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How we got started… IMG_7816
Juan and I have been married for almost 15 years now and have 3 biological children of our own.  Joey (14) Mason (11) and Jaylen (9)  To others outside our home we seemed complete and full.  However, for about 2 years Juan and I felt God preparing our hearts for something more.  Juan works with children in the Behavioral Health department and unfortunately works with many kids who get taken from their homes.  We decided that we could open our home as well.  We became certified foster parents about 6 months ago.  Now the first thing they tell you in foster orientation is “Our goal is first and foremost reunification!”  Which basically means, don’t get too attached because we will be giving them back to their parents soon.  This honestly terrified me!!  How could I open my heart to a child then say good-bye.  I prayed deeply for God’s strength in this and felt I was prepared.  So the wait started…

We finally got the call… 
On Monday, June 22, 2015 at around 4:00pm I got a phone call from our social worker saying they had a baby.  At the time they thought she was almost 3 months old (She was just turning 1 month) and the only exception would be she had to be adopted.  This little girl was special…she needed extra care and a home that would always be hers.  This baby was diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome.  They needed an answer right away.  I instantly called Juan and explained…without any hesitations he said YES!  I cannot even come close to explain the emotions I was feeling.  Not only would we be welcoming a new baby girl into our lives, but she would be ours for good!!  On June 25, 2015 Jana officially came home.

Her Story…
Our daughter was born 10 days after Jaylen celebrated her 9th birthday.  At the time of her birth her birth parents made the decision to hand her over for adoption.  We are unsure of why they made that choice.  We have to assume that they knew she would need special care and wanted to make sure she was well taken care of.  As a mother, I couldn’t imagine the pain that poor woman was in when she signed her rights over.  It is a pure act of love to put your child’s overall needs over your own.  We will always be grateful to both of them for giving us such a great gift.

The Process Begins…
So here we are!  Working on a massive amount of paper work and meeting almost daily with social workers, physical therapist, CASA Volunteers and doctors to make sure our baby Jana is getting everything she needs.  We are praying the process goes smoothly and that come January 2016, she will be officially ours!!


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