Sunday, April 6, 2008

Share Your Adoption Story

We are compiling a book to celebrate Latter-day Saint adoption stories. When my husband and I went through the process of adopting our first child we wished that we had a reference to find out how other people of our faith had experienced this amazing and emotional journey, especially our precious birth families. A book like this would have also been helpful for our family and friends to help them understand more of the process as well.

Has adoption touched your life or your family and friends? By gathering and sharing our heartfelt and inspirational adoption stories, we find common ground and strengthen families, as well as educate people. Your contribution to this effort will be a tremendous opportunity to share your story and all proceeds will be donated to a birth parent scholarship. Please forward this on to as many people as you feel could contribute; we want to share everyone's side of the story including birth families, couples in waiting, as well as adoptive families.

How long are the submissions?

These stories are meant to be short and sweet, one paragraph is perfect with a maximum of five paragraphs in length (50-700 words) and double spaced. Please don’t use birth parent names even if you have permission (use an alias or initials) because their privacy is our priority. You may use fictitious names yourselves, but please indicate. You may want to send a photograph or child drawing for use with your story.

Whose story?

We want everyone’s perspective: adoptive couples, grandparents, siblings, friends, adopted children young and old (children may submit drawings), birth parents and birth grandparents, couples waiting to adopt etc.

How?

Just start writing, the words will come.

Share your reflections on your experiences and adoption in general.

You may share your personal faith in God.

Please post your stories here if you wish.

For more information or to submit your story or photograph to adoptionbook@gmail.com (please use a word file and jpg for any pictures.)

Thanks!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

It was an amazing journey to the adoption of our son. It was nearly two years, but it was WORTH THE WAIT!!! I hope others will share their adoption stories on this site and for the book.

Alison C., Adoptive Mother

Colt and Morgan said...

Our son was born on 3/17/08 at 3:17p.m!! TALK ABOUT OUR LITTLE LUCKY CHARM! We have been trying to have children for about 2 years now, but we KNOW without a doubt that adoption was the way that we were supposed to have our son. It was quite a roller coaster ride, but ALL worth it. He is wonderful! It's SO amazing that we are finally parents. We couldn't ask for a greater blessing. We can't wait to adopt again!

Morgan R. A VERY happy mom!!

Anonymous said...

Our son was born on 3/17/08 at 3:17p.m. TALK ABOUT OUR LITTLE LUCKY CHARM!! We have been trying to have children for about 2 years, and we KNOW without a doubt that adoption was how we were supposed to have our son. It was quite a roller coaster ride of emotions and feelings, but ALL WORTH IT! We are SO happy to be parents! It's the greatest blessing in our lives! We can't wait to adopt again!

Morgan R. a VERY happy mom!

Jaime said...

I would love to share my story, & am also planning to forward this on to the adoptive parents of the girl I placed. Is it too late? I will get on it right away, if not. Thanks!

Stephen and Erica said...

Hey Jaime, It is absolutely not too late to submit a story. We are still in the collection phase with the stories and I'm sure that we will be for the next year. Thanks so much for asking - we'd really love to hear your story.

Sincerely,
Erica

Cristina said...

I feel like talking about all the positive aspects of adoption is one of the most important things we can do. It seems like the world is more and more negative towards adoption and the laws are getting tougher. We adopted a beautiful baby boy in 2007 and can't imagine life without him. I want everyone to know what a wonderful blessing adoption is and that it is truely part of God's plan. I will share my story for the book.

Mandy said...

Are you still collecting stories? I'd love to share ours if you'd like but I am very interested in your book as well and would love any further information as things develop.

Thanks!

mandyandjake @ aol.com

Stacey said...

How is the book coming along? I just came across your blog and am interested in hearing about other people's stories. My son was placed with us 6 weeks ago on Tuesday. I love to share my story! Who wouldn't with such a happy ending :)

Stephen and Erica said...

Things are going well, we have about 15 amazing stories and we will just keep the site up until we get enough for a book. We'd love to share your story!