It’s National Adoption Awareness Month! Even if you can’t adopt or foster parent now, or if you don’t plan to, you can still make an impact in the life of a child in foster care or a family trying to adopt. Check out my blog post that includes links and more info on how we can all make an impact👉🏻link in bio. #adoptionrocks #adoptionislove #nationaladoptionmonth
When you get the chance to be a part of an adoption day photo shoot for the second time for the same family. #blessings #adoptionislove
Kyle built himself a castle while waiting for our turn to see the dr. I am so beyond proud of the progress he has made these past few months. We’ve pretty much stayed home with very few trips or outings with friends to focus on his and our families well being. My husband and I got to take an over night trip last weekend and did not get one phone call from the kids. Usually an overnight trip is impossible. I’m not going to lie, there were many times I felt I could not do it anymore but so glad we stuck it out. Lots of good did come from the bad, we got in contact with his bio family and the family we met are amazing loving people. #alwayslookforthegood #ilovemykids #adoptionislove
You may not know it, but there is an adoption symbol!
You may have heard people say “adoption triad”. It’s a commonly-used term that describes the three sides of an adoption: the birth family, the adoptive family and the adoptee. The triangle in the symbol represents those 3 points. The heart intertwined in this symbol of adoption represents the love involved in the relationship of adoption.
Did you know that 25% of all proceeds from the #AdoptConnect
Marketplace are donated to organizations that provide support to adoptive families and birth parents?
One of these organizations is @helpusadopt
, a national 501(c)(3) financial grant program that helps couples/individuals (regardless of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, marital status or sexual orientation) with the cost of their adoptions by awarding grants up to $15,000. Helpusadopt.org is the only adoption grant organization in the country that embodies all of the following criteria: awards large, life-changing grants; supports domestic, international and foster care adoptions; and does not charge applicants to apply.
If you’d like to support Helpusadopt.org, it’s as easy as shopping through our online Marketplace! Click the link in our profile to check it out or read more about our beneficiaries.
I am a REAL mom. My husband is a REAL dad.
For clarity’s sake, we do often refer to the families we send to Disney World as adoptive families. But at their core, they are normal, REAL families, just like families built biologically.
Asking an adoptive mom about their child’s “real mom” can be incredibly hurtful. The better way to say it would be to ask about their “birth mother” and “birth family” or “first mother” and “first family”. Many families are not opposed to talking about their children’s first families, but the language you use to ask, can make all the difference.
Adoptive families are REAL families. Love makes a family, and adoption is LOVE. We’re Funding Love.
#adoption #adoptionislove #fundinglove #disneyfamily
Somewhere out there, a brave expectant momma is searching for the right family for her baby. YOU can be the miracle that helps her find us! Here’s how you can help:⠀
➕ Like, Comment & Share our posts on our Facebook page “Ris and Tevan - Hoping to Adopt”. Facebook’s algorithm is tricky: Comments are worth about 10 “likes”; Shares are worth about 10 comments. If you only have time for a like, we will take it! But the more “action” our posts get, the more they are seen/the greater our reach! ⠀
➕ Invite your friends to “Like” our Facebook page! Again, the more people who see our posts, the closer we get to finding our match! Your share could lead to your hairdresser’s share which could lead to her cousin’s share which could lead to her high school best friend’s share...The links go on and on. Growing our circle of those our posts reach will help us be found by the right expectant momma. Our goal is to get 1,000 likes on our Facebook page by Christmas!⠀
➕ On Instagram, please screenshot and share this post on your feed and/or story. (You can also use a reposting app!) Don’t forget to tag me (@ris.rat
) so any potential expectant moms, dads, or families can connect with us! The Instagram algorithm really rewards comments, so the more comments our posts receive, the more they are seen. ⠀
We are open to babies of any race, any gender, from any state in the US! We can’t wait to welcome a sweet little one into our home, lives, and family! Please reach out if you have any questions. ❤️⠀
Ris + Tevan⠀
☎️ Call/text anytime: 385-323-2131⠀
#adoptingbabyratliff #risandtevanadopt #hopingtoadopt #adoptionrocks #adoption #weloveadoption #ourjourneytoadoption #adoptionjourney #adoptionislove #lovemakesafamily
“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”
- Maya Angelou
You don’t need to be afraid of people who are different than you. You don’t have to worry that by allowing others to have safety and dignity, you will somehow be forced to give up your own.
So much hatred is fueled by fear. This world is a beautiful, magnificent place, filled with beautiful, magnificent people. Some of the very best friends David and I have made have been while traveling.
Here is Zimrah with one of her most favorite people in India. His religion and culture are dramatically different from our own, and yet his humanity and heart are so incredible and intricate. He loves adoption and has helped countless families navigate the process, driving them from place to place, making them feel comfortable, and sharing about his life.
We have learned so much and have been humbled over and over again by the selfless way our friends across the oceans have loved and cared for us, and how each day they continue the work of making orphaned children sons and daughters. I pray we never stop learning.
Throughout the rest of November I am hoping to highlight some of the beautiful people who we are blessed to call friends.
These extra hormones have me all kinds of emotional right now! We took Bash to the Lincoln Park Zoo and I cried when I saw the seals (give me a break, I’ve never seen them before)! And now that my boys are heading home tomorrow, I find myself wanting to cry constantly! I’m so glad that they were both able to be here with me, they’ve definitely made this trip even better! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Now since I’ll be here alone for a couple more days, hit me with your favorite binge worthy tv shows! I’ve seen a lot, so get creative!
l Be a rainbow in someone’s cloud l ⋒ .
I went to bed last night feeling an emotion I can’t really explain. Jessica the owner and creative genius behind @wild_fire_water
created a rainbow fringe blanket and wanted to auction it off for our embryo adoption fund. The auction launched last night and in an hour and a half the bid was at $200, this morning it jumped to $250. To say I’m humbled would hardly scratch the surface of how I feel. Having someone, pretty much a complete stranger who I only recently became a customer of, reach out to me and want to support our growing family blew my mind. To have someone share our cause so selflessly with all of their customers. To have a community of people say kind words and have the inclination to help us, again complete strangers to them, is shocking. .
The support that we have received from the community of people here on Instagram is a support I couldn’t have imagined in my wildest dreams. It still doesn’t feel real. To have so many people cheering us on, praying for us, hoping we will bring our baby home, encouraging us & thinking about two people they’ve never met in real life, makes my heart all but explode 🖤 .
Seeing people who I’ve interacted with for sometime sharing our story, bidding on this auction item, buying from our fundraiser, wearing our shirts, praying for our baby & family is the beauty in this journey I never knew I’d find. .
My words don’t do our gratitude justice but I hope that they begin to show the world a little of what we are feeling. Our snowflake baby & hopefully our rainbow baby is frozen & suspended in time, waiting for us to bring them home & each and everyone of you are making that dream a reality. .
#rainbow #rainbowbaby #embryoadoption #adoption #adoptionislove #adoptionrocks #lovemakesafamily #fertility #infertility #infertilityawareness #infertilitysucks #bringinghomebabysteen #pcos #miscarriage #ihadamiscarriage #ivf #ivfsupport #adoptionfundraiser #ttc #ttccommunity
Did you know we offer camps, support groups, counseling and other services for families and adoptees? Adoption is a journey that lasts for a lifetime, and we stand by you the whole way.⠀
To learn about our post-adoption services, click the link in out bio!
To the woman who made the ultimate sacrifice to give her daughter a second chance at life. To someone, I am very thankful for. Desiree, you will always be her mother no matter what. She will always know her story and the beauty behind it. It may have been a rocky journey but I am so blessed that you did this for your daughter. I know times can be tough. I just want you to know that I cherish our relationship.
Many people have asked about Krizenthia's journey and I want to respect everyone. That includes the woman who gave her life. (We asked her permission before doing this.) She did something many can not. She put her selfish wants to the side and gave her daughter another chance to live a life she deserves.
There have been many times we haven't seen eye to eye but I will always respect her mother no matter what. This journey has definitely been worth it.
Julian and I love you very much. We know this has been tough but we appreciate that you are open to us sharing her journey. Xoxo
I love the self care movement we as women + mothers have going on. I look back at my childhood and recall my mom sitting on the floor of the shower and wonder how she kept it together until my dad passed. There was none of this self care, self love, take care of yourself business going on back then. Do you relate? Were our moms stuffing their faces with chocolate ice cream in the bathroom or nah?
The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be. | Anne Frank | #snowday2018
Congratulations to the “H” family and their adorable new addition! We’re so excited for them and this new chapter in their lives. Please keep the birth family in your thoughts throughout this transition. 💙💙💙
#adoptionislove #takeusonyouradoptionjourney #adoption
“We wheeled our birth mom out while she was holding the baby. Our significant others ran to go get the cars as we prepared for the most heart wrenching moment. As she was passing our baby girl into my arms, the biggest tears and sobs were running down both of our faces. I was literally being handed over my daughter by the most incredible woman I’ve ever met. I can tell you without a doubt there were angels helping our birth mom hand her baby over to me and angels helping me take my baby into my arms. The most sacred moment (other than being married to my husband of course!) I’ve ever been a part of.” Continue reading how sweet Lemmon came into @kashiapalmer
family in my stories. http://liketk.it/2yekK #liketkit @liketoknow.it
“Families don’t have to match. You don’t have to look like someone else to love them.” -Leigh Ann Tuohy⠀
This little Dino buddy has been a little miracle I’ve had the privilege of getting to watch grow for the last 9+ months. One of my favorite things in this last season is engaging with multiple friends who are in the foster care/adoption process. Several of my amazing cousins were adopted, but I was too young to get to experience the process. So getting an up close view of the ins and outs of the foster care system have been fascinating, beautiful, heartbreaking, and heroic.⠀
As of September 2018, there were more than 3,700 children in Texas available for adoption for whom CPS was seeking a permanent home. Many of these children ask themselves, "Why not me? Why can't I have a family?"⠀
Adoption has impacted the lives of many, but it can impact the lives of SO MANY MORE children and families. If you have a heart for adoption, but don’t know how to get involved, don’t be overwhelmed! Here are a few ideas:⠀
1️⃣ The easiest place to start is to PRAY: for the Children at-risk and in the system to have loving and protective homes; for the Parents—both the foster and birth parents—to thrive and love these kids well; for the Family and Protective Services staff, CASA, and social workers to have peace as they advocate for the children and make placements; for the Judges and attorneys to make wise decisions.⠀
2️⃣ FOSTER CARE is a wonderful and challenging calling and many more are called than are currently fostering. The average foster child moves SEVEN times at an average rate of every six to 12 months. A child who has a stable, healthy foster home can be key to significantly decreasing the number of moves for the child while they’re in care. — Kinship care is also important, where relatives and family friends who can provide stability while children can’t live with their parents, may help prevent kids from needing to be placed in the foster care system.⠀
3️⃣ If you’re interested in ADOPTION— find a qualified agency that can help you navigate the differences between [CONTINUED IN COMMENTS 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼]
TONIGHT! Arizona Birth Mom Support Group meets at 6:30 pm! Will you come sit knee to knee with us?
November is National Adoption Month, and in honor of the amazing adoptive parents out there, we’re sharing your stories and experiences. Like @callietroyer
, who recounted an incredible first: “I’ve waited six months for this moment, and it was even better than I imagined. Today, Gideon fell asleep on me for the first time. Some days we feel just how much we missed in Gideon’s first two years of life, so I’m exceedingly grateful for these “simple” moments where I get to hold on to my baby just a little longer. Even if it’s right in the middle of a busy day inside one of the most visited museums in the country”. 💕
What was your most memorable first? Tell us about them in the comments below.
#BabyDove #TrustYourWay #NationalAdoptionMonth #Adoption #Parenting #Parents #Family #AdoptionJourney #AdoptionStory #AdoptionIsLove #AdoptionRocks #Adoption
Happy day in court this weekend. Seifi’s adoption was finalized! Proud to come from an open hearted and open minded family.