New Beginnings Adoption Story

My name is Mike and our son, age 13, was placed with us on June 28.  He's a thoughtful, energetic, handsome young man that we met at a Rotary-sponsored 'match event' in East Texas. I knew immediately there was something unique about that initial encounter, and several months later he was permanently placed in our home.

His ultimate placement, of course, was not without complications.  He was removed from his home at age 8 due to varying neglect factors and placed into foster care.  He has several siblings all from different paternity.

Despite these circumstances, and their consequential influences and scars, he's a survivor...aided by an extraordinary foster care couple who cared for him, and many others, until his permanent placement with us.

We would not have been equipped to take on his adoption without their timely intervention, or absent the compassion and competence of his CPS guardians in East Texas who shepherded his case over that span.  All have had an immeasurable, positive impact on his life, and have well prepared him for the transition he's well making with us.

On our side, we've been represented by the Gladney Center for Adoption in Ft. Worth and its veritable arsenal of well-trained, servant-oriented professionals who trained, encouraged, counseled us throughout.  Their faith-centered approach was the ideal fit for our values orientation, and they have effectively partnered not only with us but with those overseeing and caring for our son prior to his placement.  

It's a providential marvel to me and my wife, Susan, when we consider how these varying pieces have fit together to support the common goal of our child's well being.

Our son, an aspiring outdoorsman, attended fishing camp yesterday and caught a large mouth bass that was nearly as big as him.  We'll attend a family camp with him in Missouri in a few weeks.  He's spending time this summer with reading tutors helping him to build confidence ahead of the new school year.  We're attending a professional baseball game tonight.  Seemingly every day brings some new adventure...that breeds a new story....that adds fresh perspective and energy to our lives through the open-ended miracle of adoptive parenthood.

All of this would not be possible without those who make it their calling to stand in the gap for hurting children.  From our evolving family, we are greatly inspired and eternally thankful for the love and light you bring into our world.

CONTACT GLADNEY:

Gladney Center for Adoption
6300 John Ryan Drive | Fort Worth, Texas 76132-4122

Headquarters: 817-922-6000   Pregnant?: 1-800-GLADNEY
International Adoptions: 1-800-INT-ADOP
Domestic Adoptions: 1-800-687-3097
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