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Adoption 101: The Post I Wish Had Been Written By Someone Else Four Months Ago

Originally posted on Borrowed Genes:
IT BEGINS! The hubs and I have been shown our first birth mother profile, and we gave permission for our agency to share our portfolio with the expectant mother. Although this young lady will be shown a number of profiles, and it is unlikely that we will be chosen the very first time around, it feels good to finally be in this place where someone could choose us if they so desired. The idea that we could be bringing home a baby sooner rather than later makes my heart pitter-patter just to think of it. Many people have asked me how adoption works these days, specifically open adoption. It is a concept unfamiliar to most people, unless you have gone through the process or love someone who has. WE HAD NO IDEA WHERE TO BEGIN OR WHAT WE WERE DOING.  Also, no one could really explain it particularly well.  I guess that is because there are so many variables and no two cases are the same.  Four months later, we…

Kiwanis International: Serving the Community by Helping Children

As a teenager and young adult, I perceived Kiwanis as an organization for the more “seasoned” members of our society, and didn’t give it another thought.  I knew Kiwanis was a charitable organization but, like most young people, noble or charitable purposes were not a high priority for me in my younger years. Kiwanis never really entered my narrow field of vision.  However, I grew up, and wanting to help and do more for children in my own area, I decided to learn more about Kiwanis and its mission to help children. By coincidence I met an attorney named Liz Lafollette at a local bar association meeting in Okaloosa Island, Florida.  Liz is a member of the Destin Kiwanis Club and a past president; She suggested that I attend a meeting and consider joining.  The Destin club meets every other Thursday at a local church. The club is an eighteen member group of “mighty but strong” participants who are committed to helping children throughout the Destin, Florida area.  I attended my first Kiwanis club meeting and found everyone to …