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I quickly learned to negotiate...
David A, an adoptive parent in Mobile, Alabama
I began the adoption process 15 years ago. I went through several training's and made contacted the state agency. Finally, after almost two years, I saw a picture of a 9 year old little boy who was available for adoption and who needed a family. My social worker checked into this and within several months visits began. I visited him and then he visited me. This child was considered "special needs." After being with him, I mentally committed to adopt him. We had adjustments to make.
As a bachelor, I was rather set in my ways. As a 10 year old, he was rather set in his ways. I quickly learned to negotiate. This was the beginning of a relationship that grew one step a time. Today he is 22 years old, in college, and as fine a young man as one could hope. Within two years after his adoption, I adopted a 6 year old boy, a year later a 5 year old boy, four years later an 8 year old boy, and two years later a 10 year old boy. I currently have a foster child who has been with me for more than two years and I might be able to adopt him if he becomes available. By the way, my five adopted children are doing well, have made tremendous strides emotionally and socially. I am considering adopting again.
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