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Happy Adoption Anniversary Boys!

By November 5, 2012

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Yes, ten years ago today, my husband, myself, and our daughter finalized the foster care adoption of our 3 boys. We fostered them for two years before facing a judge in Wichita, KS to make it all official. It's funny that we finalized in November during National Adoption Month, but back then I didn't even realize it was National Adoption Month. Many families plan for it to occur in November just for that reason, but we just fell into it.

Parenting three teen boys with high emotional and behavioral needs was no picnic in the park. But we did learn a lot from our time together as a family and I believe we are all better people for the experience. Every trial they face is still yet another growing and learning opportunity for us.

We have never made our adoption anniversary a big deal - more of a, "Hey, do you remember what today is?" type of thing. Some families go all out and it becomes another holiday. But we did send out adoption announcements in our Christmas cards that year to announce our new additions. What is your adoption finalization day to you and your family?

How do you celebrate your adoption anniversaries? Is it a special day in your home, or does it just become like any other day?

Suggested Reading:
How To Complete a Foster Care Adoption
What Is an Adoption Welcome Party?
Hosting an Adoption Baby Shower
Several Design Ideas for Making Adoption Announcements

June 13, 2013 at 7:30 pm
(1) Heather says:

5 years ago today my mother, father and I finalized the adoption of my little brother (who we also fostered for two years prior to finalizing) he’s now in those terrible teen years…
I wanted to answer your question, my mother think its an absolute requirement for him to celebrate (with a huge dinner, cake, cards and even presents) but I think that it’s unfair and pointless. I love that he has a special day but I think he or she should choose which ‘birth’day we celebrate. Maybe its because I’m so much older (11 years) and have my own children (who one happens to share this special ‘week’ of her actual birth) to plan for and spoil. I know I’ve had many celebrations that he will never be able to experience and I’m definetly not jealous, but for him I kind of think that its just another reason for him to expect something. I dont know… how do other siblings handle an extra celebration?

Old Big Sister

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