Arya, Mom & Jax makes 3
“Adoption was something that I thought about for a very long time”
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.
Once I made that decision, a monumental weight lifted off my shoulders, and I earnestly started the process, with its intense paperwork, medical checks, background checks, social worker visits, and serious thinking about how my life would change soon.
Arya, my daughter, was referred to me when she was eleven months old, and I picked her up in India as she turned eighteen months. She was born with cleft lip and palate, and when I picked her, the lip had been repaired, and I quickly scheduled the palate surgery. There were several crossroads I crossed between attending the initial adoption orientation and coming home with my baby girl. There was the decision which country, of boy or girl, the special needs checklist, the referrals, the forms.
Today, we are an active, happy, and busy family. Arya, Jax – our dog, and me, feel like any other family. It's the family I wanted, and I thank BAAS for helping make this happen.