My husband, Patrick, and I decided to adopt after the foster care route sort of fell into our lap. I am a chiropractor, and I had a couple of patients ask if we would be interested in doing the TIPS-MAPPS class with them because they wanted to adopt a child. We decided we would give it a shot since being pregnant was never on my list of things to do. About half way through our TIPS-MAPPS class the other couple decided to pursue private adoption. They finished the class with us, and we decided to become a licensed foster home.
We accepted our first placement a couple days after receiving our license from the state. Our first placement was with us for about a month and then moved to be with their aunt. We continued to foster and bring children into our home. In July 2015, our caseworker called us and told us that she had 1 year old twins who needed a foster home. She asked if we would be interested, and, of course, we said, “yes!” Our worker prepared us that the girls’ may have some needs, such as Cerebral Palsy. Fortunately, neither child had that, though both girls were diagnosed as Failure to Thrive when they first moved into our home. Almost instantly they started putting on weight and are now in the 97th percentile!
We were able to adopted these sweet little lovies in December 2017 after fostering them for 2 years. We are so excited to have Jordan and Audrey be a permanent part of our lives. They bring us so much joy and laughter with their spunky little personalities and keep us on our toes like never before. Every time they look at us and say “I love you so much mommy/daddy” or give us that mischievous little smile, we know that we couldn’t have made a better decision to take a chance on loving and initially fostering these little girls. It’s been a beautiful experience having everyone share in our joy of finalization, and we can’t wait to start planning our adoption party!