By: Dedri Raichart
We thought about adoption for years and had talked about it on many occasions. However, it was not until 2015 that the Lord fully put it in on our hearts and minds and propelled us to take the proper steps to become an adoption resource for a child. There were so many children that wanted families but the Lord placed Damian on our hearts even before we had the chance to meet him.
During GPS (Group Preparation and Selection) classes and during all of the required preparation for approval all but one of our birth children lived with us. This too had a purpose. This gave us the ability to help our children fully understand our hearts and how we wanted to continue to love and be there for other children. After this conversation, we all opened ourselves up to the scrutiny of the State in order to be able to open our door to the child(ren) that the Lord would send.
Most everything fell right into place. We were blessed that the state adoption recruiter for Damian was really on the ball and took notice of our home study and how closely we matched Damian. She joked that we even look alike, which we do! She also worked really well with our county worker which made things that much easier.
Both worked tirelessly in order to make sure it was a solid and secure fit. They even helped us find a reasonable adoption attorney and other resources for Damian's immediate needs upon arriving to his new home. It may be cliché to say, but we really did feel that Damian was our child from the moment we met him and our parental protection factor went off the charts. We could barely stand to leave him after our first afternoon with him and were so pleased that he felt the same. We couldn’t have asked for a better match!
We enjoy our son immensely and have felt increasing love and tenderness for him. He in turn has begun to lean on us to meet his needs and to know how much we deeply care about him whether he is having a good or bad day. In the end, all ended up as it should have and Damian is a highlight in our hearts and minds and has added a new happiness to our souls.