Monday, November 23, 2009

Adoption Awareness Month: Shining the Light on the Magic of Adoption

by Stacey Doss Doherty of Stacey Doss Doherty PR

I am single, 45, and after years of failed fertility treatments and a painful divorce, I decided to take that wild leap and adopt a baby on my own. Vanessa was born on June 13, 2008, and taking her into my life as my daughter at 24 hours old was the best thing I have ever done, by far. Words cannot describe the day she walked for the first time, or the day she said “Mama.”

My story did not come without its challenges (see Operation Vanessa); in fact the adoption still isn’t final. Even so, if I had to do it all over again, I would never pass up the opportunity to have Vanessa as my daughter. She is the brilliant light that shines within me every day, and brightens our entire family. People tell me “you saved her,” but I think SHE saved ME.

My journey has left me with an amazing sense of purpose that I will work to fulfill for the rest of my life: to promote the sheer magic of adoption, help others through the process, and work to make adoptions easier, more affordable, and much, much more common. There are so many children that need good homes. I wish I could adopt 10 more…….maybe someday, when I find my Brad Pitt!

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Confessions of a Mom said...

Great article. Thanks for sharing. I'm an adoptive mom too (twice) and I feel the same way. We have to do all we can to spread the word to those who may be open, but need a kind word of encouragement.

Anonymous said...

Way to go, Stacey and Vanessa...lots of stumbling blocks, it seems, but in the end it will all be worth it and your family will be richer and fuller...thanks for giving women who want to adopt reasons to stay on course and make this one of the happiest occasions of their lives