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Adoption Stories

Two Times the Love

With two adoption experiences under her belt, Alysia is personally connected to the roller coaster of emotions, the highs, and the lows that any adoption journey can take. But the love she has found by growing her family through adoption is truly unmatched. With their first adoption Alysia felt the heartbreak of an unexpected turn…

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The Love of Two Families

Alisa’s heart has always been for adoption and when she and her husband Andrew married, he too took on the dream of adopting one day. Four biological children later and Alisa and Andrew were ready to begin the process and build their forever family. “We wanted to give a child a life they would never…

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Family Corner: ‘How Do I Handle Lying’ by Dr. Karyn Purvis

At Shepherd Care we support a therapeutic approach called TBRI; that stands for Trust-Based Relational Intervention. And it helps parents provide the kind of effective support that a child who has experienced trauma needs. You can watch a full episode from Dr. Karyn Purvis where she addresses a common question amongst adoptive parents, ‘How Do I…

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Family Corner: 
A Doll for Everyone

Adoptive parents are often up against unique challenges that some biological parents never experience. One of those moments can come in the toy store among shelf, after shelf, of dolls that all look the same—and nothing like your child. Instead of letting our little ones feel defeated, we encourage parents to look for dolls, or…

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The Journey HOME

The journey to becoming a forever family can be filled with obstacles and unexpected heartache—but the reward is worth any journey; because in the end, a child is woven into your heart and home forever. Bryn and Kate met in medical school and married 4 years later while they were still in residency. They hoped…

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A Forever Family Story

What Daniel and Barbara Smith never expected for their family, turned out to be the greatest journey and blessing of their lives. Daniel and Barbara celebrated 30 years of marriage this year and Barbara shared, “We always wanted children but we couldn’t get pregnant. God placed a baby in our lives and Shepherd Care made…

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I am Adopted

I love when people give me that shocked look and say “Oh my gosh, you were adopted” My response is: Yes, I am??, with a confused look, (is it supposed to be a problem??) . It is not a disability, or a disease it’s a choice.  Of course, I can only speak about my experience…

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Our Child

“She grew in me and now she grows with you. This child is our child.” When I placed my baby for adoption, it was hard to believe that I could be a part of this little girl’s story; that I would matter in her life. I knew that I wanted to choose life, but I also knew…

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Our Adoption Story (Part 6 of 7)

The best day ever!   When I arrived in Florida on Thursday, I was greeted by Nidia Sica.  What a lovely face to be greeted by!  Nidia accompanied me to the hospital where our birth mom was and I got to meet and hang out with her for several hours.  Justin arrived the next morning,…

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Our Adoption Story (Part 5 of 7)

Charissa shares what it was like when they got the news of their second match! What an incredibly joyful yet scary moment! THE match: a whirlwind Hours before I received THE call in the afternoon of October 22, 2015, I had decided and come to peace with the fact that I would not be a…

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