Our Success Stories
Since my husband and I lived and worked in Uganda in 2009, international adoption has been the way we have wanted to grow our family. In 2014, we discovered BAAS and began our journey to adopt our son, Everett David. BAAS prepared us exceptionally well for what was ahead: the uncertainties, the waiting, the Ugandan court process, and most importantly, bonding with our child, who was nearly a year old when we first met. Our homestudy process was a very positive experience, and we enjoyed learning from our social worker about what might lie ahead.
In October of 2014, I attended a meet and greet with Dinah, our Uganda program coordinator. She was in town visiting the US for the first time and came to the BAAS office to tell us all about the programs in Uganda. Being an adoptive parent myself of two beautiful and perfect girls from China, I was interested in hearing about Uganda and meeting Dinah
"1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7" … "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7" …"1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7" … we must have counted that out a thousand times while we were in China in June 2015.
"We have five children. We have five children??? We have five children!!!" It seems like every time we say that phrase there is a different emphasis. We certainly had never expected to have five children, but we'll let you in on a secret … it's awesome!
Adoption was something that I thought about for a very long time. I always saw myself surrounded by children, but as I lived my life, that visual eluded reality. I recently moved to the west coast, and surrounded by my family and new friends, I found the emotional strength and made the decision to adopt as a single parent.
Meet Miss Anna Maria Brodkey, a delightful 14 year old who lives on the west coast with her dog Cammy, pet rats Gus and Sean, her brother David, and her parents, Pat and Jerry. She was adopted from Guatemala with the help of BAAS when she was five months old.
After marrying in 2011 and taking a trip around the world, we considered adoption as a means to build our family. We saw the need first hand in places like East Africa; greatly affected, we believed international adoption might make sense for us. We attended BAAS'