Tiffany and Raf, An Adoption Journeys

Tiffany and Raf, An Adoption Journeys

Working side by side with Tiffany during her adoption planning was unforgettable and is forever imprinted on my heart. Her truthful, strong, and confident spirit is contagious! Seeing her and Rafael’s support for each other was special. The way this couple overcame obstacles and remained dedicated to their adoption plan was empowering to say the least. The love her and Raf have for their son Ian and his adoptive parents is pure. The first day I met Tiffany, she already knew she wanted to meet Tara and Daniel and she had a huge smile on her face. For the next 7 months or so we would discussing baby names, birth plans, future open adoption visits and contact, emotions surrounding the adoption and placing her son, and preparation for the hospital and Ian’s birth. Ian is named after his older brother, Deegan, and his older brother Alex. Which is very special to Tiffany and Raf and to the adopting parents. I feel extremely honored to have been a part of this adoption journey and I feel very lucky for Ian, who already has double the family and love on both his birth families side and his adoptive parents side.

 I look forward to seeing the relationship between these special people unfold. JOH is here for you and honored to be a part of your journey.

When considering adoption and your options, please view stories such as these as an example to what sort of control you have in the planning. You have the opportunity to be involved in the naming of your child, developing a relationship with the adoptive parents, have your pregnancy related needs provided for, receive counseling, and receive one on one time with a coordinator and birth mother herself. We are here to support you and work on a plan that is unique to you and your situation.

With love,

Chelsea Moore
Domestic Adoption Coordinator
Birth mother

Journeys India Program is Open!

Journeys India Program is Open!

Journeys India Program Is Open! What India Adoption Means to Me

Years ago, when I wanted to adopt, I was directed to an India Program where babies were coming home as young as 2-4 months old.

My husband and I put in our paperwork and waited. It was a new program and the kinks weren’t out of it yet, as if the kinks are ever out of any adoption program.

About a year and a half later we were sent the picture of the sweetest, most determined looking little baby. She held her fists up as if to box and had a nice band of scabies across her forehead. We were instantly in love with our baby, who we named Alexis Kate Yashodhara. Alexis came home to us at four months of age weighing 9.5 pounds. Life had been hard for her up to that point and I’m sure coming into our home was even harder. She’d been in multiple settings with many caregivers and looked at us with suspicion.

Our family all fell in love with her as did friends and then a wider group that included church, school, and other activities in the community. So few people were aware that children were coming home from India but when Alexis went with us around our small Oregon town heads turned and smiles were abundant.

Though we could have done a better job encouraging her ethnic identity as an Indian, Alexis eventually grew to love India and volunteered there for three months just after she graduated from college. Her experience helping street children at a center was an eye opener for her.

Parenting Alexis has been one of the highlights of our lives. She’s done well and although she does feel a lot of the core issues of adoption, she forges ahead with the same determination she did in that baby picture with her fists out to box. She brings a wonderful and compelling spark to her family.

Graduating from Willamette University and working for a major corporation were short term goals for her. Now married with three children she perfects daily her most precious goal in life. We are so pleased that our girl became a mother who beams on her children now as a mother who knows what is like to be without blood ties in one’s family. She feels so complete now, through the eyes of her kids.

Grand parenting is one of life’s greatest joys! our hearts fill with such happiness as we watch our Indian grandchildren and remember our Baby Alexis, coming to us from Kolkata with her firsts ready. Two weeks ago Alexis’ five-year-old son was asked to join a group of Indians in a pick-up game of cricket, at a local park. As always we looked on with great pride and hope of finding more great cultural experiences.

So, it is with great pride that we enter into opening up the JOH India Program again. We can only fathom the pleasure that other families will have raising their precious children.

Susan Tompkins LCSW, Executive Director
Journeys of the Heart Adoption Services
info@journeysoftheheart.net

Congratulations Jon and Tara

Congratulations Jon and Tara

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer as much as we are here at Journeys of the Heart! We would like to take a moment to congratulate Jon and Tara from Beaverton, Oregon, on the adoption of their beautiful daughter, Isabelle.

Isabelle was born May 28 and was placed for adoption through our domestic program here at Journeys of the Heart Adoption Services! Tara and Jon have an open relationship with Isabelle’s birth mother that they truly embrace.

The couple say they are having so much fun loving on her!! 

We are honored and proud to have been a part of your adoption journey.

DAISIE’S OPEN ADOPTION:

DAISIE’S OPEN ADOPTION:

Daisie Open Adoption

From the moment Kelli and Andrew walked through our doors at Journeys, I knew something special was going to happen. Their love and dedication to providing their daughter Daisie with the very best way in life was evident from the start. Their thorough dedication and heartfelt effort to make an adoption plan was very important to both of them. Their adoption journey started with choosing a family for Daisie. This meant going over what they each wanted in an adoptive family and finding a couple that they felt they had similar views on about life and parenting. That is where Dan and Maura joined the picture. The first meeting Kelli and Andrew had with Dan and Maura was at the Roxy in downtown Portland. Simple conversation over some tater tots is what started the connection and journey for both of them ( if possible, use first photo attached to follow this paragraph).

After a trip to the Build-A-Bear workshop to create a special gift for Daisie from Kelli and Andrew, their connection with the adoptive family grew stronger. Before we knew it, Daisier was days away from being born. Kelli kept in regular contact with Maura about her pregnancy progression. Once it was time for Daisie to make her appearance, Kelli and Andrew were supported by many of their family members and Dan and Maura. This was a wonderful time for Kelli and Andrew’s family to get to know Dan and Maura and build a relationship with them as well. (build a bear photo attached)

Daisie was born in January of 2016. She was welcomed by so many loving family members, especially Kelli and Andrew!
Our team at Journeys have already enjoyed watching this open adoption relationship grow and cannot wait to see how these two families will come together and to see their love for each other and Daisie grow stronger over the months and years to come.

Journeys could not be more honored to have met Kelli and Andrew and to have assisted them in the adoption planning of their daughter, Daisie. We are always here to support and love you throughout the years to come. You are truly amazing and have made Dan and Maura two of the happiest people in the world. You my friends, are very special, brave, and dedicated individuals who have many wonderful things coming your way.

Open Adoption is the way to go!
Thank you for reading and thank you Kelli and Andrew for allowing me to share your experience.
Photo credit: Savannah Danko

Chelsea, Domestic Adoption Coordinator- Journeys of the Heart.

Growing Up As An Adopted Chinese Girl (Odyssey Online)

Growing Up As An Adopted Chinese Girl (Odyssey Online)

The form reads, “Please indicate your ethnicity (check all that apply),” and my stomach does a little flip, tumble, and drop. I’ve never understood why these forms ask such complicated questions and assume such a simplified answer. Sometimes they grace me with an “Other _____” option, but two inches of black line isn’t going to save me from the inevitable question: Which box do I check? How do I identify?

Excerpt taken from:

The Truth About Growing Up As An Adopted Chinese Girl In White, American Culture

Walking the in-between.

Kay Garlick-Ott

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