Sunday, December 6, 2015

Adoption Day

November 20 is the official Adoption Day in the United States. With over 400,000 children in foster care, just in the United States, and more going into foster care all the time, there is a great need for people to take these abused children in, give them homes, and hopefully a forever home.

I've been privileged to know Meemaw and Papa (that's what everyone, even adults, call them!) Haws for years now. We met about 8 years ago at a church we both attended. Meemaw is one of the sweetest, kindest, and sassiest people I've ever met, and we just clicked right away! Her no nonsense style about everything is just a breath of fresh air. She speaks her mind, no matter what, and honestly it's the thing I love most about her! Papa is a quiet man, but one of the most loving people you will ever meet. He loves children, and children love him. He's not afraid to get down on the floor and play wolf with them. Basically it's a game he plays where he's the wolf chasing children around the house.

Their story started back in 2012, and it's an amazing story of grace and G-d's perfect timing in their lives.

In 2012 they had finally finished getting their foster parents license. It was a (according to Meemaw) ridiculous procedure that took entirely too long, but looking back it was in G-d's hands the entire time. Within hours of getting their foster license they had a placement. Two little girls and a 6 month old baby boy. I remember well going over to her house, after she went from just having her grandchildren around, to suddenly having an overflowing house! Forget showering, forget cleaning, it was all she could do to just stay sane! I washed and braided the girls' hair, while she cleaned up, took care of the little one, and had a moments peace. Days turned into months, then into years. The girls had been placed into another family- a family that wanted to adopt them- and Meemaw and Papa found themselves with not just the one little boy, but his little brother that they had received when he was just days old.

For the longest time adoption was something that wasn't even in their minds. They were just following G-d's calling to be foster parents, and care for the fatherless, but very soon (as you can imagine) those little boys began to work their way into their hearts, and they started trying to get the courts to allow them to adopt. That was a process that took, seemingly, forever. Court date after court date, stalling from the biological parents, and misplaced paperwork meant that the process took even longer.

Without going into a lot of detail, and private information, termination of parental rights was finally coming up- three and a half years in the making. The biological parents did the right thing and signed over their rights in the end and signed them over voluntarily. Meemaw and Papa were finally going to get to adopt their little boys!

Honestly, the way G-d worked it all out is just amazing. Hours after getting the paperwork back, saying they were licensed foster care parents, they get children in need of a home. While the two little girls were moved into a different home, amazingly the children were moved a limited amount of times- the boys never moving homes. I have no doubt that G-d placed the desire for being a foster parent into their hearts just so they could adopt those sweet boys. The girls' adoption day is coming up on December 18th, and they too will have a forever family.

After offering my photography skills, getting the time and date set up, it was adoption day. On November 20, the official Adoption Day, I was so honored to be able to capture the emotion of this glorious day that two little boys finally got their forever home.





















The moment that the judge granted the adoption.


I think that C's face says it all!



Congratulations Meemaw, Papa, C, and S Haws! I'm so happy for you and blessed that I was able to be there for you in that beautiful moment!

Until Next Time,
In2Kermit

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