 3:54 P

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I'm Shelley, and I've been Sparking a while, and have about 20 pounds to my goal. We adopted a sibling pair from foster care over 7 years ago. My daughter was 11 years old and her brother was just 21 months. It was an overwhelming experience to go from being a working professional to a stay at home mom with two very stressed and anxious attachment disordered kids. I dropped from about 220 pounds to 165 in 7 months. I slowly edged back up to 200 lbs over the next few years.

I'm working hard at consistent fitness, and I've recently switched from being a low-fat vegetarian / sometime vegan to a low carb vegetarian (who eats fish on rare occasion when the other choices are grim).

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2/25/13 2:10 P

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Hi. My name is Kristy. My husband & I will be celebrating our first anniversary in March & we are talking about starting a family. We have a desire to adopt as well as have biological children. My in-laws are starting an adoption ministry in their church & I am now the social media guru for the group. They have two biological children & two Ukranian sisters. My parents only have my sis & me but they have fostered family members. We have complete support & encouragement from both sides of our family (which is a rare blessing).

We have talked about adoption but hadn't made any for-sure decisions or conclusions. My mother-in-law has really been asking us a lot about our intent of adoption lately but we hadn't really had a major discussion about it. I haven't really felt any strong desires to adopt. However, the other day while working on some stuff for the ministry's Facebook page, I started having the tug at my heart. I kind of ignored it. But later, I showed my husband some videos I had found & I could tell he was almost ready to say, "Let's go get some right now!" LOL At the strong suggestion of my mother-in-law, I have started reading the book "Orphanology." I'm not even finished with chapter 1 & I'm already in love with the idea. I know it isn't an easy process & the hard work actually really kicks in once the child is home but I feel that ache that has been missing up to this point.



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2/21/13 10:50 A

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hi i am a mother of 5 + 2 step children and a foster mom to 4 boys. Of my own children only my 2 youngest live at home,they are 14 and 10 and my foster children are 5,4,1 and almost 2 months old. I joined spark to get fit and have more energy for them. i hope to make some long term friends and be able to talk about all our ups and downs as parents and foster parents as well as adoptive parents. Hope to hear from you all.
have a great day

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2/19/13 8:00 A

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Good morning!!! I am the foster parent of a 2.5 month old girl and her sister whose a month and six days old. I need to keep myself healthy and I need more strength. What do you do to stay on top of your game? emoticon

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10/21/12 8:43 P

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TJKERB - Welcome to you as well! I hope you can find someone to discuss parenting teens with. Mine are still quite young...I'm also hoping they skip their teen years. emoticon emoticon

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10/21/12 8:41 P

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Yes, I'm a little slow at responding...welcome Melinda!! Best wishes on your weight loss and your adoption journeys. They are both so very important.

Jennifer

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9/25/12 5:01 P

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Hi Everyone. I have started the process of adoption. I am going through adoption with a group that connects families with children who are in the foster care system. I'm looking forward to connecting with others for advice and support.

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9/11/12 7:53 P

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Hi. I am new to spark people but also have two internationally adopted teens who were not adopted as infants. My boys are now 16 and 18. They are from Romania. The older one was 3 1/2 when we adopted him and the younger was two. Due to having been in an institutional setting as toddlers, they both have had some level of attachment and behavioral problems. As you said, parenting teens is challenging. I would love to touch base with other adoptive parents who are also facing these challenges.

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7/8/12 8:55 P

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Welcome to the Adoption Team!!

MotherTo7 - Wow! You certainly have a full house!

SPADEE - thank you for providing an adoption service.

JJSMOM11 - Congrats on the addition of your son.

Best wishes to each of you on your journeys.

Jennifer

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7/5/12 10:40 A

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Hi everyone! My name is Rebecca and I am the very proud mother of a 1 yr old son whom we have adopted:) I am trying to get healthy to be a good example for him and to be around for him. My son is the light of my life and I thank God everyday for the miracle of adoption in our lives.

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Hi everyone!

In addition to being a foster parent and experiencing a failed adoption myself I now own an adoption agency where I help others as an adoption consultant. I'm not here to "drum up business" so don't worry. emoticon I'm here because, after searching through many different groups here on SP I realized that, because my life revolves around adoption, you are the ones I have the most in common with! (Meaning you speak my language) . emoticon

I get so busy I don't take care of myself which is why I'm here on SP. Hopefully I'll do better but I can use all the support I can get!

I hope that I can make friends here. I love listening to your stories, sharing your joy and pain, and helping strengthen your day if needed. I do this for my clients but most of all I do this for my friends. Thank you for letting me be a small part of your day!

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I am new to Sparkpeople and Live in CT. I am a Mother to 7 (from a blended family). I gave birth to one child from a previous marraige, I adopted by brother's 3 kids after he passed away from cancer, and my husband has 3 children from a previous marraige. My husband is newly retired from the Navy. I work full time. I love to sing, pay drums, I'm in a band, I sew, read, love movies, love the ocean, and photography. I am a volunteer with Relay For Life here. My children range in age from 4 years old to 19 years old.2 years ago I was 1 week from myu surgery date and then my insurance denied my surgery because my work signed a specific form to not cover that type of surgery. I did appeal with letters from my doctor stating medically necessary, but it was still denied. That didn't turn out good for me. Currently, I have completed all my required classes and doctors appointments for Bariatric surgery as my husbands insurance will pay for it and I am awaiting a surgery date. I'm both excited, worried it won't happen again, and scared of the big life change. I can't wait to someday be the thinner me that I have never been my entire life!

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4/17/12 9:17 P

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Many of us here have had to deal with loss in different ways. Words of comfort seem inadequate for your situation...the pain will never truly leave, although it will subside at times. I just wish you the best and hope that you will be able to have a relationship with your son.

Jennifer

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My first name is Wilma, and I was not sure if this group was a suitable place to express emotions related to giving up a child for adoption, particularly in a case like ours where it was partly not our decision, but in the end, we did not contest the court ruling.

Basically, my husband and I both experience mental health concerns that were flying in the face of our ability to provide a stable environment for our young son. He will be two years old at the end of this month. Just exactly a year ago tonight, he left my home where I had been confronting the possibility of being a single mother but had ended up in a situation in which authorities felt I was not making sound choices (I did not hurt him at all, but they feared for my state of mind... long story).

It is difficult to admit, but the case involves instances of neglect which I am forced to confront. I feel horrible and guilty so much of the time, yet I also feel like I don't know . . .I would have done anything to give my son the life I know he deserves. I just wasn't able to do so.

I found out I was pregnant close to the end of my time at a transitional housing program in which my now husband and I met. I was in the local hospital for mental health reasons as a matter of fact, and I had been suspicious for quite a time that I had been pregnant. They did tests to confirm.

I had to take medication during my pregnancy although they decreased it greatly and tried to find ones that would be least likely to cause problems. Even so, I wonder because my son was born with some complications, namely bowel obstructions that were at first thought to be an indication of cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder. This and a host of other medical problems were ruled out although he came home with us attached to a temporary colostomy bag apparatus until he was six months old. The stress of the situation was just barely too much, and it forced both of our symptoms over the edge, although we did not not strictly become dangerous.

We ended up separating, and I would rely very much on my mother-in-law. She and I had a disagreement one year ago today and following this, I went back to hospital and my son went into protective care. People I spoke to in the hospital, including patients' rights thought I might be able to get him back. I sincerely thought I would do everything in my power, but the psychological evaluations would not allow continued services, so the social workers moved to a recommendation of adoption with the family that were fostering him.

The family has a dad in the Navy, and they are said to be moving at the end of the month. There are two very much older children, a boy and girl, and they love playing with and giving attention to their new baby brother. The adoptive mom is extremely attentive and loving. I couldn't ask for much more in that. They have agreed to a somewhat different arrangement than the norm in these forced adoption situations in that they have allowed it to be a semi-open adoption where they share pictures privately with us, and they indicated they may come back to the area to visit relatives while possibly paying us visits also.

I have gone through lots of grieving and soul searching. I have given my son lots of gifts of toys, books, clothing, and on his impending second birthday, there is to be more.

He is so very loved on both sides, and I think this very fact is what has helped me to come around. I made a photo book online that I will order to give to them, including pictures both from his time with his biological family and photos with his adoptive one. I also wrote a small actual children's book featuring a character called "Baby Bear" who is basically a representation of my son if he were a bear and could talk.

I know I will always think of him. I also know I want the best for him. I will always love him, and nothing can ever change that. I sincerely wish the best for his life with this new family. I would give so much for a future confirmation that he had been fine and that all of this had yielded the best outcome.

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3/20/12 8:03 P

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Good luck Katie! It's a very exciting time for you and your husband. I wish you success in your weight loss journey and with growing your family.
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I am new to the spark people game. Really loving the encouragement so far! I am 28 years old and My husband and I have been trying to conceive for over 3 years and we have been told by many doctors it will not happen. So we started the process of domestic adoption just a few months ago and are finally home study ready! We are looking to do a private adoption just with an attorney so if anyone has done one of those and has any advice on finding a birth mother that would be so great!! Anyways I have been up and down with my weight since I was a child. Literally cannot remember a time my mom didn't have me on a diet. Tough way to grow up! Anyways I am currently at my heaviest at 252 and just watched my sister lose 100 pounds. She is now under my goal weight of 175. Talk about motivation. I want to live a long and healthy life with my family. I want to be able to have the energy to play with our baby once we adopt. I don't want to sit on the sidelines. I want to be a hands on mom. So I know that I have no choice but to drop this weight!! And I firmly believe that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength! Would love any advice on adoption!!

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2/1/12 9:48 P

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Welcome to the team!! I just posted a challenge in the hopes that it will motivate me. I'm hoping you will join in the "fun"!

Make it a great day!

Jennifer

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1/29/12 1:47 P

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I'm glad about your son. We are told that it is a long process to get the homestudy done. We called the recuiter to get our papers picked up but he didn't call back after many calls. I'm starting to doubt the foster system. What is an agency like?

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YAAAY Thinner,
I'm glad to meet you, and congradulate you and your husband on this step in the journey. My husband and I are in the process of adopting a 14yr, he's been with us a month now, and we'll finalize this summer. I'm excited to meet another person who's interested in older kiddos, that's sooo where my love is. I went to the state site, with listings for kids in our state, ALL the time. Ironically, we inquired about several sibling groups from there but our son's profile was sent to our adoption agency before he ever went on TARE, and we met him a little over month later. :D
Welcome to our team

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I don't have to get there fast... I just have to keep reaching for my goals, and keep moving towards them. Slow and steady wins the race!


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hello My hubby and I hope to adopt a 7-9 year old girl from foster care. We have started the homestudy process and will be taking classes soon. I like to look at adoptuskids.org!

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Glad you have become part of SP and the adoption team. As you can see from the dates on the boards, this team is not very active.

I am Mommy to 2 that I gave birth to, 1 whose Daddy I am fortunate to have married, 2 more who we adopted this year, and 3 more who call me that as we foster parent them and wait for their parents rights to be terminated.

I am so sorry to hear of your little angel. There is another darling waiting to call you Mommy. Please let me know how I can best support you in your journey!

Focus word for the year: PAUSE

"The only thing standing between me and completion of my goals is.....TIME"

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Welcome! I never grow tired of hearing your stories.

SSPINDA, so sorry to hear about your loss. No one will ever replace Stella, but there will always be room to love a child.

God bless each of you on your journey.

Jennifer

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Hello! I am the mommy to a beautiful angel in heaven, Stella. I lost my daughter almost 10 months ago when she was 5 days old. Four months ago my husband and I began the adoption process. We are almost finished with our home study (we were just asked to complete "get out of debt" classes to help with the debt we accrued when I was off work on hospital bed rest and also after Stella passed away). We are very excited to welcome a beautiful baby into our lives but at the same time we are not quite ready: physically or emotionally. My husband and I have taken baby steps towards getting our lives back on track... and joining Sparkpeople and asking for support has been mine. I'm here to support others as well. I'm excited to get to know you all.

�I can�t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn�t give this game of life everything he�s got.�

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I'm 33 and mom to a super active almost 3 year old. My husband and I adopted our daughter from birth. Her birthmom picked us 2 months before she was born and had me in the delivery room and in her room at the hospital. We even got to meet our birthmom's mother who gave her blessing to the situation and signed as a witness when the birthmom signed the papers. We have a semi-open adoption based on the birthmom's wishes. I send pictures and a letter 3-4 times a year through the adoption agency. I have always struggled with my weight, but want to be healthier so I can instil healthier habits in my daughter and hopefully other children in the future. We are currently waiting for the right time to adopt again. My husband is in the military and right now only home 25% of the time so we can't get any paperwork done, but I believe things happen when they are supposed to. We are white and our daughter is black, so she's already noticed that we are different. The biggest problem we've had so far is other kids always trying to grab Fluff's hair then the adults do. They don't like it when I ask them not too, but it's just rude. When we do finally adopt I want another baby of color so that Fluff has someone to be different with. She is amazing and worth all the years of infertility we had to go through.

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Hello, I just joined SP a few days ago.
We've been blessed with four boys, two by stork and two by adoption through our county foster care system. My hubby and I allowed our foster license to expire because we thought we were "done"... so...
We recently began the process all over again, and hope to adopt one or two more, hahaha! Now I have GOT to shed these extra pounds so I can keep up with my growing and active family!
God bless! emoticon

American foster children need forever famlies! www.adoptuskids.org/


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Thanks to each of you for sharing your stories! Welcome to the Adoption Team.

This is a place to share your thoughts about anything concerning adoption/parenting and weight loss. If you have any ideas, please share. Feel free to start challenges and new threads. This is your team.

Best wishes on your journeys!

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Hi my name is Alicia! My husband and I were just approved for Foster/adopt in October. We are now waiting for our 9 year old girl to be released from her current therapeutic foster home as she has graduated down to reg foster care. We just met S. last week and can not wait to have her in our home. Any help or advise would be great!! Thanks!!!

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I have been looking over the boards for this team. Some have not been posted to in MONTHS. I am hoping some others join me in trying to "spark" this team back into being more active with each other.

Adoption is a stressful life event. It carries both positive and negative emotions and can trigger many bad habits. We can all use the extra support of those who are currently going through or have already been through the struggles of adding precious new family members.

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"The only thing standing between me and completion of my goals is.....TIME"

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Hi everyone,

My husband and I have been an approved foster home in TN for several years. Against all the odds (and to the glory of God) we adopted our beautiful 2 year old daughter (who we have had in our home since she was 10 days old). Then we adopted our 15 year old daughter (who we have had for a year). Just prior to the latest adoption, a sibling group of 3 was placed in our home (ages 4, 5, and 12) and it looks as if we will be adopting them as well.

We have been through nearly everything you can imagine, so if ANY of you need words of encouragement, advice, or just someone to cry with, I am your go to girl!

Focus word for the year: PAUSE

"The only thing standing between me and completion of my goals is.....TIME"

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Hi all,

Im a 31yo single female trying to adopt from state foster care. I've been going through the application / verification process since April 2011and I was just informed that I'll be getting my verification this week. Actually, my decision to have WLS was prompted by my wanting to be healthy for my children. Now that surgery's behind me and a new lifestyle has begun emoticon It's back to work trying to get my babies! It's probably a long-shot emoticon but I'm hoping I'll have my little bundles of joy by Christmas. Here's hoping!!!

Can't wait to share stories, fears, joy, heartbreak, and info with you guys.


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My Name is Dawn, I am 27 and after 3 years of infertility, failed IUI's we followed the path to adoption. We underwent our homestudy, took the PRIDE course and Oct 10th 2010 we were approved to adopt. In November 2010 we got a call saying we were matched with a 3 year old boy. Since that day, my life has changed for the better. My son is now 4 and I am loving every moment of being a Mommy! We are just about to finalize his adoption and we are waiting on news for his half brother who happens to be in the same foster home as he was. They will be going to court in the next 2 months so in the new year I may be a mommy to another little boy who is right now 15 months old.

I am hoping to get to know some of you and share some stories with you all.



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Welcome Tanya! That is a bittersweet story. I think your nephew is the lucky one...to be with two loving parents. Also, I can't help but wonder about his brothers.

Best wishes on your journey!

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My name is Tanya, I am 26 and I live with my wonderful 32 year old Fiance' and our 13 year old nephew that we are in the process of adopting. Our nephew (who I call son) already calls us Mom and Dad and has been in our care for 18 months. While the adoption is exciting, it also has its loss (just as every adoption does). Our son was placed in his biological father's care 3 years ago. His biolocal mother (who is my fiance's sister) lost the custody battle and the courts placed him in the care of his biological father. The biological mother is a meth addict and lives with her boyfriend who is a drug dealer and the father of our son's three younger brothers. The brothers some how managed to stay in their care and our son misses them dearly, so if you have a similer situation I would be interested in chatting with you to share knowledge and advice. After our son was placed into his biolocal father's care the father became physically abusive and to make the story short is currently in prison for child abuse until 2014. Our son has made tremendous progress and continues to amaze us all. In 2 or 3 years we are going to adopt again most likely, as I have Polycystic ovary syndrome and chances of biological children are slim to say the least. When we go to adopt again we are looking for under the age of 3 if not from birth. We live in Northern California and love it here. I look forward to getting to know you and your stories, share and recieve advice, tools and support.

"Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that all was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, and make it possible." ~T. E. Lawrence


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Crystal, that's exciting news! have you heard anything more about your girls???

Linda, congrats on a beautiful family.

SWEETARLO - you are taking a step in the right direction. You can only change yourself and be the best that you can be. As far as adopting while morbidly obese, I can't tell you anything there. I was certianly obese when we adopted our children, but thankfully that didn't affect us (that I know of). Get started with the paperwork but make sure to concentrate on yourself first. Don't let the endless paperwork stress you out or take you away from your new healthy habits. If you start to get stressed to the point of "breaking", grab some water and take a walk...away from all temptations. Take the time to calm down, work things out in your head, then come back and work on it some more.

Best wishes to each of you. Keep us updated on the process. We're here to cheer each other on...during the good times and the bad.

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Hi all! I'm 36 and hoping to start the adoption process soon. Before I do, I need to lose enough weight that I can get life insurance, which is should be about 40 more pounds. And then there's the small matter of the thousands of dollars to be saved for the fees. But I'm working on it! Does anyone have any experience with trying to adopt when you are morbidly obese? I've read some pretty negative things in the news, so I've just assumed it is impossible and concentrated on losing the weight. Obviously, I would want to lose the weight to be an active mother, but I've heard it can take years to adopt and would like to get the process starting while I'm getting healthier.


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Hi Everyone!

My DH and I have 2 adopted children. We adopted our oldest (5 years old) from Inner Mongolia, China in 2007 and our youngest (3 years old) from Taipei, Taiwan in 2009.

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hello all,

My husband and I are in the process of adopting. We have been matched with two little girls (sisters) who are 4 and 6 and are currently in the foster care system in Alberta. We are just waiting for more information on them so we can decide if they will be a fit for our family and if so, we will bring them home this summer. We are so excited!

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Hello everyone - I am new to this site and figured I would try to find some others who are trying to lose weight and adopt. My husband and I have started our adoption journey and are now just waiting for a birth mom to "pick" us. I lost 15 pounds last summer and felt so much better about myself, but then the stress of home studies and profile building and adoption financing happened and I put every last pound back on. Now that hopefully some of the stress is lifted I can get back on it and take some weight off for good. I want to be a healthy active mom, so I can't wait to take of some lb's and get that call that we are waiting for.

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DTODD75 - sounds like a lot of heartache. No child should have to go through the loss of his mother...especially at such a young age. I pray that you will be strong enough for both of you and that the therapist will be able to help your son cope with his issues. Hang in there.
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I am a mother of one. I adopted my oldest sister's youngest son who is now 9. Sis passed away in Oct. of 2009. Due to having a toxic family, I had to distance myself from the remainder of my family since her death. I am married to a wonderful supportive husband. In the first year of having my son, I put back on 13 pounds after working really hard to get off 35 pounds. I'm having problems getting back on track completely but part of it is stress. My son has been diagnosed so almost every behavioral disorder imaginable. His new therapist, which is great, thinks it is just a severe case of PTSD and attachment problems. We're still struggling with behavior problems and I'm a bit of a stress eater. To make matters worse, I have some sort of chronic sinus pain (could it be from the stress of a toxic family?). Breathing hard will cause pain for days so it limits the level of my exercise. I could really use a friend and a personal motivator.

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MEAMPLIFIED, I'm looking forward to hearing more about your exeriences. We are hoping to adopt, but we are open to children under 2 and also to sibling pairs. We know there will likely be alot to deal with when it comes to adopting a child/toddler; things we wouldn't expect with a newborn. Also I want to tell you that I think you are doing something so selfless and wonderful. I'm sure it isn't easy, but I hope you find it rewarding and continue to be a stable and loving foundations for the children that come into your home.

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Thanks.

Yeah were busy and everything seems loud all the time. It feels like we jumped into the deep end with a killer current while only knowning how to doggy paddle. I'm still trying to make heads and tails of it all and have noticed my weight climbing back up.

Have wanted to be a foster parent since I was 19 but am trying to learn how to not lose myself in caring for 3 needy kids.

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You are very welcome here! Sounds like you are very busy!

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I'm a foster mom in Washington state. While we are open to adoption, our main focus right now is being that safe place for kids while their lives are crazy. We just got our license last August and currently have 3 foster kids living with us full time (8, 7 & 2 y/o) and my 2 step-daughters here part-time (17 & 15 y/o).

I came across this group searching for a foster parent team (which it looks like there isn't one) so I hope you don't mind me joining.

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Hey there Ladies!! Welcome to the team. (Yes, I'm a little behind!)

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Hi Aredding
First of all I cannot imagine what you have been throguh already. It is so wonderful that you have found love again and I wish you best along this journey.

We started getting serious about adoption in Jan/Feb..in Feb is when we finally selected an agency to work with. That might have been the most difficult part...at least so far. Once we had an agency we had someone, our domestic adoption coordinator, to talk to and work thru the process with. We recently haf our home study interviews and are working toward getting it finalized. It was quite a journey just to get ti this point. The amount of information and details required was quite overwhelming to me.

I loved babyfit when i had my daughter, but the site doesnt really have much for adoption support. I too was thrilled to find this team on spark. I find the community to be quite helpful and supportive. It is also helpful to have the support of our family and friends.

Best of luck!
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Hello everyone!

I am not completely new to SP. I joined back in 2009 but did not put much effort into it. I am here again and ready to devote some time to the site and my health. I was SUPER excited to stumble upon the Adoption SparkTeam.

Here is a little background about me. I am 34 years old and a proud mother of 3 beautiful teenage daughters. We had a tramatic event happen that forever changed our lives. Their father committed suicide in the spring of 2003. Prior to that time I was diagnosed with pre-cancerous cells of the cervix and had a hysterectomy. I never dreamed that I would have wanted more children and was at peace with the procedure.

At the beginning of 2008, I gave in and let love take hold again. Joe and I were married this past June and couldn't be happier. We are wanting to expand our family and share our love with possibly 2 more children. Because of my history, I cannot have any more children but we are excited to start the adoption process.

I am anxious to read everyone's stories and find out what did and didn't work through your journeys. I have been doing alot of reading but the information available is quite overwhelming. It is hard to know where to even begin!

I look forward to getting to know everyone! emoticon

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We are in the process to adopt. After a difficult pregnancy (extreme "morning" sickness, placenta previa, low amniotic fluid, failed scheduled induction leading to emergency c-section) that thankfully ended with a healthy baby girl, my DH and I decided that we would probably not consider trying again for another biological child. Still wanted to grow our family, we quickly settled on adoption.

After waiting to the "right" time, we begin getting serious about beginning the adoption process in the beginning of 2011. First I researched types of adoption and agencies. We decided on a local (Texas) agency and a domestic adoption. After a couple of months of filling out forms and gathering the required documents, we FINALLY had our home study last night!

We've had to answer a lot of difficult questions and make some hard decisions regarding what we are and are not open to. Type of adoption: Domestic, are leaning toward a semi-open adoption.
Race: We will not be specifying a race or ethnicity.
Age: newborn to two years of age
Number: 1 or 2, twins or a sibling group
Gender: boy (at least one)
Health: We had to face the fact that we are not ready to take on serious medical challenges. We will only except mild correctable or manageable conditions.

Next steps:
Getting the home study completed and approved. (We've had our first visit and interviews in early May)
Beginning the matching process, including having "Dear Birthparent" letters and mini-scrapbook. (My part, my letter and our scrapbook, is done, now need to get DH to write his letter)
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Hello! I am so glad to have a place to talk about the things that affect me emotionally with people who understand what I am going through. My husband and I are in the process of adopting an infant through private adoption. We feel so blessed to have connected with the birthparents and are planning an open adoption. The baby is due September 1 so we have a while to wait. We are very hopeful that the adoption will happen, but know that one or both parents may change their mind. Most people we know do not understand open adoption and their comments can sometimes add to the stress. I am an emotional eater, so having a place to talk to people will hopefully help me get these last 10 pounds off and keep them off!

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Hi everyone! I have three kiddos, two adopted and one made from scratch. My daughters are from Nicaragua and they were 10 and 12 years old when we brought them home. They are great kids, but parenting teens is challenging. I am excited to have this group! I think losing weight is especially challenging while parenting. It is easy to be too busy to take care of yourself.

If anyone is interested in being weight loss buddies to support each other, please post on my page.

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Welcome to the team!!!

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I recently just joined this group and SP. I am the mom to 2 kids adopted internationally. My son will be 10 (adopted from Guatemala at 7 1/2 months old) and my daughter is 6 (adopted at 19 months from Colombia). Being an "older" mom (age 43) I need to get healthy in order to keep up with my kiddos.

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Welcome to the team, ArmyWife & Dee!

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Hello everyone! Like others on this message board I'm here to get support for both my weight loss and my adoption process. My husband and I are adopting internationally and since we began the process 6 months ago, I have started to gain weight. I feel like I'm pregnant, but of course I'm not. I need support from others to get through this long process without losing ground on my weight loss. I look forward to meeting others with the same issues.

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Hello everyone...I'm new on the message boards and, of course, I gravitated to one that I feel comfortable in...I'm an adoption consultant. :)

I'm not here to do anything more than talk about things I love to talk about - children and family. Hope to make some good friends also!

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Welcome Ruth! Sounds like you have some great motivation to look and feel great. I'll be waiting to hear what happens when you meet your birthfather. That will be a very exciting day!

Best wishes to you!

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Hi Everyone

Nice to find an Adoption team on here! I am 36 and was adopted at six months old. About three years ago, I found my birth mother and one of my brothers. (I have another who I have NOT met - the one I have stayed with our birth family, but the other was adopted, from England, by an American family.)
My mother chose not to keep in touch, though I have left the way open. I am in touch with my brother and through him have made contact with my father, which has been amazing. We are very, very alike - we are both writers and artists. We talk on Skype but will meet for the first time in August.

We are both English, but I live in America and he lives in Turkey, so we are both flying England to meet, and my adoptive parents have invited him to their home to meet them.

I need to lose weight and get healthy anyway, I have diabetes and have just lost a job through ill health related to that and compulsive eating. I am using the meeting with my Dad as the biggest motivation ever! He doesn't care what I look like, though he wants me healthy and happy - but I don't want that day to be about 'what do I wear, oh, I look horrible in the photos' and all that rubbish. For once in my life, I want to be me, not my weight.

I could do with some support!

Thanks for listening, sorry, too long!!!

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emoticon to the Adoption Team Craig, Skeeslo & Cym!!! Thanks for sharing your stories. I wish each of you success in all your goals!

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