Statement of Adoptive Parent
April 8, 1983
I desire to adopt Laura for several reasons. The foremost reason is that I have come to love Laura as I love my own children. I am concerned for her welfare and well being. I share her joys of success and sadness of failure. Another reason for her adoption is that I want to support Laura in a legal sense but also in an emotional sense. I want her to know that she is a part of our family as are our other children. I want her to be aware of my commitment to her, both legal and emotional.
Laura is a beautiful child. She is pretty and intelligent. She is fully aware that she has two fathers (her natural father died when she was 2 1/2 years old). His death was sad and is difficult for her to understand though time has helped her reorder her life. I want to complete her family order and continue the healing process that has helped her to feel secure and loved. I request that I be allowed to adopt Laura and care for her as my own.
This is the chapter of my life that I’ve been waiting to write about. The year that I turned eight was life-changing for me. Not only was I baptized, but I was adopted by my dad. For the beginning of our story, see my previous post, What I Don’t Remember.
I do remember being adopted. I remember the excitement of taking a day off school to drive down to meet with the judge. I remember him asking me questions and my parents signing papers. I remember taking pictures outside the courthouse before heading back home. I remember that I felt very loved.
I still do.
I’m sure my eighth year was full of exciting things (like my baptism and the birth of my sister, Andrea) but none stand out in my mind as vividly as the day I was adopted.
Is there a moment in your youth that stands out as one of the most important days of your life?
I’m recording my youth, one year per week. Come back next week to find out what life was like in 4th grade (age nine).
PS–Today I am guest posting over at Live and Love…Out Loud. If you’ve never visited Kristi’s blog, you’ve got to stop by today and check it out. A fellow mother of many (four!) and lover of photography…..I adore Kristi! You should follow her on twitter (@Tweetingmama), too. Plus, I had a lot of fun writing my Pros and Cons of Parenting Tweens and Teens. I’ll feel extra special if you leave me a comment over there today. Thanks!
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