National Adoption Month
Did you know November is National Adoption Month? Many of you may not know, but I'm an adoptive Mom. Yes, my husband and I adopted our youngest son almost ten years ago. Like many couples we struggled with infertility. From the start of our marriage, we always wanted to adopt a young child, but wanted to have our biological children first. However, God had other plans.
After the birth of our first son, we had two additional babies. Unfortunately, we lost both of them a few hours after they were born. Those were really tough and difficult days...lost of crying and disappointment. After taking a year to allow ourselves to grieve and our emotions to heal and recover we looked into adoption. At the time, we were living in Los Angeles; so we knew there were a lot of kids in Foster Care in need of a loving home. So, I did some research to find out where we needed to start the process of adoption.
I contacted the local Los Angeles Foster-to-Adoption office and was given the guidelines for becoming an adoptive parent as what steps to take.
My husband and I went through parenting classes, completed a home study, background checks, and then went through the process of trying to be matched with a child. About two months later, we saw a Wednesday's Child segment on Fox LA featuring a child that peeked our interests. So, we scheduled a meeting with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to learn more.
At this point, the process of adopting our son was becoming real. About a month after the meeting with DCFS, the Social Worker contacted me to schedule a pickup date for our son-it was the day after July 4. At this point, it had been about 6 months since I made the initial telephone call. On July 5, I went to the DCFS office to pick up my son and he has been with us since. A year after our son was placed in my arms, my husband and I officially became his adoptive parents. He has been a true joy to our family.
If you have ever considered being an adoptive parent, I encourage you to contact your local adoption agency. Or you can ask me any questions.
Being an adoptive family is a work of heART. It takes a lot of heart to open your home to a stranger and loving them as your own. Unconditional love is a wonderful thing. If you are an adoptive family, I would love to photograph the love you have for each other.
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Hello, I'm Tamieka, the owner of Tamieka Smith Photography. I am currently located in Northern Virginia and I would love to help you plan your family's portraits or photograph your military ceremony — possibly both. Working with families and military members is my specialty. I hope you'll look at my recent work and all that’s available for you. I hope we're able to work together and I’m able to document your family’s history.