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Adoption Always Works Out Perfectly The First Time, Right?

Intro by Kyle Killebrew, Director of Advancement and Marketing, Choice Adoptions

The perfect family picture. A family sitting on the grass with perfect lighting. Everyone is smiling and everyone is happy, right? Unfortunately this isn't always the case. Sometimes called “rehoming” in adoption, a child may need a second chance to fit into a forever family. In today’s blog we get to hear from Sarah Brown, an adoptive mother who has adopted three boys who had previously been adopted. Here she shares her story of hope and her happy family.


By Guest Blogger, Sarah Brown

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I always wanted to be a mom. After doing foster care for a year with my sister, I knew deep in my heart that I wanted to pursue adoption. It wasn’t long before I learned about adoption dissolutions. Adoption is supposed to be forever. Sometimes, it’s not. For a variety of reasons some children need new adoptive families. This was a subset of adoption that I felt a calling toward.

Using Choice Adoptions for my home study and post placement reports and the Second Chance Adoption Agency, I found my first son, Daniel. After being adopted from South Korea and living with his first family for almost a decade- they decided he needed a new home. I prayerfully considered this sweet child and before long he was home in his new family, with me. Daniel loves Legos, Star Wars, and anything involving time with his Mom. He is a sweet, tender-hearted child, who is finally home forever.

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About a year later, I saw Ian’s precious face on the website and instantly envisioned him in our family. Ian, having been adopted from Bulgaria, and living with his first adoptive family for two years now needed a new home. Daniel was so excited to become a big brother to Ian and to have someone who shared a little of his own background. Ian loves basketball, soccer, and all things Batman related. Both boys are absolute blessings to anyone who meets them. It is impossible not to fall in love with them instantly. They help me to be a better mom everyday and find new ways to help them heal from their past trauma.

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Eighteen months later we realized we have room in our home and hearts for another child. Noah needed a new home and in a few short months he was home! Noah has been home with us now for two months and is thriving! He loves his new mom, brothers, and fiesta cat named Joie.

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I am thankful to Choice Adoptions for help with my adoptions! They helped create our happy family.



Thank you to Sarah for sharing this amazing story and the beautiful pictures of her family. We are so thankful for parents like Sarah and the love she showers on her boys.

Here is more info about second chance adoptions:

A failed adoption is sometimes referred to as a “disruption”. And while most infant adoptions don’t end in disruption, it can happen. According to a 2010 study from the University of Minnesota and Hennepin County, Minnesota, between 6 and 11 percent of all adoptions are disrupted before they are finalized. For children older than 3, disruption rates range between 10 and 16 percent; for teens, it can be as high as 24 percent. Families who are open to giving a child a second chance can expect much shorter waiting times to adopt. Compared to other types of adoption, the waiting time to adopt a child who has been previously adopted can be just a few months. Click HERE to learn more about second chance adoption programs and how they work. Choice Adoptions is here to help you with your plan to adopt. Contact us for more information.


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